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12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881
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We see not our own backs.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Many diseases may be cured by abstinence.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.

Adversity Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture 5)

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High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.

Words Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. VIII)

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Woe to him, . . . who has no court of appeal against the world's judgment.

Judgment Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Mirabeau

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What is all Knowledge too but recorded Experience, and a product of History; of which, therefore, Reasoning and Belief, no less than Action and Passion, are essential materials?

Knowledge Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays (On History)

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Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.

Poetry Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (3)

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For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.

Poetry Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sir Walter Scott--London and Westminster Review

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Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.

Fame Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essay--Goethe

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Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles.

Fame Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (ch. XVII)

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When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

Fame Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (ch. XVII)

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No good Book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first.

Goodness Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Novalis

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Silence is more eloquent than words.

Silence Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture II)

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Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, Necessity and Freewill.

Soul Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Works

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The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.

Action Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Signs of the Times

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Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of--the air!

England Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Richter

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A certain man has called us, "of all peoples the wisest in action," but he added, "the stupidest in speech."

England Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: The Nigger Question

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If I say that Shakespeare is the greatest of intellects, I have said all concerning him. But there is more in Shakespeare's intellect than we have yet seen. It is what I call an unconscious intellect; there is more virtue in it that he himself is aware of.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Characteristics of Shakespeare

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Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?

Thought Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture I)

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Thought once awakened does not again slumber.

Thought Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture I)

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A Poet without Love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility.

Poets Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Burns

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If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.

Reading Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Helena

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We have not read an author till we have seen his object, whatever it may be, as he saw it.

Reading Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Helena

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We are firm believers in the maxim that, for all right judgment of any man or thing, it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.

Character Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe

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Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

Rebellion Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Works

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