Thomas Carlyle Quotes

"Work alone is noble."

"Be not a slave of words."

“No pressure, no diamonds.”

"All great peoples are conservative."

"Endurance is patience concentrated."

"Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects."

"Every noble work is at first impossible."

"The spiritual is the parent of the practical."

"Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom."

"Life is a little gleam of time between two eternitys."

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

"Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world."

"He that can work is born to be king of something."

"A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder."

"Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight."

"Let each become all that he was created capable of being."

"Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries."

"The history of the world is but the biography of great men."

"The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough."

"A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope."

"Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with."

"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none."

“Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.”

"The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against unbelief."

"Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one."

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”

"For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing."

“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.”

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther”

"No good Book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first."

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

"The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new."

"A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus."

"A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner."

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

"Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious."

"A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things."

"The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss."

"A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason."

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

"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."

"Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts."

"That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy."

"Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand."

"A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy."

“Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.”

“History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.”

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

"There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out."

"A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun."

"No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy."

"Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is."

"It is not a lucky word, this name ''impossible''; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths."

"The person who cannot laugh is not only ready for treason, and deceptions, their whole life is already a treason and deception."

"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."

"Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man."

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

"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."

"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."

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

"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."

"Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance--the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen."

Compiled by Thomas George