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Quotations From THOMAS CARLYLE

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  • 41.
    We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named "fair competition" and so forth, it is a mutual hostility.
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Past and Present, bk. 3, ch. 2 (1843).

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  • 42.
    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.
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Signs of the Times (1829) first published in Edinburgh Review, no. 98. Closing words.

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  • 43.
    What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a Man ... by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts?
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Teufelsdröckh, in Sartor Resartus, bk. 2, ch. 10 (1833-1834).

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  • 44.
    A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. letter, Oct. 22, 1842.
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