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Quotes of the day: Thomas Carlyle

Published Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 12:07 AM EST
Dec 04 2013

Thomas Carlyle (December 5, 1795 - February 5, 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He called economics "the dismal science", wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social commentator. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.

A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.

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

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.

All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught.

Be not the slave of Words.

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

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

Do nothing, only keep agitating, debating; and things will destroy themselves.

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.

For love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light.

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, hear what he had to say, and make fun of him.

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

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Nature admits no lie.

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.

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

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

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.

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

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

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything.

There are depths in man that go to the lowest hell, and heights that reach the highest heaven, for are not both heaven and hell made out of him, everlasting miracle and mystery that he is.

To a shower of gold most things are penetrable.

With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.

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