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Thomas Carlyle

1795-1881. British historian and essayist.

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By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.

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Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope.

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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.

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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

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In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

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I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

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Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.

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The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb, for we have no word to speak about it.

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Thought is the parent of the deed.

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For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.

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