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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Thomas Carlyle. (1795–1881) (continued)
      A Parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.
          Latter Day Pamphlet, No. 6. (1850.)
      The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.
          Latter Day Pamphlet, No. 8. (1850.)
      Genius … means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble. 1 
          Life of Frederick the Great. Book iv. Chap. iii.
      Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books. 2 
          Life of Frederick the Great. Book xvi. Chap. i.
      He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired Armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.
          Sartor Resartus. Book i. Chap. v.
      What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite.
          Sartor Resartus. Book ii. Chap. i.
      Alas the fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
          Sartor Resartus. Book ii. Chap. vii.
      As the Swiss inscription says: Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden,—“Speech is silvern, Silence is golden;” or, as I might rather express it, Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity.
          Sartor Resartus. Book iii. Chap. iii.
      In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.
          Heroes and Hero-Worship. The Hero as a Man of Letters.
Note 1.
Buffon says:—“La génie n’est autre chose qu’une grande aptitude à la patience. (Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience).” There is also a popular proverb: “Genius is patience.” See also Disraeli, p. 627: “Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.” See Leslie Stephen: “Genius is a capacity for taking trouble.” Jan Walæus also says: “Genius is an intuitive talent for labor.” [back]
Note 2.
Montesquieu: Aphorism. [back]