Thomas Carlyle Quotes (80 quotations)

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1. 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. - Thomas Carlyle

2. 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. - Thomas Carlyle

3. A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason. - Thomas Carlyle

4. A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. - Thomas Carlyle

5. A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. - Thomas Carlyle

6. Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. - Thomas Carlyle

7. All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you. - Thomas Carlyle

8. All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. - Thomas Carlyle

9. As a first approximation, I define "belief" not as the object of believing (a dogma, a program, etc.) but as the subject's investment in a proposition, the act of saying it and considering it as true. - Thomas Carlyle

10. Be not a slave of words. - Thomas Carlyle

11. Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. - Thomas Carlyle

12. Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. - Thomas Carlyle

13. Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer. - Thomas Carlyle

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

15. Every noble work is at first impossible. - Thomas Carlyle

16. Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. - Thomas Carlyle

17. 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. - Thomas Carlyle

18. France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams. - Thomas Carlyle

19. Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. - Thomas Carlyle

20. Happy are the people whose annals are blank in history books - Thomas Carlyle

21. He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years. - Thomas Carlyle

22. He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. - Thomas Carlyle

23. Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. - Thomas Carlyle

24. I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. - Thomas Carlyle

25. 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. - Thomas Carlyle

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