Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on biography, death, existence, future, heaven, life, nations, past, sacred, suffering, present, and universe

All life is figured by them as a Tree. Igdrasil, the Ash-tree of existence, has its roots deep-down in the kingdoms of Death: its trunk reaches up heaven-high, spreads its boughs over the whole Universe: it is the Tree of Existence. At the foot of it, in the Death-Kingdom, sit the three Fates - the Past, Present and Future; watering its roots from the Sacred Well. It's "bough," with their buddings and disleafings, - events, things suffered, things done, catastrophes, - stretch through all lands and times. Is not every leaf of it a biography, every fiber there an act or word? Its boughs are the Histories of Nations. The rustle of it is the noise of Human Existence, onwards from of old. . . . I find no similitude so true as this of a Tree. Beautiful; altogether beautiful and great.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle

Let him who wants to move and convince others be first moved and convinced himself.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on biography, history, men, and world

The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

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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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on destruction, schools, and teaching

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Source: H. Eves In Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on life, men, suffering, and tragedy

The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.

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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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on kindness, problems, universe, women, and work

It is the first of all problems for a man (or woman) to find out what kind of work he (or she) is to do in this universe.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on work

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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.

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