Tag Archives: Thomas Carlyle

A Matter of Free Will

“Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.” ~ Thomas Carlyle in¬†Essays,¬†“Goethe’s Works” Been thinking a lot about free will lately. I … Continue reading


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The Opposite of Courage

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Discourage. Odd word. Dis-courage. Dis-, a Latin prefix meaning apart, asunder. … Continue reading

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Fighting the fear

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. ~~Thomas Carlyle I’m not so sure I agree with Carlyle. I’ve acted when afraid by just ignoring it. Conquer is … Continue reading

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