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 :: 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

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Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Cleverness]

 

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Conclusive facts are inseparable from inconclusive except by a head that already understands and knows.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Facts]

 

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Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Belief]

 

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Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Potential]

 

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Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Duty]

 

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Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Doubt]

 

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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Egotism]

 

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Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Labor]

 

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Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Opinions]

 

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Every noble work is at first impossible.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Work]

 

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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Action]

 

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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 man.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Fame]

 

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Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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For man is not the creature and product of Mechanism; but, in a far truer sense, its creator and producer.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Machinery]

 

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For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Suffering]

 

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For the ''superior morality,'' of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this ''superior morality'' is properly rather an ''inferior criminality,'' produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Morality]

 

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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Genius]

 

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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.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Upbringing]

 

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Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Wisdom]

 

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