Thomas Carlyle Quotes & Wallpapers

Thomas Carlyle
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A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man. Thomas Carlyle

Caution is the lower story of prudence. Thomas Carlyle

Custom doth make dotards of us all. Thomas Carlyle

Friend, hast thou considered the "rugged, all-nourishing earth," as Sophocles well names her; how she feeds the sparrow on the housetop, much more her darling man? Thomas Carlyle

I too acknowledge the all-out omnipotence of early culture and nature; hereby we have either a doddered dwarf-bush, or a high-towering, wide-shadowing tree! either a sick yellow cabbage, or an edible luxuriant green one. Of a truth, it is the duty of all men, especially of all philosophers, to note down with accuracy the characteristic circumstances of their education,-what furthered, what hindered, what in any way modified it. Thomas Carlyle

At the bottom there is no perfect history; there is none such conceivable. All past centuries have rotted down, and gone confusedly dumb and quiet. Thomas Carlyle

Man, it is not thy works, which are mortal, infinitely little, and the greatest no greater than the least, but only the spirit thou workest in, that can have worth or continuance. Thomas Carlyle

There are remedies for all things but death. Thomas Carlyle

In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph. Thomas Carlyle

Money will buy money's worth; but the thing men call fame, what is it? Thomas Carlyle

Consider in fact, a body of six hundred and fifty-eight miscellaneous persons, set to consult about "business," with twenty-seven millions, mostly fools, assiduously listening to them, and checking and criticising them. Was there ever, since the world began, will there ever be till the world end, any "business" accomplished in these circumstances? Thomas Carlyle

We are to take no counsel with flesh and blood; give ear to no vain cavils, vain sorrows and wishes; to know that we know nothing, that the worst and cruelest to our eyes is not what it seems, that we have to receive whatsoever befalls us as sent from God above, and say, "It is good and wise,-God is great! Though He slay me, yet I trust in Him." Islam means, in its way, denial of self. This is yet the highest wisdom that heaven has revealed to our earth. 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

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

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

The modern majesty consists in work. What a man can do is his greatest ornament, and he always consults his dignity by doing it. Thomas Carlyle

The world is a thing that a man must learn to despise, and even to neglect, before he can learn to reverence it, and work in it and for it. Thomas Carlyle

The king is the man who can. Thomas Carlyle

Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading. Thomas Carlyle

A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world. Thomas Carlyle

No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors. Thomas Carlyle

We are to remember what an umpire Nature is; what a greatness, composure of depth and tolerance there is in her. You take wheat to cast into the Earth's bosom; your wheat may be mixed with chaff, chopped straw, barn-sweepings, dust and all imaginable rubbish; no matter: you cast it into the kind just Earth; she grows the wheat, - the whole rubbish she silently absorbs, shrouds it in, says nothing of the rubbish. Thomas Carlyle

The eye of the intellect "sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing." Thomas Carlyle

Neither let mistakes and wrong directions - of which every man, in his studies and elsewhere, falls into many - discourage you. There is precious instruction to be got by finding that we are wrong. Let a man try faithfully, manfully to be right, he will grow daily more and more right. It is, at bottom, the condition which all men have to cultivate themselves. 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 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

Genius... means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble. Thomas Carlyle

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. The greatest of faults, I should say is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! Thomas Carlyle

Burke said 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

It is not what a man outwardly has or wants that constitutes the happiness or misery of him. 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

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

The ideal is in thyself, the impediment too is in thyself. Thomas Carlyle

Hardened round us, encasing wholly every notion we form, is a wrappage of traditions, hearsays, mere words. Thomas Carlyle

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

A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages. Thomas Carlyle

How does the poet speak to men with power, but by being still more a man than they? Thomas Carlyle

His religion at best is an anxious wish, - like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps. Thomas Carlyle

The stupendous Fourth Estate, whose wide world-embracing influences what eye can take in? Thomas Carlyle

Close thy Byron; open thy Goethe. Thomas Carlyle

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

Do the Duty which lies nearest thee, which thou knowest to be a Duty! Thy second Duty will already have become clearer. Thomas Carlyle

Can the man say, Fiat lux, Let there be light; and out of chaos make a world? Precisely as there is light in himself, will he accomplish this. Thomas Carlyle

Fire is the best of servents; but what a master! Thomas Carlyle

If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that. Thomas Carlyle

If Jesus Christ were to come to-day, people wouldn't even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. Thomas Carlyle

Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things. Thomas Carlyle

Wonderful Force of Public Opinion! We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realise the sum of money, the degree of influence it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; Thomas Carlyle

History is the essence of innumerable biographies. Thomas Carlyle

Language is called the garment of thought: however, it should rather be, language is the flesh-garment, the body, of thought. Thomas Carlyle

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

To a shower of gold most things are penetrable. Thomas Carlyle

Love not Pleasure; love God. Thomas Carlyle

A mind that has seen, and suffered, and done, speaks to us of what it has tried and conquered. Thomas Carlyle

The All of Things is an infinite conjugation of the verb To do . Thomas Carlyle

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. Thomas Carlyle

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it. Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. Thomas Carlyle

God gave you that gifted tongue of yours, and set it between your teeth, to make known your true meaning to us, not to be rattled like a muffin man's bell. Thomas Carlyle

Man always worships something; always he sees the Infinite shadowed forth in something finite; and indeed can and must so see it in any finite thing, once tempt him well to fix his eyes thereon. Thomas Carlyle

The goal of yesterday will be our starting-point to-morrow. Thomas Carlyle

A man with a half volition goes backwards and forwards, and makes no way on the smoothest road; a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest, and will reach his purpose, if there be even a little worthiness in it. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. Thomas Carlyle

The greatest security against sin is to be shocked at its presence. Thomas Carlyle

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. Thomas Carlyle

Silence is more eloquent than words. 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

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

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

Clever men are good, but they are not the best. Thomas Carlyle

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

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with. Thomas Carlyle

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