Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. 

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In books lies the soul of the whole past time.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle, wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more to whosoever will think of it.

I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am.

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

It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift, is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.

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

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

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.

The true university of these days is a collection of books.

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

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

Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.

If there be no enemy, there's no fight. If no fight, no victory, and if no victory there is no crown.

Endurance is patience concentrated.

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness, than disbelief in great men.

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

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.

History a distillation of rumour.

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