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Thomas Carlyle

1795-1881. British historian and essayist.

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Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!

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Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.

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The whole past is the procession of the present.

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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

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Work alone is noble.

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A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.

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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.

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The spiritual is the parent of the practical.

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It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.

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If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.

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