52 Thomas Carlyle Quotes About Life

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  • February 14, 2023

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish essayist, historian, and philosopher. A leading writer of the Victorian era, he exerted a profound influence on 19th-century art, literature, and philosophy. 

1. He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

2. A person with a clear purpose will make progress, even on the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress, even on the smoothest road.

3. A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.

4. Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.

5. I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

6. A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

7. Endurance is patience concentrated.

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

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

10. Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.

11. No pressure, no diamonds.

12. Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

13. Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes. Nothing can teach us better than our understanding of them. This is one of the best ways of self-education.

14. Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

15. Once the mind has been expanded by a big idea, it will never go back to its original state.

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

17. The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.

18. None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

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19. Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.

20. Without kindness there can be no true joy.

21. A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.

22. Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

23. Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.

24. Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.

25. A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.

26. Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.

27. The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.

28. The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.

29. Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.

30. Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.

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31. Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don’t happen at all.

32. Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

33. In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.

34. Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.

35. Of all acts of man, repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

36. The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.

37. Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.

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

39. Teach a parrot the terms ‘supply and demand’ and you’ve got an economist.

40. In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

41. There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.

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

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

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44. What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

45. No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

46. My books are friends that never fail me.

47. A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.

48. The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.

49. All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

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

51. Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.

52. Silence is more eloquent than words.

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