Thomas Carlyle Quotes & Wallpapers

Thomas Carlyle
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But the whim we have of happiness is somewhat thus. By certain valuations, and averages, of our own striking, we come upon some sort of average terrestrial lot; this we fancy belongs to us by nature, and of indefeasible rights. It is simple payment of our wages, of our deserts; requires neither thanks nor complaint. Foolish soul! What act of legislature was there that thou shouldst be happy? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be at all. Thomas Carlyle

There is but one temple in this Universe: The Body. We speak to God whenever we lay our hands upon it. Thomas Carlyle

I call the book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with the pen. Thomas Carlyle

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

Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction. Thomas Carlyle

Histories are a kind of distilled newspapers. Thomas Carlyle

The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off. Thomas Carlyle

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another. Thomas Carlyle

Life is a series of lessons that have to be understood. Thomas Carlyle

Coining "Dismal Science" as a nickname for Political Economy 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

Thirty millions, mostly fools. Thomas Carlyle

In idleness there is a perpetual despair. Thomas Carlyle

Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brain rest, you wearied and worried people of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil! Thomas Carlyle

The insignificant, the empty, is usually the loud; and after the manner of a drum, is louder even because of its emptiness. Thomas Carlyle

Happy season of childhood! Kind Nature, that art to all a bountiful mother; that visitest the poor man's hut With auroral radiance; and for thy nursling hast provided a soft swathing of love and infinite hope wherein he waxes and slumbers, danced round by sweetest dreams! Thomas Carlyle

To say that we have a clear conscience is to utter a solecism; had we never sinned we should have had no conscience. Were defeat unknown, neither would victory be celebrated by songs of triumph. Thomas Carlyle

The greatest of all heroes is One-whom we do not name here! Let sacred silence meditate that sacred matter; you will find it the ultimate perfection of a principle extant throughout man's whole history on earth. Thomas Carlyle

Is not light grander than fire? Thomas Carlyle

Nature, after all, is still the grand agent in making poets. Thomas Carlyle

If there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable and doomed to ruin. Thomas Carlyle

I want to meet my God awake. Thomas Carlyle

Evil, once manfully fronted, ceases to be evil; there is generous battle-hope in place of dead, passive misery; the evil itself has become a kind of good. Thomas Carlyle

There is a majesty and mystery in nature, take her as you will. The essence of poetry comes breathing to a mind that feels from every province of her empire. Thomas Carlyle

He who cannot withal keep his mind to himself cannot practice any considerable thing whatsoever. Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the eternal duty of man. Thomas Carlyle

Well might the ancients make silence a god; for it is the element of all godhood, infinitude, or transcendental greatness,-at once the source and the ocean wherein all such begins and ends. Thomas Carlyle

The true eye for talent presupposes the true reverence for it. Thomas Carlyle

A very sea of thought; neither calm nor clear, if you will, yet wherein the toughest pearl-diver may dive to his utmost depth, and return not only with sea-wreck but with true orients. Thomas Carlyle

The scandalous bronze-lacquer age of hungry animalisms, spiritual impotences, and mendacities, will have to run its course, till the pit follow it. Thomas Carlyle

He who talks much about virtue in the abstract, begins to be suspected; it is shrewdly guessed that where there is great preaching there will be little almsgiving. Thomas Carlyle

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist. Thomas Carlyle

Trust not the heart of that man for whom old clothes are not venerable. Thomas Carlyle

We have chosen Mahomet not as the most eminent Prophet; but as the one we are freest to speak of. He is by no means the truest of Prophets; but I do esteem him a true one. Thomas Carlyle

Lord Bacon could as easily have created the planets as he could have written Hamlet. Thomas Carlyle

There must be a new world if there is to be any world at all!... These days of universal death must be days of universal new birth, if the ruin is not to be total and final! It is Time to make the dullest man consider; and ask himself, Whence he came? Whither he is bound? Thomas Carlyle

History is a mighty drama, enacted upon, the theatre of time, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background. Thomas Carlyle

Democracy means despair of finding any heroes to govern you, and contented putting up with the want of them. Thomas Carlyle

No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the propieter of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men.?Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even, as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves. Thomas Carlyle

Cash payment has become the sole nexus of man to man. Thomas Carlyle

The man who cannot laugh is not only fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; but his whole life is already a treason and a stratagem. Thomas Carlyle

To know, to get into the truth of anything, is ever a mystic act, of which the best logics can but babble on the surface. Thomas Carlyle

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero. Thomas Carlyle

A Parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the twenty-seven millions, mostly fools. Thomas Carlyle

The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle

I came hither solely with the design to simplify my way of life and to secure the independence through which I could be enabled to remain true to myself. Thomas Carlyle

A poet without love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility. Thomas Carlyle

It can be said of him, when he departed he took a man's life along with him. No sounder piece of British manhood was put together in that eighteenth century of time. Thomas Carlyle

The Book had in a high degree excited us to self-activity, which is the best effect of any book. Thomas Carlyle

As the Swiss inscription says: Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden- Speech is silvern, Silence is golden; or, as I might rather express it: speech is of time, silence is of eternity. Thomas Carlyle

For is not a Symbol ever, to him who has eyes for it, some dimmer or clearer revelation of the God-like? Thomas Carlyle

Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised. Thomas Carlyle

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

Burke said that there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate, more important far than they all. Thomas Carlyle

History is the distillation of rumor. 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

They raise their minds by brooding over and embellishing their sufferings, from one degree of fervid exaltation and dreary greatness to another, till at length they run amuck entirely, and whoever meets them would do well to run them thro' the body. Thomas Carlyle

The seagreen Incorruptible. Thomas Carlyle

A thinking man is the worst enemy the Prince of Darkness can have; every time such an one announces himself, I doubt not there runs a shudder through the nether empire; and new emissaries are trained with new tactics, to, if possible, entrap and hoodwink and handcuff him. Thomas Carlyle

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do that with all thy might and leave the issues calmly to God. Thomas Carlyle

The true Sovereign of the world, who moulds the world like soft wax, according to his pleasure, is he who lovingly sees into the world. Thomas Carlyle

The public is anold woman.Let her maunderand mumble. Thomas Carlyle

Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music of some inspired Orpheus was no city ever built, no work that man glories in ever done. Thomas Carlyle

The English are a dumb people. They can do great acts, but not describe them. Thomas Carlyle

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune. Thomas Carlyle

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

Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

Endurance is patience concentrated. 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

Debt is a bottomless sea. Thomas Carlyle

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