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12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881
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Do not expect good from another's death.

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

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Don't promise twice what you can do at once.

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

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In doing nothing men learn to do evil.

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

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Should anyone attempt to deceive you by false expressions, and not be a true friend at heart, act in the same manner, and thus art will defeat art. [If you would catch a man let him think he is catching you.]

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

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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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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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