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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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.

Do the duty which lies nearest to you the second duty will then become clearer.

The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

Worship is transcendent wonder.

Man is properly speaking based upon hope he has no other possession but hope, this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.

Clever men are good but they are not the best.

What you see but can't see over is as good as infinite.

All great peoples are conservative.

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.

It were a real increase of human happiness could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels or rendered otherwise invisible, and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings till they emerged sadder and wiser at the age of twenty-five.

Sarcasm I now see to be in general the language of the devil, for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently but to live manfully.

Silence is more eloquent than words.

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People with their wisdom and unwisdom, we have to say Like People like Government.

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

Permanence perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s discouragement s and impossibilities: It is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

There are good and bad times but our mood changes more often than our fortune.

Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through and you make of it a dance a dirge or a life march as you will.

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