Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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

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

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

Thomas Carlyle

Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.

Thomas Carlyle

The deadliest sin were the consciousness of no sin

Thomas Carlyle

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

Thomas Carlyle

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

Thomas Carlyle

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

Thomas Carlyle

Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness.

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 ghostly consciousness of wrong.

Thomas Carlyle
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