Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on belief, ignorance, individuality, and wisdom

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Source: The Age of Reason, pt. 1, "The Author's Profession of Faith," 1794.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on good, lies, silence, and speech

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on harmony, health, and virtue

Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on world

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Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on conviction

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on death, devil, god, indifference, life, purpose, and universe

To me the Universe was all void of Life, of Purpose, of Volition, even of Hostility; it was one huge, dead, immeasurable Steam-engine, rolling on, in its dead indifference, to grind me limb from limb. Oh vast gloomy, solitary Golgotha, and Mill of Death! Why was the living banished thither companionless, conscious? Why, if there is no Devil; nay, unless the Devil is your God?

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on duty

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Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on endurance and patience

Endurance is patience concentrated.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books, death, determination, discovery, god, grace, learning, libraries, life, time, and wonder

It must have been a most blessed discovery, that of an old Latin Bible which he found in the Erfurt Library about this time. He had never seen the Book before. It taught him another lesson than that of fasts and vigils Luther learned now that a man was saved not by singing masses, but by the infinite grace of God: a more credible hypothesis. He gradually got himself founded, as on the rock. No wonder he should venerate the Bible, which had brought this blessed help to him. He prized it as the Word of the Highest must be prized by such a man. He determined to hold by that, as through life and to death he firmly did.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books

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The true university of these days is a collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Source: The Hero as a Man of Letters.

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