Thomas Carlyle Quotes & Wallpapers

Thomas Carlyle
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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!... Labor is life. Thomas Carlyle

There is in it a placid inexhaustibility, a calm, vicious infinitude, which will baffle even the gods. Thomas Carlyle

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

Music is a kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that. Thomas Carlyle

To him and all of us the expressly appointed schoolmaster and schoolings are as nothing. Thomas Carlyle

In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men - genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion. Thomas Carlyle

Is man's civilization only a wrappage, through which the savage nature of him can still burst, infernal as ever? Thomas Carlyle

We have not read an author till we have seen his object, whatever it may be, as he saw it. Thomas Carlyle

He that has done nothing has known nothing. Thomas Carlyle

Nothing ever happens but once in all this world. What I do now I do once for all. It is over and gone, with all its eternity of solemn meaning. Thomas Carlyle

Love not pleasure; love God. This is the Everlasting Yea, wherein all contradiction is solved ... Thomas Carlyle

A battle is a terrible conjugation of the verb to kill: I kill, thou killest, he kills, we kill, they kill, all kill. Thomas Carlyle

The Great Man's sincerity is of the kind he cannot speak of, is not conscious of: nay, I suppose, he is conscious rather of insincerity; for what man can walk accurately by the law of truth for one day? No, the Great Man does not boast himself sincere, far from that; perhaps does not ask himself if he is so: I would say rather, his sincerity does not depend on himself; he cannot help being sincere! Thomas Carlyle

Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The Ideal is in thyself, the impediments too is in thyself. 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

Time is the silent, never-resting thing ... rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing oceantide, on which we and all the universe swim. Thomas Carlyle

Rare benevolence, the minister of God. Thomas Carlyle

How were friendship possible? In mutual devotedness to the good and true; otherwise impossible, except as armed neutrality or hollow commercial league. A man, be the heavens ever praised, is sufficient for himself; yet were ten men, united in love, capable of being and of doing what ten thousand singly would fail in. Infinite is the help man can yield to man. Thomas Carlyle

Heroes, it would seem, exist always and a certain worship of them. Thomas Carlyle

The situation that has not its duty, its ideal, was never yet occupied by man. Yes, here, in this poor, miserable, hampered, despicable actual, wherein thou even now standest, here or nowhere is thy ideal; work it out therefrom, and, working, believe, live, be free. Fool! the ideal is in thyself. Thomas Carlyle

The true epic of our times is not "Arm's and the Man," but "Tools and the Man"-an infinitely wider kind of epic. Thomas Carlyle

With union grounded on falsehood and ordering us to speak and act lies, we will not have anything to do. Peace? A brutal lethargy is peaceable; the noisome is peaceable. We hope for a living peace, not a dead one! Thomas Carlyle

Speech that leads not to action, still more that hinders it, is a nuisance on the earth. Thomas Carlyle

The genuine essence of truth never dies. Thomas Carlyle

The thing is not only to avoid error, but to attain immense masses of truth. Thomas Carlyle

No country can find eternal peace and comfort where the vote of Judas Iscariot is as good as the vote of the Saviour of mankind. Thomas Carlyle

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

If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear. Thomas Carlyle

Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind. Thomas Carlyle

Show me the man you honor; I know by that symptom, better than by any other, what kind of man you yourself are. For you show me there what your ideal of manhood is; what kind of man you long inexpressibly to be. Thomas Carlyle

Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? Thomas Carlyle

Neither had Watt of the Steam engine a heroic origin, any kindred with the princes of this world. The princes of this world were shooting their partridges... While this man with blackened fingers, with grim brow, was searching out, in his workshop, the Fire-secret. Thomas Carlyle

See deep enough, and you see musically. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

No man sees far; the most see no farther than their noses. Thomas Carlyle

With what scientific stoicism he walks through the land of wonders, unwondering ... Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is the healthy nature; it is the coherent, sweetly co-operative, not incoherent, self-distracting, self-destructive one! Thomas Carlyle

A whiff of grapeshot. Thomas Carlyle

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

The foul sluggard's comfort: It will last my time'. Thomas Carlyle

There they are cutting each other's throats, because one half of them prefer hiring their servants for life, and the other by the hour. Thomas Carlyle

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

This Mirabeau's work, then, is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: Abiit ad plures. Thomas Carlyle

We were wise indeed, could we discern truly the signs of our own time; and by knowledge of its wants and advantages, wisely adjust our own position in it. Thomas Carlyle

Man's earthly interests,'are all hooked and buttoned together, and held up, by Clothes. Thomas Carlyle

In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded. Thomas Carlyle

O thou who art able to write a Book, which once in the two centuries or oftener there is a man gifted to do, envy not him whom they name City-builder, and inexpressibly pity him whom they name Conqueror or City-burner! Thou too art a Conqueror and Victor; but of the true sort, namely over the Devil: thou too hast built what will outlast all marble and metal, and be a wonder-bringing City of the Mind, a Temple and Seminary and Prophetic Mount, whereto all kindreds of the Earth will pilgrim. Thomas Carlyle

A good book is the purest essence of a human soul. Thomas Carlyle

In books lies the soul fo the whole past time. 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

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning. Thomas Carlyle

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle

All comes out even at the end of the day. Thomas Carlyle

And yet without labour there were no ease, no rest, so much as conceivable. Thomas Carlyle

Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt. Thomas Carlyle

Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world? Thomas Carlyle

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

Music... a kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads to the edge of the Infinite. Thomas Carlyle

Great men are the modelers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad. Thomas Carlyle

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

Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. Thomas Carlyle



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