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

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

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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

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

 

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

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

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
- Thomas Carlyle

Thought is the parent of the deed.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain,
but what we do.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can
be altogether irreclaimably bad.
- 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

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

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

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

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
- 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 do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
- Thomas Carlyle

The greatest of faults, I should say,
is to be conscious of none.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall,
but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
- 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

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

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

Old age is not a matter for sorrow.
It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.
- Thomas Carlyle

Silence is more eloquent than words.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies
a silence that is better,
Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

No person is important enough to make me angry.
- 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

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

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

I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me.
It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while,
but one soon tires of it.
- Thomas Carlyle

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general,
the language of the devil; for which reason I have
long since as good as renounced it.
- Thomas Carlyle

It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
- Thomas Carlyle

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead:
therefore we must learn both arts.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
- 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

The world is a republic of mediocrities,
and always was.
- Thomas Carlyle

To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass,
is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.
- 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

One must verify or expel his doubts,
and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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


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