Thomas Carlyle

Scottish historian who wrote about the French Revolution (1795-1881)

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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.Rate it:
A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.Rate it:
A well written life is almost as rare as a well spent one.Rate it:
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.Rate it:
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.Rate it:
Blessed is he who has found his work let him ask no other blessedness.Rate it:
Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.Rate it:
Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.Rate it:
Enjoy things which are pleasant that is not the evil it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.Rate it:
Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.Rate it:
Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.Rate it:
France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.Rate it:
Happy are the people whose annals are blank in history booksRate it:
Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history booksRate it:
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.Rate it:
I don't pretend to understand the Universe -- it's a great deal bigger than I am.Rate it:
If Jesus Christ were to come today people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.Rate it:
If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.Rate it:
If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, give her the benefit of the doubt.Rate it:
If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.Rate it:
In idleness there is a perpetual despair.Rate it:
It is not a lucky word, this name "impossible"; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths.Rate it:
It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.Rate it:
Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May but at length the season of summer does come.Rate it:
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world.Rate it:
Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.Rate it:
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.Rate it:
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.Rate it:
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.Rate it:
Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.Rate it:
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.Rate it:
Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.Rate it:
One life - a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.Rate it:
Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.Rate it:
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.Rate it:
Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Silence is deep as Eternity speech is shallow as Time.Rate it:
Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.Rate it:
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead therefore we must learn both arts.Rate it:
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.Rate it:
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.Rate it:
That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.Rate it:
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.Rate it:
The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.Rate it:
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.Rate it:
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - 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.Rate it:
The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive.Rate it:
The true university of these days is a collection of books.Rate it:
The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laugther, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.Rate it:
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity speech is shallow as Time.Rate it:
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
When words leave off, music begins.Rate it:

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