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

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

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

If you don't wish a man to do a thing you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.

Thomas Carlyle

There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.

Thomas Carlyle

All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble ... A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god.

Thomas Carlyle

The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.

Thomas Carlyle

Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised.

Thomas Carlyle

He that has a secret should not only hide it, but hide that he has it to hide.

Thomas Carlyle

All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads, and sows itself anew.

Thomas Carlyle
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