Thomas Carlyle Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

Fame is no sure test of merit. Thomas Carlyle

Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul. Thomas Carlyle

Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it? Thomas Carlyle

He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing. Thomas Carlyle

Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go. Thomas Carlyle

Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself. Thomas Carlyle

Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle

Nakedness, hunger, distress of all kinds, death itself have been cheerfully suffered, when the heart was right. It is the feeling of injustice that is insupportable to all men. Thomas Carlyle

Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man. Thomas Carlyle

It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defeats than to boast of our attainments. Thomas Carlyle

No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. Thomas Carlyle

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

Necessity dispenseth with decorum. Thomas Carlyle

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

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

In books lies the soul of the whole past time. 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

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

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

One of the Godlike things of this world is the veneration done to human worth by the hearts of men. 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

The condition of the most passionate enthusiast is to be preferred over the individual who, because of the fear of making a mistake, won't in the end affirm or deny anything Thomas Carlyle

A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space. Thomas Carlyle

Might and right do differ frightfully from hour to hour, but then centuries to try it in, they are found to be identical. Thomas Carlyle

Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction. Thomas Carlyle

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

The actual well seen is ideal. Thomas Carlyle

It is meritorious to insist on forms; religion and all else naturally clothes itself in forms. Everywhere the formed world is the only habitable one. Thomas Carlyle

What, in the devil's name, is the use of respectability, with never so many gigs and silver spoons, if thou inwardly art the pitifulness of all men? Thomas Carlyle

Experience of actual fact either teaches fools or abolishes them. Thomas Carlyle

Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy! Thomas Carlyle

That monstrous tuberosity of civilised life, the capital of England. Thomas Carlyle

Fancy that thou deservest to be hangedthou wilt feel it happiness to be only shot: fancy that thou deservest to be hanged ina hair halter, it will be a luxury to die in hemp. Thomas Carlyle

persons, with big wigs many of them and austere aspect, whom I take to be Professors of the Dismal Science... Coining "Dismal Science" as a nickname for Political Economy Thomas Carlyle

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle

The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious. Thomas Carlyle

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

Give us, O give us the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time . . . he will do it better . . . he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible to fatigue while he marches to music. The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres. Thomas Carlyle

Wonderful Force of Public Opinion! We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realize the sum of money, the degree of influence it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; certain mouthfuls of articulate wind will be blown at us, and this what mortal courage can front? Thomas Carlyle

Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light. Thomas Carlyle

Why did not somebody teach me the constellations, and make me at home in the starry heavens, which are always overhead, and which I don't half know to this day? Thomas Carlyle

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

Out of Eternity The new Day is born; Into Eternity At night with return. Thomas Carlyle

For love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light. Thomas Carlyle

To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant. Thomas Carlyle

How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man. Thomas Carlyle

Hast thou not Greek enough to understand thus much: the end of man is an action and not a thought, though it were of the noblest. Thomas Carlyle

Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, 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

In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce, - he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees. Thomas Carlyle

Let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to heart: Do the duty which lies nearest to thee, which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer. Thomas Carlyle

If that is not God, said Mirabeau, as the sun shone into his death-chamber, it is at least his cousin-german. Thomas Carlyle

Midas longed for gold. He got gold, so that whatever he touched became gold; and he, with his long ears, was little the better for it. Thomas Carlyle

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

If I had my way, the world would hear a pretty stern command - Exit Christ. Thomas Carlyle

Dinners are defined as 'the ultimate act of communion;' men that can have communion in nothing else, can sympathetically eat together, can still rise into some glow of brotherhood over food and wine. Thomas Carlyle

Pain was not given thee merely to be miserable under; learn from it, turn it to account. Thomas Carlyle

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

Once turn to practice, error and truth will no longer consort together. Thomas Carlyle

Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain-tricks of custom: but of all of these, perhaps the cleverest is her knack of persuading us that the miraculous, by simple repetition, ceases to be miraculous. Thomas Carlyle

Our very walking is an incessant falling; a falling and a catching of ourselves before we come actually to the pavement. It is emblematic of all things a man does. Thomas Carlyle

The past is always attractive because it is drained of fear. Thomas Carlyle



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