Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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

The work we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.

Thomas Carlyle

The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.

Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

Thomas Carlyle

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, Necessity and Free Will.

Thomas Carlyle

A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.

Thomas Carlyle

Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge as fire is of light.

Thomas Carlyle

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.

Thomas Carlyle

The three great elements of modern civilization, gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant religion.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

A Parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.

Thomas Carlyle

He that works and does some Poem, not he that merely says one, is worthy of the name of Poet.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

In books lies the soul of the whole past time.

Thomas Carlyle
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