Thomas Carlyle Quotes & Wallpapers

Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest mistake is to imagine that we never err. Thomas Carlyle

Of all God's creatures, Man alone is poor. Thomas Carlyle

I know so little about any history. How little do I know even about the history of myself. Thomas Carlyle

The first duty of man is that of subduing fear. Thomas Carlyle

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

When the oak-tree is felled, the whole forest echoes with it; but a hundred acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze. Thomas Carlyle

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

Alas! the fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself. Thomas Carlyle

The highest ensign that men ever met and embraced under, the Cross itself, had no meaning save an accidental extrinsic one. Thomas Carlyle

The people may eat grass: hasty words, which fly abroad irrevocable-and will send back tidings. Thomas Carlyle

Captains of Industry. Thomas Carlyle

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

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. Thomas Carlyle

Figure him there, with his scrofulous diseases, with his great greedy heart, and unspeakable chaos of thoughts; stalking mournful as a stranger in this Earth; eagerly devouring what spiritual thing he could come at... Thomas Carlyle

Little other than a redtape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence. Thomas Carlyle

In epochs when cash payment has become the sole nexus of man to man. Thomas Carlyle

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. Thomas Carlyle

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

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. Thomas Carlyle

So much of truth, only under an ancient obsolete vesture, but the spirit of it still true, do I find in the Paganism of old nations. Nature is still divine, the revelation of the workings of God; the Hero is still worshipable... Thomas Carlyle

The first of all gospels is, that no lie lives forever. Thomas Carlyle

The gospel according to Jean Jacques. Thomas Carlyle

The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once. Thomas Carlyle

The infinite, absolute character of Virtue has passed into a finite, conditional one; it is no longer a worship of the Beautiful and Good; but a calculation of the Profitable. Thomas Carlyle

In the poorest cottage are Books: is one Book, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him. Thomas Carlyle

We remove mountains, and make seas our smooth highway; nothing can resist us. We war with rude Nature; and, by our resistless engines, come off always victorious, and loaded with spoils. Thomas Carlyle

Whoso has sixpence is sovereign (to the length of sixpence) over all men; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him,to the length of sixpence. Thomas Carlyle

Creation is great, and cannot be understood. Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. Thomas Carlyle

Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles. Thomas Carlyle

A fair day's wage for a fair day's work": it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man. Thomas Carlyle

Society is founded on hero-worship. Thomas Carlyle

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

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes. Thomas Carlyle

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. Thomas Carlyle

When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual, its behavior ceases to be intelligent. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

No person is important enough to make me angry. Thomas Carlyle

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. 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

Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of man. 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 greater number of God's creatures believe in Mahomet's word at this hour than in any other word whatever. Are we to suppose that it was a miserable piece of spiritual legerdemain, this which so many creatures of the almighty have lived by and died by?... Thomas Carlyle

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

With stupidity and sound digestion, man may front much. Thomas Carlyle

A stammering man is never a worthless one. Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer. Thomas Carlyle

The Builder of this Universe was wise, He plann'd all souls, all systems, planets, particles: The Plan He shap'd all Worlds and Ĉons by, Was-Heavens!-was thy small Nine-and-thirty Articles! Thomas Carlyle

One is weary of hearing about the omnipotence of money. I will say rather that, for a genuine man, it is not evil to be poor. Thomas Carlyle

All true work is sacred. In all true work, were it but true hand work, there is something of divineness. Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in Heaven. Thomas Carlyle

Once the mind has been expanded by a big idea, it will never go back to its original state. Thomas Carlyle

I think Scandinavian Paganism, to us here, is more interesting than any other. It is, for one thing, the latest; it continued in these regions of Europe till the eleventh century; 800 years ago the Norwegians were still worshipers of Odin. It is interesting also as the creed of our fathers; the men whose blood still runs in our veins, whom doubtless we still resemble in so many ways. Thomas Carlyle

A thought once awakened does not again slumber. Thomas Carlyle

Know what thou canst work at, and work at it like a Hercules. Thomas Carlyle

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

There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to be,-insincerity, unbelief. Thomas Carlyle

Skepticism . . . is not intellectual only it is moral also, a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. Thomas Carlyle

A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! Thomas Carlyle

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind. Thomas Carlyle

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. Thomas Carlyle

That great mystery of TIME, were there no other; the illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean tide, on which we and all the Universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb,-for we have no word to speak about it. Thomas Carlyle

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can. Thomas Carlyle

Only perhaps in the United States, which alone of countries can do without governing, every man being at least able to live, and move off into the wilderness, let Congress jargon as it will, can such a form of so-called Government continue for any length of time to torment men with the semblance, when the indispensable substance is not there. Thomas Carlyle

The Mystic Bond of Brotherhood makes all men one. Thomas Carlyle

The unspeakable Turk should be immediately struck out of the question, and the country be left to honest European guidance. Thomas Carlyle

Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy. Thomas Carlyle

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