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    A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Be not a slave of words. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Clever men are good, but they are not the best. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. Thomas-CarlyleThomas Carlyle
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    Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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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/">Thomas Carlyle
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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? Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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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/">Thomas Carlyle
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    Happy the people whose annals are vacant. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    History, a distillation of rumour. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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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. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation? Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. Thomas-Carlyle/">Thomas Carlyle
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    If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else. Thomas-Carlyle/41.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. Thomas-Carlyle/42.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding. Thomas-Carlyle/43.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government. Thomas-Carlyle/44.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man. Thomas-Carlyle/45.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics. Thomas-Carlyle/46.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see. Thomas-Carlyle/47.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species. Thomas-Carlyle/48.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas-Carlyle/49.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come. Thomas-Carlyle/50.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness. Thomas-Carlyle/51.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. Thomas-Carlyle/52.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. Thomas-Carlyle/53.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope. Thomas-Carlyle/54.php">Thomas Carlyle
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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. Thomas-Carlyle/55.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can. Thomas-Carlyle/56.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid. Thomas-Carlyle/57.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Necessity dispenseth with decorum. Thomas-Carlyle/58.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes. Thomas-Carlyle/59.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas-Carlyle/60.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve. Thomas-Carlyle/61.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. Thomas-Carlyle/62.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. Thomas-Carlyle/63.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No person is important enough to make me angry. Thomas-Carlyle/64.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. Thomas-Carlyle/65.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    No violent extreme endures. Thomas-Carlyle/66.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. Thomas-Carlyle/67.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world. Thomas-Carlyle/68.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. Thomas-Carlyle/69.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die. Thomas-Carlyle/70.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Thomas-Carlyle/71.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Oh, give us the man who sings at his work. Thomas-Carlyle/72.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us. Thomas-Carlyle/73.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance,but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas-Carlyle/74.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas-Carlyle/75.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation. Thomas-Carlyle/76.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    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. Thomas-Carlyle/77.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious. Thomas-Carlyle/78.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be. Thomas-Carlyle/79.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are. Thomas-Carlyle/80.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    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. Thomas-Carlyle/81.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time. Thomas-Carlyle/82.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. Thomas-Carlyle/83.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. Thomas-Carlyle/84.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. Thomas-Carlyle/85.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Teach a parrot the terms "supply and demand" and you've got an economist. Thomas-Carlyle/86.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. Thomas-Carlyle/87.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully. Thomas-Carlyle/88.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart. Thomas-Carlyle/89.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious. Thomas-Carlyle/90.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest. Thomas-Carlyle/91.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The eye sees what it brings the power to see. Thomas-Carlyle/92.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself. Thomas-Carlyle/93.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. Thomas-Carlyle/94.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas-Carlyle/95.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas-Carlyle/96.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity. Thomas-Carlyle/97.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. Thomas-Carlyle/98.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another. Thomas-Carlyle/99.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. Thomas-Carlyle/100.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done. Thomas-Carlyle/101.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The spiritual is the parent of the practical. Thomas-Carlyle/102.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas-Carlyle/103.php">Thomas Carlyle
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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. Thomas-Carlyle/104.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune. Thomas-Carlyle/105.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. Thomas-Carlyle/106.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Thought is the parent of the deed. Thomas-Carlyle/107.php">Thomas Carlyle
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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. Thomas-Carlyle/108.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. Thomas-Carlyle/109.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas-Carlyle/110.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle. Thomas-Carlyle/111.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. Thomas-Carlyle/112.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. Thomas-Carlyle/113.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. Thomas-Carlyle/114.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books. Thomas-Carlyle/115.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual, its behavior ceases to be intelligent. Thomas-Carlyle/116.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is. Thomas-Carlyle/117.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Wonder is the basis of worship. Thomas-Carlyle/118.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen. Thomas-Carlyle/119.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Work alone is noble. Thomas-Carlyle/120.php">Thomas Carlyle
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    Worship is transcendent wonder. Thomas-Carlyle/1">Thomas Carlyle
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    Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness. Thomas-Carlyle/1">Thomas Carlyle
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    Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes. Thomas-Carlyle/1">Thomas Carlyle