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 :: 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

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A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Wages]

 

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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Crafts]

 

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A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Argument]

 

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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.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Work]

 

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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.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Unemployment]

 

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A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Goals]

 

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A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Reason]

 

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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Focus]

 

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A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Commitment]

 

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A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Biography]

 

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Action hangs, as it were, ''dissolved'' in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Action]

 

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Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Adversity]

 

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After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Books and Reading]

 

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All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Evil]

 

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All great peoples are conservative.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Conservatives]

 

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All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Responsibility]

 

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But the whim we have of happiness is somewhat thus. By certain valuations, and averages, of our own striking, we come upon some sort of average terrestrial lot; this we fancy belongs to us by nature, and of indefeasible rights. It is simple payment of our wages, of our deserts; requires neither thanks nor complaint. Foolish soul! What act of legislature was there that thou shouldst be happy? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be at all.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Happiness]

 

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By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Change]

 

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Cash-payment is not the sole nexus of man with man.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Payment]

 

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Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world.
~ Thomas Carlyle - [Money]

 

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