Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

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

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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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.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on science

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What we might call, by way of eminence, the Dismal Science.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on action and thought

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on earth, freedom, and struggle

Freedom is the one purport, wisely aimed at, or unwisely, of all man's struggles, toilings and sufferings, in this earth.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on creation, god, greatness, and heart

It is great, and there is no other greatness-to make one nook of God's Creation more fruitful, better, more worthy of God; to make some human heart a little wiser, manlier, happier-more blessed.

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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.

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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.

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