Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

A Quote by Thomas Carlyle

Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on merit, novelty, originality, and sincerity

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle

Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on good, water, and work

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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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 action and kindness

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Source: Inaugural address, 2 Apr 1866, on being installed as Rector of the University at Edinburgh.

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