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Thomas Carlyle quotes (153)

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
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A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
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A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
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A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
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A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
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A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
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A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
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Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
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All great peoples are conservative.
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All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
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Be not a slave of words.
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
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Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
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Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
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Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.
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Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
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Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
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Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
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Endurance is patience concentrated.
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Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
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Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
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Every noble work is at first impossible.
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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
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Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
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Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
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For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
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For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent, does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that - is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
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Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.
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Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
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Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
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He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.
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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
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History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
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History, a distillation of rumour.
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Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
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I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
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I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it.
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I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am.
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I grow daily to honour facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing; a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
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I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
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If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
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If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
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If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.
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If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
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If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
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Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.
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Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.
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In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
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In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
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In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
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Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
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It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
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It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
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It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
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It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
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Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
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Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
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Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
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Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
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Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.
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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
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Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
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Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
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Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
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