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Thomas Carlyle Quotes and Sayings

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

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

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

 

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
- Thomas Carlyle

Worship is transcendent wonder.
- 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

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

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
- 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 difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great
conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

I don't pretend to understand the Universe -
it's a great deal bigger than I am.
- 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

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

When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual,
its behavior ceases to be intelligent.
- 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

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

Silence is more eloquent than words.
- Thomas Carlyle

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

History, a distillation of rumour.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

All great peoples are conservative.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
- Thomas Carlyle


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