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180 Famous Quotes by Thomas Carlyle
12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881
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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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Thought once awakened does not again slumber.

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

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A Poet without Love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility.

Poets Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Burns

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If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.

Reading Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Helena

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We have not read an author till we have seen his object, whatever it may be, as he saw it.

Reading Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Helena

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We are firm believers in the maxim that, for all right judgment of any man or thing, it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.

Character Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe

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Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

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

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He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.

Printing Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. V)

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Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself.

Work Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (bk. II, ch. XVII)

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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

Influence Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs

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Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is affected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation.

Influence Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs

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If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero?

Heroes Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Heroes and Hero-Worship (lecture IV)

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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind.

Heroes Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus--Organic Filaments

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A man must indeed be a hero to appear such in the eyes of his valet. [Fr., Il faut etre bien heros pour l'etre aux yeux de son valet-de-chambre.]

Heroes Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus--Organic Filaments

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What gained we, little moth? Thy ashes, Thy one brief parting pang may show: And withering thoughts for soul that dashes, From deep to deep, are but a death more slow.

Moths Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Tragedy of the Night Moth (st. 14)

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To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope.

Change Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Characteristics

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Youth is to all the glad reason of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.

Youth Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Schiller

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Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?

Journalism Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: French Revolution (pt. II, bk. 1, ch. 4)

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A parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.

Journalism Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Latter Day Pamphlets (no. VI, Parliaments)

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Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.

Teaching Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: "In Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves

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He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living.

Teaching Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Schiller

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Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go.

Wealth Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Past and Present (ch. VI)

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

Gain Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Goethe's Helena

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Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less.

Money Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Frederick the Great (bk. IV, ch. III)

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We have not the love of greatness, but the love of the love of greatness.

Greatness Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Characteristics (vol. III)

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