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Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

  • What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest.
- Chartism
  • A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.
- Chartism
  • A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
- Richter
  • The three great elements of modern civilization, Gunpowder, Printing and the Protestant Religion.
- The State of German Literature
  • What we might call, by way of eminence, the Dismal Science.
- On the Negro Question
  • 'Do the duty which lies nearest thee,' which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.
- Sartor Resartus
  • No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
- Sartor Resartus
  • Man is a tool-using animal… Without tools he is nothing, with tools, he is all.
- Sartor Resartus
  • Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
- Sartor Resartus
  • Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Sartor Resartus
  • France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.
- History of the French Revolution
  • A whiff of grapeshot.
- History of the French Revolution
  • Genius… means transcendent capacity of taking trouble.
- Life of Frederick the Great
  • Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
- Frederick the Great
  • The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Heroes and Hero Worship
  • The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
- letter to Emerson, May 13, 1853
  • The age of miracles is forever here!
- The Hero as Priest
  • Vain hope to make people happy by politics!
- Journal, October 10, 1831
  • I don't pretend to understand the universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am. … People ought to be modester.
- quoted in D A Wilson and D Wilson Mc Arthur, Carlyle in Old Age
  • Blessed is he who has found his work. Let him ask no other blessedness.
- Past and Present
  • 'A fair day's wages for a fair day's work': it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man.
- Past and Present
  • Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
- speech, April 2, 1886

John Keats


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