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Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason,
by Thomas Carlyle

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason,
being confined to the human species.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

 

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

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- 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

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
- Thomas Carlyle

Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.
- 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

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

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

Youth is to all the glad season of life;
but often only by what it hopes,
not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
- Thomas Carlyle

History shows that the majority of people that have
done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
- Thomas Carlyle

Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
- Thomas Carlyle

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
- Thomas Carlyle

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

A man willing to work, and unable to find work,
is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
- 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

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs;
no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies,
or can die.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

History, a distillation of rumour.
- Thomas Carlyle

A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he
do it in a devout manner.
- Thomas Carlyle

No violent extreme endures.
- Thomas Carlyle

It is a strange trade that of advocacy.
Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung
up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
- 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

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

If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth,
is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
- Thomas Carlyle

Thought is the parent of the deed.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
- Thomas Carlyle

Culture is the process by which a person becomes all
that they were created capable of being.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

This world, after all our science and sciences,
is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable,
magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
- Thomas Carlyle

Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many
points in common therewith.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April,
winter chilling the lap of very May;
but at length the season of summer does come.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.
- Thomas Carlyle

Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding
only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others,
rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
- Thomas Carlyle

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
- Thomas Carlyle

All great peoples are conservative.
- Thomas Carlyle

If there be no enemy there's no fight.
If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
- Thomas Carlyle

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
- 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

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

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent
or commanding except when he listens to this whisper
which is heard by him alone.
- Thomas Carlyle

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and
leaves the rest as surplus.
- Thomas Carlyle

The merit of originality is not novelty;
it is sincerity.
- Thomas Carlyle

Every day that is born into the world comes like a
burst of music and rings the whole day through,
and you make of it a dance, a dirge,
or a life march,
as you will.
- 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

Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Thomas Carlyle

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


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