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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He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.

The end of man is action and not thought though it be of the noblest.

To us also through every star through every blade of grass is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.

No man lives without jostling and being jostled, in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world giving and receiving offence.

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.

Men seldom or rather never for a length of time and deliberately rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time will do it, better will preserve it longer than the sad or sullen.

One must verify or expel his doubts and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.

The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.

History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.

The world is a republic of mediocrities and always was.

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.

If you do not wish a man to do a thing you had better get him to talk about it, for the more men talk the more likely they are to do nothing else.

Writing is a dreadful labor yet not so dreadful as Idleness.

Everywhere in life the true question is not what we gain but what we do.

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