Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books and good

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No good book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on guidance, mankind, and men

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle

Let each man become all that he was created capable of being.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on giving, life, and world

No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books, happiness, history, and people

Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on honor, idealism, and kindness

Show me the man you honor, and I will show you the kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on impossibility, nobility, and work

Every noble work is at first impossible. quoted by Og Mandino.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on country, newspapers, prose, and providence

Except by name, Jean Paul Friedrich Richter is little known out of Germany. The only thing connected with him, we think, that has reached this country is his saying,-imported by Madame de Staël, and thankfully pocketed by most newspaper critics,-"Providence has given to the French the empire of the land; to the English that of the sea; to the Germans that of-the air!" Richter: German humorist & prose writer.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Source: Richter. Edinburgh Review, 1827.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on heroism, life, and poetry

He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on business and lies

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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