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180 Famous Quotes by Thomas Carlyle
12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881
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What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it

Traditions Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle

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Speech is silvern, silence is golden.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Be firm or mild as the occasion may require.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Consider it the greatest of all virtues to restrain the tongue.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Do not expect good from another's death.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Don't promise twice what you can do at once.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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In doing nothing men learn to do evil.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Should anyone attempt to deceive you by false expressions, and not be a true friend at heart, act in the same manner, and thus art will defeat art. [If you would catch a man let him think he is catching you.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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We see not our own backs.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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Many diseases may be cured by abstinence.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: A Swiss Inscription, quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III

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

Adversity Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture 5)

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High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.

Words Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. VIII)

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Woe to him, . . . who has no court of appeal against the world's judgment.

Judgment Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Mirabeau

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What is all Knowledge too but recorded Experience, and a product of History; of which, therefore, Reasoning and Belief, no less than Action and Passion, are essential materials?

Knowledge Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays (On History)

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Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.

Poetry Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (3)

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For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.

Poetry Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sir Walter Scott--London and Westminster Review

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Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.

Fame Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essay--Goethe

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When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

Fame Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (ch. XVII)

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No good Book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first.

Goodness Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Novalis

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Silence is more eloquent than words.

Silence Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture II)

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

Soul Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Works

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Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of--the air!

England Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Richter

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A certain man has called us, "of all peoples the wisest in action," but he added, "the stupidest in speech."

England Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: The Nigger Question

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If I say that Shakespeare is the greatest of intellects, I have said all concerning him. But there is more in Shakespeare's intellect than we have yet seen. It is what I call an unconscious intellect; there is more virtue in it that he himself is aware of.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Characteristics of Shakespeare

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Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?

Thought Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture I)

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