Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.
Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)
Contributed by: Zaady
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Source: The Age of Reason, pt. 1, "The Author's Profession of Faith," 1794.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.
Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.
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.
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
Source: Inaugural address, 2 Apr 1866, on being installed as Rector of the University at Edinburgh.
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