Thomas Carlyle Quotes

Who was Thomas Carlyle?

Scottish nineteenth century philosopher Thomas Carlyle is known for his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History.

Born December 4, 1795
Died February 5, 1881
Aged 85 years old

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Best 57 Quotes by Thomas Carlyle – Page 1 of 2


“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.”

“A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.”

“A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.”

“A person usually has two reasons for doing something, a good reason and the real reason.”

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man, but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”

“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”

“All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.”

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“Any the smallest alteration of my silent daily habits produces anarchy in me.”

“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”

“Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.”

“Every noble work is at first impossible.”

“Fame is no sure test of merit.”

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.”

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“Great men taken up in any way are profitable company. We cannot look, however imperfectly, upon a great man without gaining something by him.”

“Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you.”

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“Let’s dance in earnest the moments of the here and now, and live in earnest. Do not look at the past, and do not look at the future. One lives each complete moment like a dance. There is no need to compete with anyone, and one has no use for destinations. As long as you are dancing, you will get somewhere.”

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

“If something be not done, something will do itself one day, and in a fashion that will please nobody.”

“If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.”

“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.”

“It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.”

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

“Let him who wants to move and convince others first be moved and convinced himself.”

“Literature is the thought of thinking souls.”

“Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.”

“Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.”

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”

“No pressure, no diamonds.”

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“Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path... A thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do... To find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him.”

“Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all.”

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“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

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