A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.— Thomas Carlyle
The most memorable Thomas Carlyle quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.
Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled;
in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
He who has health, has hope, and he who has hope, has everything.
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine.
The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
Endurance is patience concentrated.
A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.
These Arabs, the man Mahomet, and that one century, - is it not as if a spark had fallen, one spark, on a world of what proves explosive powder, blazes heaven-high from Delhi to Granada! I said, the Great man was always as lightning out of Heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel, and then they too would flame.
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances.
Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
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.
Superstition! that horrid incubus which dwelt in darkness, shunning the light, with all its racks, and poison chalices, and foul sleeping draughts, is passing away without return. Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky; but the stars are there and will reappear.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own.
Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things.
A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes.
Nothing can teach us better than our understanding of them. This is one of the best ways of self-education.
Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
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.
A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.
Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man
Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.
The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.
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.
No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
Who is it that loves me and will love me forever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Speech is silver, silence is golden.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.