Thomas Carlyle Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Thomas Carlyle quotes and Thomas Carlyle sayings, and Thomas Carlyle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see."

"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."

"Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes."

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

"We are the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God."

"Literature is the thought of thinking Souls."

"By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears."

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

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

"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."

"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."

"Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone."

"One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO."

"Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it’s fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it’s a mutual hostility."

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

"Do the duty which lies nearest to you. The second duty will then become clearer."

"Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere."

"Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding."

"Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless."

"Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do."

"No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men."

"A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one."

"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak."

"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."

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."

"Ill-health of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!"

"Without kindness there can be no true joy."

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