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There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
by Thomas Carlyle

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

 

If you look deep enough you will see music;
the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein
of water flowing hidden underground,
secretly making the ground green.
- Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is he who has found his work;
let him ask no other blessedness.
- Thomas Carlyle

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Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately,
rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
- Thomas Carlyle

The end of man is action, and not thought,
though it be of the noblest.
- Thomas Carlyle

If you do not wish a man to do a thing,
you had better get him to talk about it;
for the more men talk,
the more likely they are to do nothing else.
- Thomas Carlyle

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till
they are brushed off entirely,
they would spin for ever on their axis,
advancing nowhere.
- Thomas Carlyle

No violent extreme endures.
- Thomas Carlyle

Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it
coverts itself into conduct.
- Thomas Carlyle

Secrecy is the element of all goodness;
even virtue,
even beauty is mysterious.
- Thomas Carlyle

Show me the person you honor, for I know better by
that the kind of person you are.
For you show me what your idea of humanity is.
- Thomas Carlyle

For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent,
does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that -
is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
- Thomas Carlyle

Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope,
he has no other possession but hope;
this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
- Thomas Carlyle

The three great elements of modern civilization,
Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
- Thomas Carlyle

All that mankind has done, thought or been:
it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
- Thomas Carlyle

The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently,
but to live manfully.
- Thomas Carlyle

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.
- Thomas Carlyle

The man of life upright has a guiltless heart,
free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.
- Thomas Carlyle

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
- Thomas Carlyle

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
- Thomas Carlyle

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind,
can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
- Thomas Carlyle

The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
- Thomas Carlyle

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
- Thomas Carlyle

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.
- Thomas Carlyle

Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due;
woe to him that refuses it when it is.
- Thomas Carlyle

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune,
but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
- Thomas Carlyle

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
- Thomas Carlyle

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People,
with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say,
Like People like Government.
- Thomas Carlyle

I grow daily to honour facts more and more,
and theory less and less.
A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing;
a sentence printed,
if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
- Thomas Carlyle

He who could foresee affairs three days in advance
would be rich for thousands of years.
- Thomas Carlyle

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
- Thomas Carlyle

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.
- Thomas Carlyle

Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
- Thomas Carlyle

No man lives without jostling and being jostled;
in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world,
giving and receiving offence.
- Thomas Carlyle

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl,
always give her the benefit of the doubt.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine.
The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
- Thomas Carlyle

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous;
no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work,
how much less a nation.
- Thomas Carlyle

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
- Thomas Carlyle

Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Thomas Carlyle

Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.
- Thomas Carlyle

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome
that hangs over everything is better.
- Thomas Carlyle

Thought is the parent of the deed.
- Thomas Carlyle

What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite.
- Thomas Carlyle

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart,
for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
- Thomas Carlyle

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
- Thomas Carlyle

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for,
and constantly quarrel with.
- Thomas Carlyle

All great peoples are conservative.
- Thomas Carlyle

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
- Thomas Carlyle

The true university of these days is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness
than disbelief in great men.
- Thomas Carlyle

Do the duty which lies nearest to you,
the second duty will then become clearer.
- Thomas Carlyle

Man is a tool-using animal.
Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
- Thomas Carlyle

In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
- Thomas Carlyle

What we become depends on what we read after all of
the professors have finished with us.
The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure
there is one less rascal in the world.
- Thomas Carlyle

The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent
and the color of temperament and heart.
- Thomas Carlyle

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
- Thomas Carlyle

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes
more often than our fortune.
- Thomas Carlyle

Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness;
it is because there is an Infinite in him,
which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
- Thomas Carlyle

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.
- Thomas Carlyle

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
- Thomas Carlyle

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
- Thomas Carlyle

The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great
conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.
- Thomas Carlyle

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth
as well as height and is solid.
- Thomas Carlyle


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