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Thomas Carlyle

1795-1881. British historian and essayist.

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Real good breeding, as the people have it here, is one of the finest things now going in the world. The careful avoidance of all discussion, the swift hopping from topic to topic, does not agree with me; but the graceful style they do it with is beyond that of minuets!

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

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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.

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The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.

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There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.

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If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart.

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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.

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The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

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Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man

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Let each become all that he was created capable of being.

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