Thomas Carlyle

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Born Friday 4 December 1795, died Saturday 5 February 1881

Professions: Historian, Philosopher, Writer

Nationality: Scottish

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The true university of these days is a collection of books.

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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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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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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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History, a distillation of rumour.

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Worship is transcendent wonder.

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Happy the people whose annals are vacant.

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No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

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To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.

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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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Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.

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Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.

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Endurance is patience concentrated.

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Wonder is the basis of worship.

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Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is.

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Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, - till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.

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If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.

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The spiritual is the parent of the practical.

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Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

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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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