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12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881
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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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He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.

Printing Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. V)

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Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself.

Work Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (bk. II, ch. XVII)

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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

Influence Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs

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Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is affected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation.

Influence Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs

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If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero?

Heroes Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero-Worship (lecture IV)

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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind.

Heroes Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus--Organic Filaments

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A man must indeed be a hero to appear such in the eyes of his valet. [Fr., Il faut etre bien heros pour l'etre aux yeux de son valet-de-chambre.]

Heroes Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus--Organic Filaments

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What gained we, little moth? Thy ashes, Thy one brief parting pang may show: And withering thoughts for soul that dashes, From deep to deep, are but a death more slow.

Moths Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Tragedy of the Night Moth (st. 14)

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To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope.

Change Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Characteristics

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Youth is to all the glad reason of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.

Youth Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Schiller

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Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?

Journalism Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: French Revolution (pt. II, bk. 1, ch. 4)

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A parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.

Journalism Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Latter Day Pamphlets (no. VI, Parliaments)

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Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.

Teaching Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: "In Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves

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He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living.

Teaching Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Schiller

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Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go.

Wealth Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (ch. VI)

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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.

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

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Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less.

Money Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Frederick the Great (bk. IV, ch. III)

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Man always worships something; always he sees the Infinite shadowed forth in something finite; and indeed can and must so see it in any finite thing, once tempt him well to fix his eyes thereon.

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

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We have not the love of greatness, but the love of the love of greatness.

Greatness Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Characteristics (vol. III)

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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.

Greatness Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus--The Everlasting Yea (bk. II, ch. IX)

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All history is a Bible--a thing stated in words by me more than once.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: quoted in Froude's "Early Life of Carlyle"

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Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Cromwell's Letter and Speeches--Introduction (ch. I)

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History is the essence of innumerable Biographies.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--On History

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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--On History

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