Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

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.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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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 culture and laws

The great law of culture is: let each become all that he was created capable of being.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on debate and life

A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on obstacles and weakness

The block of granite, which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books

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Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on bravery

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Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on wonder and worship

The man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually wonder and worship, . . . is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye.

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