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Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but is all still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless changes.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world.
—  Thomas Carlyle
It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Give us, O give us the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time ... he will do it better ... he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible to fatigue while he marches to music. The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
—  Thomas Carlyle
A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The block of granite, which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Let each man become all that he was created capable of being.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Over the times thou hast no power ... Solely over one man thou hast quite absolute power. Him redeem and make honest.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change.
—  Thomas Carlyle
A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Having a purpose in life, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you.
—  Thomas Carlyle
From the lowliest depth there is a path to the loftiest height.
—  Thomas Carlyle
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
—  Thomas Carlyle
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
—  Thomas Carlyle
It must have been a most blessed discovery, that of an old Latin Bible which he found in the Erfurt Library about this time. He had never seen the Book before. It taught him another lesson than that of fasts and vigils Luther learned now that a man was saved not by singing masses, but by the infinite grace of God: a more credible hypothesis. He gradually got himself founded, as on the rock. No wonder he should venerate the Bible, which had brought this blessed help to him. He prized it as the Word of the Highest must be prized by such a man. He determined to hold by that, as through life and to death he firmly did.
—  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.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The glory of a workman, still more of a master workman, that he does his work well, ought to be his most precious possession; like the honor of a soldier, dearer to him than life.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Freedom is the one purport, wisely aimed at, or unwisely, of all man's struggles, toilings and sufferings, in this earth.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Out of the lowest depths there is a path to the loftiest heights.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Clean undeniable right, clear undeniable might: either of these once ascertained puts an end to battle. All battle is a confused experiment to ascertain one and both of these.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The Ideal is in thyself, the impediments too is in thyself.
—  Thomas Carlyle
He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Of all paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path for every man; to find this path, and to walk in it, is the one thing needful for him.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.
—  Thomas Carlyle
That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Man makes circumstances, and spiritually as well as economically, is the artificer of his own fortune.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Of all the acts of man, repentance is the most divine.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!
—  Thomas Carlyle
No good book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Let a man try faithfully, manfully to be right, he will daily grow more and more right. It is at the bottom of the condition on which all men have to cultivate themselves.
—  Thomas Carlyle
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
—  Thomas Carlyle
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.
—  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, and will preserve it longer.
—  Thomas Carlyle
No man sees far, the most see no farther than their noses.
—  Thomas Carlyle
Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.
—  Thomas Carlyle
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
—  Thomas Carlyle
What we might call, by way of eminence, the Dismal Science.
—  Thomas Carlyle

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