What to do about it? For Carlyle, there is only one way: "the Fraction of Life can be increased in value not so much by increasing your Numerator as by lessening your Denominator. Nay, unless my Algebra deceive me, Unity itself divided by Zero will give Infinity. Make thy claim of wages of zero, then; thou hast the world under thy feet. Well did the Wisest of our time [by which he means Goethe] write 'It is only with Renunciation (Entsagen) that Life, properly speaking, can be said to begin.'" As we can see then, Carlyle's command is "Lessen thy denominator." Stop going for the infinite, and you will find yourself much more easily satisfied with the finite. For that matter, if you can avoid going for anything at all, you'll feel yourself to be embarrassingly rich. This line of thinking is what J.S. Mill would later call "the anti-self-consciousness theory of Carlyle" (Autobiography, Ch. 5).
The observation I would like to make here is that the numerator/denominator relationship in which Carlyle was interested is roughly the same as the relationship of explicit to implicit reason in Newman's thirteenth University Sermon. Newman was trying, then, to account for that great interior knowledge that Carlyle, wounded as he was by the arrows of rationalism, could not believe was possible. Newman's great rejoinder was that, in fact, Carlyle would never have any numerator at all if he were not already, antecedently, in possession of the whole denominator. One cannot possess explicit, finite knowledge, without an implicit, a priori grasp of the whole, in which the finite particulars are grounded. On Newman's terms, then, there is something absurd about Carlyle's proposition. It means teaching ourselves to deny something we always already have.