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Thomas Carlyle
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Variant: "Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." From: "Critical and miscellaneous essays: in 7 vol, Volume 2" by Thomas Carlyle (1869), p. 230, "Signs of the Time (1829)"
Thomas Carlyle
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Variant: "Permanence, persistence is the first condition of all fruitfulness in the ways of men. The 'tendency to persevere,' to persist in spite of hindrances, discouragements and ' impossibilities:' it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." From: "Past and Present" (1843), Book IV: Horoscope, "Permanence"


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Thomas Carlyle
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Born: December 4, 1795

Died: February 5, 1881 (aged 85)

Nationality: Scottish

Occupation: Philosopher, essayist, satirist, historian

Bio: Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He called economics the dismal science, wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social commentator.

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