Quotes and Quotations

Memorable Quotes and quotations from Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle Scottish author, essayist, & historian (1795 - 1881)


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- 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.

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- Happy are the people whose annals are blank in history books

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

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

Thomas Carlyle - Past and Present, 1843
- Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.

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- Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.

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- It is not a lucky word, this name "impossible"; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths.

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- 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.

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

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- That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.

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

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- 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 - Proflies in Courage by: John F. Kennedy
- The Courage that we all prize and seek is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.

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- Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.

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

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- 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.

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

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- 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.

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- In idleness there is a perpetual despair.

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

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- The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.

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- 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.

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- 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 - Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840
- No sadder proof can be given by man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

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- Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.

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- 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.

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- If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, give her the benefit of the doubt.

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

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- When words leave off, music begins.

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- France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.

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

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- A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.