Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

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

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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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.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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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 circumstances and fortune

Man makes circumstances, and spiritually as well as economically, is the artificer of his own fortune.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on courage, death, and desires

The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on path

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From the lowliest depth there is a path to the loftiest height.

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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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