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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Secrecy is the element of all goodness, even virtue even beauty is mysterious.

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.

When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual its behavior ceases to be intelligent.

Thought once awakened does not again slumber, unfolds itself into a System of Thought, grows in man after man generation after generation - till its full stature is reached and such System of Thought can grow no farther but must give place to another.

Every new opinion at its starting is precisely in a minority of one.

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground secretly making the ground green.

Long stormy spring-time wet contentious April winter chilling the lap of very May, but at length the season of summer does come.

If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?

For if a good speaker never so eloquent does not see into the fact and is not speaking the truth of that - is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?

Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.

Love is not altogether a delirium yet it has many points in common therewith.

Blessed is he who has found his work, let him ask no other blessedness.

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.

Men do less than they ought unless they do all that they can.

Every noble work is at first impossible.

No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.

Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are.

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