Thomas Carlyle quote about death from On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History - One Life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us forevermore!
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One Life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us forevermore!
 Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (1841). copy citation

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“Or indeed what of the world and its victories? Men speak too much about the world. Each one of us here, let the world go how it will, and be victorious or not victorious, has he not a Life of his own to lead? One Life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us forevermore! It were well for us to live not as fools and simulacra, but as wise and realities. The world's being saved will not save us; nor the world's being lost destroy us. We should look to ourselves: there is great merit here in the "duty of staying at home"!” source

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