Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle (1795-12-04 1881-02-05) was a Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian, whose work was hugely influential during the Victorian era.
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Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.

Thomas Carlyle

The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Friendship, in the old heroic sense of that term, no longer exists. It is in reality no longer expected or recognized as a virtue among men.

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.

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

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

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

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

Thomas Carlyle

What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere in life the true question is, not what we have gained, but what we do.

Thomas Carlyle

Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.

Thomas Carlyle

The main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle

Life is a little gleam of time between two eternities.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy.

Thomas Carlyle

It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.

Thomas Carlyle

Foolish men imagine that because judgement for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgement 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

No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors.

Thomas Carlyle

If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated reading deserves to be read at all.

Thomas Carlyle

The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb, for we have no word to speak about it.

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