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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian, whose work was hugely influential during the Victorian era.
(1795 - 1881)

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A country which has no national literature, or a literature too insignificant to force its way abroad, must always be, to its neighbors at least, in every important spiritual respect, an unknown and unestimated country.

A dandy is a clothes-wearing man,-a man whose trade, office, and existence consist in the wearing of clothes.-Every faculty of his soul, spirit, person, and purse is heroically consecrated to this one object-the wearing of clothes wisely and well; so that as others dress to live, he lives to dress.

A fair day's wages for a fair day's work: it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of government.

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.

A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found.-I am for fumigating the atmosphere when I suspect that falsehood, like pestilence, breathes around me.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.

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

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.

A man with a half-volition goes backwards and forwards, and makes no way on the smoothest road; a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest, and will reach his purpose, if there be even a little wisdom in it.

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

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.

A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.

A noble book! All men's book! It is our first, oldest statement of the never-ending problem,-man's destiny, and God's ways with him here on earth; and all in such free-flowing outlines,-grand in its sincerity; in its simplicity and its epic melody.

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

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.

A star is beautiful; it affords pleasure, not from what it is to do, or to give, but simply by being what it is. It befits the heavens; it has congruity with the mighty space in which it dwells. It has repose; no force disturbs its eternal peace. It has freedom; no obstruction lies between it and infinity.

A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.

A thinking man is the worst enemy the Prince of Darkness can have; every tune such an one announces himself, I doubt not there runs a shudder through the nether empire; and new emissaries are trained with new tactics to, if possible, entrap and hoodwink and handcuff him.

A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.

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