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Thomas Carlyle

1795-1881. British historian and essayist.

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I don't pretend to understand the Universe -- it's a great deal bigger than I am.

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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.

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Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

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No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy.

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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.

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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.

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When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances.

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The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.

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Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, --till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.

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Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.

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