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


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


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


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




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


  6. 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.


  7. Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.


  8. Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.


  9. Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.


  10. Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.


  11. The purpose of man is in action not thought.


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


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


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


  15. Silence is more eloquent than words.


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


  17. Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.


  18. Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.


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


  20. Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.


  21. Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

    • silence

  22. The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.


  23. The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.


  24. The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self.


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

    • doubt

  26. A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.


  27. The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.


  28. One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music.

    • music

  29. No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.

    • belief

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



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About Thomas Carlyle

Name Thomas Carlyle
About Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian
Quotes 273 quotes
Nationality Scottish
Profession Philosopher
Birthday December 4, 1795
Top topics work, silence, actions, books, heart

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What are the best work quotes by Thomas Carlyle?


    Every noble work is at first impossible.


    Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it! How, as a free-flowing channel, dug and torn by noble force through the sour mudswamp of one's existence, like an ever-deepening river there, it runs and flows;

    • work

    A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.

    • work

    A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.

    • work

    Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments, Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know thyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at.

    • work

    Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.


    The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

    • business

    Work alone is noble.

    • work

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What are the best silence quotes by Thomas Carlyle?


    Silence is more eloquent than words.

    • silence

    Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

    • silence

    Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.

    • silence

    Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.

    • silence

    When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

    • silence

    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.

    • silence

    Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.


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What are the best actions quotes by Thomas Carlyle?


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


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

    • actions

    Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

    • actions

    Action hangs, as it were, dissolved in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.

    • actions

    The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.

    • actions

    No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.

    • actions

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What are the best books quotes by 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.

    • education

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

    • books

    All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

    • books

    There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.

    • books

    In books lies the soul of the whole past time.

    • books

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What are the best heart quotes by Thomas Carlyle?


    A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.


    The heart always sees before than the head can see.


    A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.


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

    • life

    It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.

    • heart

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Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.


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


Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.


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




Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.

  • silence

If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.


The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.


Wonder is the basis of worship.


Let each become all that he was created capable of being.


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


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


Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.

  • belief

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.


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


Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.


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


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


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

  • actions

If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.


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


The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive.


He that can work is born to be king of something.


Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.


Clever men are good, but they are not the best.


If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.

  • music

Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man

  • laughter

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.

  • silence

The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person.

  • wisdom

The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.

  • greatness

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.


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


By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.


It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.


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


Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.


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


The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.


Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.


Thought is the parent of the deed.


I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.


The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit.


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


For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.

  • suffering

Conclusive facts are inseparable from inconclusive except by a head that already understands and knows.


Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.

  • love

History is the distillation of rumor.


Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.


Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.


It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.


The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against unbelief.

  • belief

No violent extreme endures.


History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.


Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ.


Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.


No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.


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


The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.


Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.

  • potential

All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.


It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.


For man is not the creature and product of Mechanism; but, in a far truer sense, its creator and producer.


Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.

  • politics

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


The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.


A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

  • love

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.


Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.


No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses.


The actual well seen is ideal.


Necessity dispenseth with decorum.


If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?


Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.


No age seemed the age of romance to itself.


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


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

  • actions

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.


What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite.


In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.


Society is founded upon cloth.

  • fashion

A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.


Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction.


The eye sees what it brings the power to see.


Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.


The spiritual is the parent of the practical.


The devil has his elect.

  • evil

The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

  • age

Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.


Life is a little gleam of time between two eternity s.

  • life

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

  • books

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.


Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.


The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.


Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.


Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.


The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.


Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature.


After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

  • reading

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.

  • laughter

In private life I never knew anyone interfere with other people's disputes but he heartily repented of it.

  • life

A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.


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

  • business

Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.


Every noble work is at first impossible.

  • work

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.


The hell of these days is the fear of not getting along, especially of not making money.


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.

  • change

All great peoples are conservative.


The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.


I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country.

  • prophecy

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.


The whole past is the procession of the present.

  • history

Variety is the condition of harmony.


The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.


Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

  • actions

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.


The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.

  • actions

Work alone is noble.

  • work

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.

  • kindness

Endurance is patience concentrated.


Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.

  • life


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