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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To reform a world to reform a nation no wise man will undertake, and all but foolish men know that the only solid though a far slower reformation is what each begins and perfects on himself.
The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
Reform is not pleasant but grievous, no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work how much less a nation.
Silence is as deep as eternity speech a shallow as time.
The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
Thought is the parent of the deed.