Quotation Explorer - 'Thomas Carlyle'

In idleness there is a perpetual despair. - Thomas Carlyle
The history of the world is but the biography of great men. - Thomas Carlyle
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. - Thomas Carlyle
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. - Thomas Carlyle
Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation. - Thomas Carlyle
The Courage that we all prize and seek is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully. - Thomas Carlyle
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against one other. - Thomas Carlyle
All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you. - Thomas Carlyle
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as eternity; speech is as shallow as time. - Thomas Carlyle
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man, but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. - 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
Happy are the people whose annals are blank in history books - Thomas Carlyle
True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laugther, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. - Thomas Carlyle
History is the essence of innumerable biographies. - Thomas Carlyle
The whole universe is but a huge Symbol of god". - Thomas Carlyle
In private life I never knew anyone interfere with other people's disputes but he heartily repented of it. - Thomas Carlyle
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. - Thomas Carlyle
To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself. - Thomas Carlyle
ليس لنا أن نتطلع إلى هدفٍ يلوح لنا باهتاً من بعد ، وإنما علينا أن ننجز ما بين أيدينا من عمل واضح بيِّن. - Thomas Carlyle
Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle
Oh, give us the man who sings at his work. - Thomas Carlyle
(Quoted by ) The rude man requires only to see something going on. The man of more refinement must be made to feel. The man of complete refinement must be made to reflect. - Thomas Carlyle
Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path .. A thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do .. To find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him. - Thomas Carlyle
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. - Thomas Carlyle
A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason. - Thomas Carlyle
No sadder proof can be given by man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. - Thomas Carlyle
A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. - Thomas Carlyle
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. - Thomas Carlyle
It is not a lucky word, this name "impossible"; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths. - Thomas Carlyle
That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy. - Thomas Carlyle
Surely of all ‘rights of man’, this right of the ignorant man to be guided by the wiser, to be, gently or forcibly, held in the true course by him, is the indisputablest. - Thomas Carlyle
Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death. - Thomas Carlyle
France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams. - 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
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. - Thomas Carlyle
If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. - Thomas Carlyle
My books are friends that never fail me."(Letter to his mother, Margaret A. Carlyle; 17 March 1817) - 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
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. - Thomas Carlyle
Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. - Thomas Carlyle
Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. - Thomas Carlyle
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one - Thomas Carlyle
Every poet... finds himself born in the midst of prose. He has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal. - Thomas Carlyle
No magic Rune is stranger than a Book. All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lyingas in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. - Thomas Carlyle
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world. - Thomas Carlyle
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. - Thomas Carlyle
All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. - Thomas Carlyle
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. - Thomas Carlyle
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. - 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
The true university of these days is a collection of books. - Thomas Carlyle
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity. - Thomas Carlyle
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further. - Thomas Carlyle
The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart - all else is wind in comparison. - Thomas Carlyle
Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer. - Thomas Carlyle
If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, give her the benefit of the doubt. - Thomas Carlyle
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