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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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.

Man's unhappiness as I construe comes of his greatness, it is because there is an Infinite in him which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.

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

The first duty of man is to conquer fear, he must get rid of it he cannot act till then.

It is the heart always that sees before the head can see.

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

The spiritual is the parent of the practical.

It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.

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

The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity.

The three great elements of modern civilization Gun powder Printing and the Protestant religion.

Be not a slave of words.

Good breeding differs if at all from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.

If what you have done is unjust you have not succeeded.

I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while but one soon tires of it.

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.

Necessity dispenseth with decorum.

I grow daily to honour facts more and more and theory less and less. A fact it seems to me is a great thing, a sentence printed if not by God then at least by the Devil.

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

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