Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Most popular Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Be not the slave of Words.
Be not the slave to Words.
Man is a tool-using animal.
Worship is transcendent wonder.
Custom doth make dotards of us all.
Silence is more eloquent than words.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness.
Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
The universe is but one vast Symbol of God.
Genius is the infinite art of taking pains.
Oh, give us the soul who sings at his work.
Not what I have but what I do is my kingdom.
Thought once awakened does not again slumber.
He that can work is a born King of something.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
No person is important enough to make me angry.
A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor.
A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.
A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
Nothing is so terrible than activity without insight.
A man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him.
Just in ratio as knowledge increases, faith diminishes.
Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books.
All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught.
The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity.
My whinstone house my castle is; I have my own four walls.
A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.
Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light.
Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man.
Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light.
True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart.
The true university of these days is a collection of good books.
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
A poet without love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.
A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the matter of ages.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Every noble crown is, and on earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy.
Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
Blessed is the man who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
He who has a secret should not only hide it, but hide that he has it to hide.
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
How much lies in laughter: the cipher-key wherewith we decipher the whole man!
Thought works in silence, so does virtue. One might erect statues to silence.
Love is not altogether a delirium...yet has it many points in common therewith.
There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.
Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind.
Self-deception once yielded to, all other deceptions follow naturally more and more.
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man.
The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he is created capable of being.
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder; a waif, a nothing, a no-man.
No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Wonder is the basis of Worship: the reign of wonder is perennial, indestructible in Man.
Pain was not given thee merely to be miserable under; learn from it, turn it to account.
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether and irreclaimably depraved.
This is such a serious world that we should never speak at all unless we have something to say.
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less rascal in the world.
The three great elements of modern civilization: Gunpowder, Printing, and the Protestant Religion.
It is the first of all problems for man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.
The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
The wealth of man is the number of things which he loves and blesses, which he is loved and blessed by.
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
Fame is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of a man.
Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
All that man has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
For Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light; and works also more in the manner of fire.
Youth is to all the glad season of life, but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains or escapes.
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books.
In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph.
He was...a man of an immense head and great jaws like a crocodile's, cast in a mold designed for prodigious work.
The first duty for a man is still that of subduing Fear. We must get rid of Fear; we cannot act at all till then.
I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic.
In every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?
Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
The work of an unknown good man is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground greener.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Is there no God, then, but at best an absentee God, sitting idle, ever since the first Sabbath, at the outside of his Universe?
A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
The philosopher is one to whom the highest has descended and the lowest has mounted up; who is the equal and kindly brother of all.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense.
For all right judgment of any man or thing, it is useful, nay essential, to see their good qualities before pronouncing on their bad.
Someone who is willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under the sun.
Even in the meanest sorts of Labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
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.
Each one of us...has he not a Life of his own to lead? One life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us for evermore!
Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
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.
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires—Necessity and Free Will.
I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing—a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
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 ...
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against each other.
Of Representative Assemblies may not this good be said: That contending parties in a country do thereby ascertain one another's strength? They fight there, since fight they must, by petition, Parliamentary eloquence, not by sword, bayonet and bursts of military cannon.