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98 Famous Quotes By Thomas Carlyle, The Author Of Sartor Resartus

Famous As: Philosopher
Born On: December 4, 1795
Died On: February 5, 1881
Born In: Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died At Age: 85
Thomas Carlyle was a historian, philosopher, mathematician and writer from Scotland who went on to become one of the most influential thinkers and intellectuals of the 19th century. Carlyle was a noted histo-rian who wrote an authoritative account of the French Revolution in the form of his seminal work ‘The French Revolution: A History’. Some of his other famous works include the novel ‘Sartor Resartus’ and his book of collected lectures titled ‘On Heroes, Hero Worship and The Heroic in History’. Additionally, he wrote plenty of essays, books on philosophy and satirical texts that remain popular to this day. On the other hand, he was also an accomplished mathematician, who is credited with the concept of Carlyle Circle, which is employed in algebra and geometry. Thomas Carlye was also responsible for the setting up of the world famous London Library after he grew unhappy with the facilities at the British National Library. Carlyle was also well-known for his profound thoughts, wit and dry humour; which also gave rise to an enviably large collection of quotes and wisecracks. Here are some of the selected quotes from the man who is credited with terming Economics as ‘the dismal science’.
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle
If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.

Thomas Carlyle
I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

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

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
No pressure, no diamonds

No pressure, no diamonds

Thomas Carlyle
My books are friends that never fail me.

My books are friends that never fail me." (Letter to his mother, Margaret A. Carlyle; 17 March 1817)

Thomas Carlyle
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

Thomas Carlyle
Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.

Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.

Thomas Carlyle
A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.

A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.

Thomas Carlyle
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.

Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.

Thomas Carlyle
The tragedy of life is not so much what
men suffer, but rather what they miss.

The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.

Thomas Carlyle
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.

Thomas Carlyle
A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.

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

Thomas Carlyle
The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.

The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.

Thomas Carlyle
Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time.

Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time.

Thomas Carlyle
The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart - all else is wind in comparison.

The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart - all else is wind in comparison.

Thomas Carlyle
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are

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

Thomas Carlyle
Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.

Thomas Carlyle
The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.

The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.

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

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

Thomas Carlyle
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.

Thomas Carlyle
Silence is more eloquent than words.

Silence is more eloquent than words.

Thomas Carlyle
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.

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.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.

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

Thomas Carlyle
One life - a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.

One life - a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

Thomas Carlyle
The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist

Thomas Carlyle
The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.

The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.

Thomas Carlyle
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

Thomas Carlyle
In books lies the soul fo the whole past time.

In books lies the soul fo the whole past time.

Thomas Carlyle
Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light.

Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light.

Thomas Carlyle
Wonder is the basis of worship.

Wonder is the basis of worship.

Thomas Carlyle
Every noble work is at first impossible.

Every noble work is at first impossible.

Thomas Carlyle
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.

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

Thomas Carlyle
May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.

May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
Fame is no sure test of merit.

Fame is no sure test of merit.

Thomas Carlyle
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
Let me have my own way in exactly everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.

Let me have my own way in exactly everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.

Thomas Carlyle
The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.

Thomas Carlyle
The history of the world is but a biography of great men.

The history of the world is but a biography of great men.

Thomas Carlyle
If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.

If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.

Thomas Carlyle
There needs not a great soul to make a hero; there needs a god-created soul which will be true to its origin; that will be a great soul!

There needs not a great soul to make a hero; there needs a god-created soul which will be true to its origin; that will be a great soul!

Thomas Carlyle
Bright, heroic, tender, true and noble was that lost treasure of my heart, who faithfully accompanied me in all the rocky ways and climbings; and I am forever poor without her.

Bright, heroic, tender, true and noble was that lost treasure of my heart, who faithfully accompanied me in all the rocky ways and climbings; and I am forever poor without her.

Thomas Carlyle
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

Thomas Carlyle
Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

Thomas Carlyle
Literature is the thought of thinking souls.

