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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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A dandy is a clothes-wearing man--a man whose trade, office, and existence consist in the wearing of clothes. Every faculty of his soul, spirit, person and purse is heroically consecrated to this one object--the wearing of clothes, wisely and well; so that, as others dress to live, he lives to dress.
      - [Dandy]

A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world.
      - [Genius]

A heavenly awe overshadowed and encompassed, as it still ought, and must, all earthly business whatsoever.
      - [Awe]

A judicious man uses statistics, not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted upon him.
      - [Statistics]

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
      - [Laughter]

A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found. I am for fumigating the atmosphere when I suspect that falsehood, like pestilence, breathes around me.
      - [Falsehood]

A man ought to inquire and find out what he really and truly has an appetite for; what suits his constitution; and that, doctors tell him, is the very thing he ought to have in general. And so with books.
      - [Books]

A man's religion consists, not of the many things he is in doubt of and tries to believe, but of the few he is assured of and has no need of effort for believing.
      - [Religion]

A man--be the heavens ever praised!--is sufficient for himself.
      - [Aspiration : Associates]

A noble book! all men's book!
      - [Bible]

A pygmy standing on the outward crust of this small planet, his far-reaching spirit stretches outward to the infinite, and there alone finds rest.
      - [Man]

A silent, great soil; he was one of those who cannot but be in earnest; whom Nature herself has appointed to be sincere.
      - [Sincerity]

A star is beautiful; it affords pleasure, not from what it is to do, or to give, but simply by being what it is. It befits the heavens; it has congruity with the mighty space in which it dwells. It has repose; no force disturbs its eternal peace. It has freedom; no obstruction lies between it and infinity.
      - [Stars]

A thinking man is the worst enemy the Prince of Darkness can have; every time such a one announces himself, I doubt not there runs a shudder through the nether empire; and new emissaries are trained with new tactics, to, if possible, entrap him, and hoodwink and handcuff him.
      - [Thought]

A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.
      - [Biography]

A very sea of thought; neither calm nor clear, if you will, yet wherein the toughest pearl-diver may dive to his utmost depth, and return not only with sea-wreck but with true orients.
      - [Thought]

A word spoken in season, at the right moment; is the mother of ages.
      - [Opportunity]

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

Affectation is the product of falsehood.
      - [Affectation]

Alas! we know that ideals can never be completely embodied in practice. Ideals must ever lie a great way off--and we will thankfully content ourselves with any not intolerable approximation thereto! Let no man, as Schiller says, too querulously "measure by a scale of perfection the meager product of reality" in this poor world of ours.
      - [Ideality]

Alas! while the body stands so broad and brawny, must the soul lie blinded, dwarfed, stupefied, almost annihilated? Alas! this was, too, a breath of God, bestowed in heaven, but on earth never to be unfolded!
      - [Soul]

Alas, the fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
      - [Unbelief]

All are born to observe laws; few are born to establish them.
      - [Servitude]

All history is a Bible--a thing stated in words by me more than once.
      - quoted in Froude's "Early Life of Carlyle"

All human souls, never so bedarkened, love light; light once kindled, spreads till all is luminous.
      - [Light]

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