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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Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason being confined to the human species.

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.

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.

No person is important enough to make me angry.

The old cathedrals are good but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.

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

No pressure no diamonds.

Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing with tools he is all.

Reform is not pleasant but grievous, no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work how much less a nation.

Happy the people whose annals are vacant.

Silence is as deep as eternity speech a shallow as time.

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

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.

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.

Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due, woe to him that refuses it when it is.

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.

Conviction never so excellent is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.

Thought is the parent of the deed.

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