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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent
by 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 eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

 

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- 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

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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

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness
than disbelief in great men.
- 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 ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.
- Thomas Carlyle

It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
- 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

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

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

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All great peoples are conservative.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

The first duty of man is to conquer fear;
he must get rid of it,
he cannot act till then.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thought is the parent of the deed.
- 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

Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Be not a slave of words.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about,
is happiness enough to get their work done.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Silence is more eloquent than words.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

History, a distillation of rumour.
- Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
- Thomas Carlyle


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