Literature is the thought of thinking souls.

Thomas Carlyle
In every object there is inexhaustible meaning.

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning.

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

Thomas Carlyle
Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation.

Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation.

Thomas Carlyle
The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man.

The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man.

Thomas Carlyle
The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once.

The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once.

Thomas Carlyle
Thirty million, mostly fools.
[When asked the population of England]

Thirty million, mostly fools. [When asked the population of England]

Thomas Carlyle
Idleness is worst, Idleness alone is without hope: work earnestly at anything, you will by degrees learn to work at almost all things. There is endless hope in work, were it even work at making money.

Idleness is worst, Idleness alone is without hope: work earnestly at anything, you will by degrees learn to work at almost all things. There is endless hope in work, were it even work at making money.

Thomas Carlyle
The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against disbelief

The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against disbelief

Thomas Carlyle
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.

Thomas Carlyle
To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.

Thomas Carlyle
Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

Thomas Carlyle
In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.

Thomas Carlyle
(Quoted by Thomas Carlyle) The rude man requires only to see something going on. The man of more refinement must be made to feel. The man of complete refinement must be made to reflect.

(Quoted by Thomas Carlyle) The rude man requires only to see something going on. The man of more refinement must be made to feel. The man of complete refinement must be made to reflect.

Thomas Carlyle
In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.

Thomas Carlyle
Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.

Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
Literature, so far as it is Literature, is an ‘apocalypse of Nature,’ a revealing of the ‘open secret.

Literature, so far as it is Literature, is an ‘apocalypse of Nature,’ a revealing of the ‘open secret.

Thomas Carlyle
For a hundred that can bear adversity, there is hardly one that can bear prosperity.

For a hundred that can bear adversity, there is hardly one that can bear prosperity.

Thomas Carlyle
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.

Thomas Carlyle
A stammering man is never a worthless one. Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of delicacy, excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer.

A stammering man is never a worthless one. Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of delicacy, excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.

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

Thomas Carlyle
Every poet... finds himself born in the midst of prose. He has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal.

Every poet... finds himself born in the midst of prose. He has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal.

Thomas Carlyle
Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.

Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.

Thomas Carlyle
History of the world is the biography of the great man. And I said: The great man always act like a thunder. He storms the skies, while others are waiting to be stormed.

History of the world is the biography of the great man. And I said: The great man always act like a thunder. He storms the skies, while others are waiting to be stormed.

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

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

Thomas Carlyle
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.

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.

Thomas Carlyle
The greatest university is a collection of books.

The greatest university is a collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Thomas Carlyle
Any the smallest alteration of my silent daily habits produces anarchy in me

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

Thomas Carlyle
OH, Heaven,it is mysterious,it is awful to consider
that we not only carry a future Ghost within us. but
are,in very deed, GHOSTS !

OH, Heaven,it is mysterious,it is awful to consider that we not only carry a future Ghost within us. but are,in very deed, GHOSTS !

Thomas Carlyle
This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.

Thomas Carlyle
Surely of all ‘rights of man’, this right of the ignorant man to be guided by the wiser, to be, gently or forcibly, held in the true course by him, is the indisputablest.

Surely of all ‘rights of man’, this right of the ignorant man to be guided by the wiser, to be, gently or forcibly, held in the true course by him, is the indisputablest.

Thomas Carlyle
. . . everywhere a good and a bad book

. . . everywhere a good and a bad book

Thomas Carlyle
The whole universe is but a huge Symbol of god

The whole universe is but a huge Symbol of god".

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

Of all the acts of man, repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults . . . is to be conscious of none." (Thomas Carlyle)

Thomas Carlyle
Wondrous indeed is the virtue of a true Book.

Wondrous indeed is the virtue of a true Book.

Thomas Carlyle
Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.

Thomas Carlyle
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.

Thomas Carlyle
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books.

Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books.

Thomas Carlyle