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180 Famous Quotes by Thomas Carlyle
12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881
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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--On History

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In a certain sense all men are historians.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--On History

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History, a distillation of rumor.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: French Revolution (pt. I, bk. VII, ch. V)

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All history . . . is an inarticulate Bible.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Latter Day Pamphlets (405)

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Happy the People whose Annals are blank in History-Books.

History Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Life of Frederick the Great (bk. XVI, ch. I)

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Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy.

Students Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Miscellaneous Essays (I, 137), (ed. 1888)

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His religion at best is an anxious wish,--like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps.

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

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On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration.

Religion Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Voltaire

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Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.

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

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The Orator persuades and carries all with him, he knows not how; the Rhetorician can prove that he ought to have persuaded and carried all with him.

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

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For the eye of the intellect "sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing." - Thomas Carlyle,

Intellect Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Varnhagen Von Ense's Memoirs--London and Westminster Review

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How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man.

Laughter Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. IV)

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Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

Literature Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Memoirs of the Life of Scott

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Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.

Literature Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--State of German Literature

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Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.

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

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In the end, everything is a gag.

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

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Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.

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

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This Mirabeau's work, then is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: "Abiit ad plures."

Epitaphs Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essay on Mirabeau (close)

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We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that "ridicule is the test of truth."

Ridicule Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: Essays--Voltaire

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Is not every meanest day the confluence of two eternities?

Day Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: French Revolution (pt. I, bk. VI, ch. V)

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So here hath been dawning Another blue day; Think, wilt thou let it Slip useless away? Out of eternity This new day is born, Into eternity At night will return.

Day Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: To-day

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Day of wrath that day of burning, Seer and Sibyl speak concerning, All the world to ashes turning. [Lat., Dies irae, dies illa! Solvet saeclum in favilla, Teste David cum Sybilla.]

Day Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: To-day

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All comes out even at the end of the day.

Day Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: To-day

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If they could forget for a moment the correggiosity of Correggio and the learned babble of the sale-room and varnishing Auctioneer.

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

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My whinstone house my castle is, I have my own four walls.

Home Quotes, by Thomas Carlyle , Source: My Own Four Walls

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