Thomas Carlyle (Philosopher)

#17581 Thomas Carlyle

History is the essence of innumerable biographies. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about story
#17582 Thomas Carlyle

No Lie can live for ever. The very Truth has to change its vesture, from time to time; and be born again. But all Lies have sentence of death written down against them, and Heaven's Chancery itself; and, slowly or fast, advance incessantly towards their hour. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about death
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Not all his men may sever this,  It yields to friends', not monarchs', calls;My whinstone house my castle is—  I have my own four walls. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
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"The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind." .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about power
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Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about art
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It is now almost my sole rule of life to clear myself of cants and formulas, as of poisonous Nessus shirts. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about life
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The Public is an old woman. Let her maunder and mumble. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about man
#17588 Thomas Carlyle

A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about man
#17589 Thomas Carlyle

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about nature
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So here hath been dawning Another blue Day: Think wilt thou let it Slip useless away. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about think
#17591 Thomas Carlyle

He that works and does some Poem, not he that merely says one, is worthy of the name of Poet. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about work
#17592 Thomas Carlyle

Here numerous persons, with big wigs many of them, and austere aspect, whom I take to be Professors of the Dismal Science, start up in an agitated vehement manner: but the Premier resolutely beckons them down again .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about art
#17593 Thomas Carlyle

Of America it would ill beseem any Englishman, and me perhaps as little as another, to speak unkindly, to speak unpatriotically, if any of us even felt so. Sure enough, America is a great, and in many respects a blessed and hopeful phenomenon. Sure enough, these hardy millions of Anglosaxon men prove themselves worthy of their genealogy... But as to a Model Republic, or a model anything, the wise among themselves know too well that there is nothing to be said... Their Constitution, such as it may be, was made here, not there... Cease to brag to me of America, and its model institutions and constitutions. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about hope
#17594 Thomas Carlyle

A Parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the twenty-seven millions, mostly fools. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
#17595 Thomas Carlyle

A healthy hatred of scoundrels. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about health
#17596 Thomas Carlyle

"" (which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all). .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about city
#17597 Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books! .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about books
#17598 Thomas Carlyle

The unspeakable Turk .

Thomas Carlyle
#17599 Thomas Carlyle

This great maxim of Philosophy he had gathered by the teaching of nature alone: That man was created to work, not to speculate, or feel, or dream. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about nature
#17600 Thomas Carlyle

There are depths in man that go to the lowest hell, and heights that reach the highest heaven, for are not both heaven and hell made out of him, everlasting miracle and mystery that he is. .

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

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
#17602 Thomas Carlyle

For love is ever the beginning of , as fire is of light. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about love
#17603 Thomas Carlyle

What is alltoo but recorded Experience, and a product of History; of which, therefore, Reasoning and Belief, no less than Action and Passion, are essential materials? .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about story
#17604 Thomas Carlyle

A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about life
#17605 Thomas Carlyle

Except by name,is little known out of Germany. The only thing connected with him, we think, that has reached this country is his saying,—imported by Madame de Sta .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about man
#17606 Thomas Carlyle

The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he was created capable of being. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about culture
#17607 Thomas Carlyle

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with; as if, observes our author himself, any originality but our own could be expected to content us! In fact all strange thing are apt, without fault of theirs, to estrange us at first view, and unhappily scarcely anything is perfectly plain, but what is also perfectly common. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about self
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He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about life
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The three great elements of modern civilization, gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant religion. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about religion
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Literary men are...a perpetual priesthood. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
#17612 Thomas Carlyle

I came hither [Craigenputtoch] solely with the design to simplify my way of life and to secure the independence through which I could be enabled to remain true to myself. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about life
#17613 Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
#17615 Thomas Carlyle

We are firm believers in the maxim that for all right judgment of any man or thing it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
#17616 Thomas Carlyle

A poet without love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility. .

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

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about power
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His religion at best is an anxious wish, — like that of , a great Perhaps. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about religion
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Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about business
#17620 Thomas Carlyle

We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that "ridicule is the test of truth." .

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

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about wonder
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There is endless merit in a man's knowing when to have done. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about man
#17623 Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about wit
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Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge as fire is of light. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about light
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Music is well said to be the speech of angels. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about angels
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A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about men
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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. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about soul
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The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about time
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A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about knowledge
#17631 Thomas Carlyle

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. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about soul
#17632 Thomas Carlyle

Nature admits no lie. .

Thomas Carlyle Quotes about lie

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