Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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

Thomas Carlyle

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance.

Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that "would," in this world of ours, is a mere zero to "should," and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to "shall."

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder -- waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.

Thomas Carlyle

Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time

Thomas Carlyle

The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.

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

Endurance is patience concentrated.

Thomas Carlyle

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.

Thomas Carlyle
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