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Thomas Carlyle
December 4, 1795 - February 5, 1881
Nationality: Scottish
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Scottish Philosopher

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.


Endurance is patience concentrated.


Clever men are good, but they are not the best.


Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.


A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.


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?


Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.


Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.


The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.


No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.


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.


No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.


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.


In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.


The eye sees what it brings the power to see.


Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.


Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.


Necessity dispenseth with decorum.


History, a distillation of rumour.


To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.


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