Thomas Carlyle Quotes

Nature admits no lie.

Thomas Carlyle

In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded.

Thomas Carlyle

He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.

Thomas Carlyle

A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages.

Thomas Carlyle

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero.

Thomas Carlyle

The Public is an old woman. Let her maunder and mumble.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.

Thomas Carlyle

Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school fees are heavy

Thomas Carlyle

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

[History] may be called, more generally still, the Message, verbal or written, which all Mankind delivers to everyman.

Thomas Carlyle

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.

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 has to say, and make fun of it.

Thomas Carlyle
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