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  1. A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
  2. Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.
  3. Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
  4. He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
  5. No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
  6. Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
  7. Endurance is patience concentrated.
  8. A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
  9. A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
  10. Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.

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

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He who has health, has hope, and he who has hope, has everything.
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Endurance is patience concentrated. — Thomas Carlyle

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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. — Thomas Carlyle

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Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. — Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle Short Quotes

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  • War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
  • Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
  • Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
  • Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own.
  • Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
  • Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
  • A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
  • Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things.
  • If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
  • Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
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Thomas Carlyle Quotes On Leadership

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Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — Thomas Carlyle

Let him who would move and convince others, be first moved and convinced himself. — Thomas Carlyle

Leaders: Captains of industry. — Thomas Carlyle

We are not altogether here to tolerate. We are here to resist, to control and vanquish withal. — Thomas Carlyle

Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all. — Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle Quotes On Work

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Every noble work is at first impossible. — 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

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

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

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

It is through symbols that man consciously or unconsciously lives, works and has his being. — Thomas Carlyle

That a Parliament, especially a Parliament with Newspaper Reporters firmly established in it, is an entity which by its very nature cannot do work, but can do talk only. — Thomas Carlyle

The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind,honest work, which you intend getting done. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Thomas Carlyle Quotes On World

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

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

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. — Thomas Carlyle

One monster there is in the world, the idle man. — Thomas Carlyle

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

Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that "would," in this world of ours, is a mere zero to "should," and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to "shall. — Thomas Carlyle

The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was. — Thomas Carlyle

The great silent man! Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world,--words with little meaning, actions with little worth,--one loves to reflect on the great Empire of Silence. — Thomas Carlyle

Every poet, be his outward lot what it may, finds himself born in the midst of prose; h e has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal. — Thomas Carlyle

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself. — Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle Quotes On Person

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

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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. — Thomas Carlyle

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 greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person. — Thomas Carlyle

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done. — Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle Quotes On Life

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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

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

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named fair competition and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. — Thomas Carlyle

No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. — Thomas Carlyle

All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble. — Thomas Carlyle

Laws, written, if not on stone tables, yet on the azure of infinitude, in the inner heart of God's creation, certain as life, certain as death, are there, and thou shalt not disobey them. — Thomas Carlyle

Biography is the only true history. — Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle Quotes On Kind

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

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are. — Thomas Carlyle

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

Without kindness there can be no true joy. — Thomas Carlyle

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

There can be no acting or doing of any kind till it be recognized that there is a thing to be done; the thing once recognized, doing in a thousand shapes becomes possible. — Thomas Carlyle

Terror itself, when once grown transcendental, becomes a kind of courage; as frost sufficiently intense, according to the poet Milton, will burn. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — Thomas Carlyle

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

No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No the most common quality of in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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Endurance is patience concentrated. — Thomas Carlyle

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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. — Thomas Carlyle

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Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — 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

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. — Thomas Carlyle

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

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man. — Thomas Carlyle

Necessity dispenseth with decorum. — Thomas Carlyle

Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man — Thomas Carlyle

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

The eye sees what it brings the power to see. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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. — Thomas Carlyle

A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — Thomas Carlyle

Speech is silver, silence is golden. — Thomas Carlyle

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

The true university of these days is a collection of books. — Thomas Carlyle

True friends, like ivy and the wall Both stand together, and together fall. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Silence, the great Empire of Silence: higher than all stars; deeper than the Kingdom of Death! It alone is great; all else is small. — Thomas Carlyle

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

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

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. — Thomas Carlyle

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

The purpose of man is in action not thought. — Thomas Carlyle

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. — Thomas Carlyle

Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature. — Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves. — Thomas Carlyle

The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Husain and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Husain, despite his minority, marvels me! — Thomas Carlyle

Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally, among mankind. — Thomas Carlyle

Literature is the thought of thinking souls. — Thomas Carlyle

Laissez-faire, supply and demand-one begins to be weary of all that. Leave all to egotism, to ravenous greed of money, of pleasure, of applause-it is the gospel of despair. — Thomas Carlyle

Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect! — Thomas Carlyle

Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk. — Thomas Carlyle

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. — Thomas Carlyle

The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self. — Thomas Carlyle

Wise man was he who counselled that speculation should have free course, and look fearlessly towards all the thirty-two points of the compass, whithersoever and howsoever it listed. — Thomas Carlyle

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. — Thomas Carlyle

Silence is more eloquent than words. — Thomas Carlyle

Not what you possess but what you do with what you have, determines your true worth. — Thomas Carlyle

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. — Thomas Carlyle

Speech is great, but silence is greater. — Thomas Carlyle

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

As there is no danger of our becoming, any of us, Mahometans (i.e. Muslim), I mean to say all the good of him I justly can. — Thomas Carlyle

The beginning of all wisdom is to look fixedly on clothes, or even with armed eyesight, till they become transparent. — Thomas Carlyle

To be true is manly, chivalrous, Christian; to be false is mean, cowardly, devilish. — Thomas Carlyle

Speak not at all, in any wise, till you have somewhat to speak; care not for the reward of your speaking, but simply and with undivided mind for the truth of your speaking. — Thomas Carlyle

Great is wisdom; infinite is the value of wisdom. It cannot be exaggerated; it is the highest achievement of man. — Thomas Carlyle

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

It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five. — Thomas Carlyle

The spiritual is the parent of the practical. — Thomas Carlyle

All human souls, never so bedarkened, love light; light once kindled spreads till all is luminous. — 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

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

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

Wonder is the basis of worship. — Thomas Carlyle

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. — Thomas Carlyle

The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only. — Thomas Carlyle

The devil has his elect. — Thomas Carlyle

Life Lessons by Thomas Carlyle

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  1. Thomas Carlyle believed that the purpose of life was to serve others and to make a positive difference in the world. He also emphasized the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in order to achieve success.
  2. He argued that life should be lived with passion and enthusiasm, and that one should strive to find meaning and purpose in their life.
  3. He also believed that life should be lived with integrity and that one should strive to be honest and true to themselves and to others.

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