Thomas Carlyle Quotes

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

Teach a parrot the terms ‘supply and demand’ and you’ve got an economist. Thomas Carlyle

Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man. Thomas Carlyle

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with. Thomas Carlyle

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

Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly in the 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, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. Thomas Carlyle

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment. Thomas Carlyle

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. Thomas Carlyle

Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle

No violent extreme endures. Thomas Carlyle

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The great law of culture is: let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle

The true university of these days is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle

Variety is the condition of harmony. Thomas Carlyle

Wonder is the basis of worship. Thomas Carlyle

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man. Thomas Carlyle

Manhood begins when we have in any way made truce with Necessity; begins even when we have surrendered to Necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to Necessity; and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in Necessity we are free. Thomas Carlyle

Show me the man you honour, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle

All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone. Thomas Carlyle

Affectation is the product of falsehood. Thomas Carlyle

In the long run every government is the exact symbol of its people, with their wisdom and unwisdom. Thomas Carlyle

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist. Thomas Carlyle