Quotes by Scottish Philosopher Thomas Carlyle


A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. Thomas Carlyle

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

Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own. Thomas Carlyle

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. Thomas Carlyle

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

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself. Thomas Carlyle

Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. 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

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

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart. Thomas Carlyle

Wonder is the basis of worship. Thomas Carlyle

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

Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others. Thomas Carlyle

There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems. Thomas Carlyle

A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads. Thomas Carlyle


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