Thomas Carlyle Quotes

Who is 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 04, 1795
Died February 05, 1881

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“Endurance is patience concentrated.”

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

Thomas Carlyle

“Every noble work is at first impossible.”

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“Fame is no sure test of merit.”

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“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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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“Literature is the thought of thinking souls.”

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.”

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