Thomas Carlyle

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Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History where he explains that the key role in history lies in the actions of the "Great Man", claiming that "History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man". A respected historian, his 1837 book The French Revolution: A History was the inspiration for Dickens' 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities, and remains popular today. Carlyle's 1836 novel Sartor Resartus is considered one of the finest works of the nineteenth century. A great polemicist, Carlyle coined the term "the dismal science" for economics. ... More

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Thomas Carlyle #Age #Thankful #Work

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.
Thomas Carlyle #Alone

Photo of Thomas Carlyle None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
Thomas Carlyle #Alone

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
Thomas Carlyle #Alone #Work

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Work alone is noble.
Thomas Carlyle #Beauty

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Secrecy is the element of all goodness even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
Thomas Carlyle #Best #Good #Men

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
Thomas Carlyle #Age #Happiness #Men

Photo of Thomas Carlyle It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
Thomas Carlyle #Business #Work

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Blessed is he who has found his work let him ask no other blessedness.
Thomas Carlyle #Business #Good #Work

Photo of Thomas Carlyle The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
Thomas Carlyle #Business

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Thomas Carlyle #Courage

Photo of Thomas Carlyle The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
Thomas Carlyle #Faith

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.
Thomas Carlyle #Teacher

Photo of Thomas Carlyle What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle #Fear

Photo of Thomas Carlyle The first duty of man is to conquer fear he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
Thomas Carlyle #Fitness #Health #Hope

Photo of Thomas Carlyle He who has health, has hope and he who has hope, has everything.
Thomas Carlyle #God #Great

Photo of Thomas Carlyle I grow daily to honour facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
Thomas Carlyle #God

Photo of Thomas Carlyle To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.
Thomas Carlyle #Good

Photo of Thomas Carlyle There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.
Thomas Carlyle #Good #Great

Photo of Thomas Carlyle The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
Thomas Carlyle #Good #Time

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity speech is shallow as Time.
Thomas Carlyle #Good

Photo of Thomas Carlyle Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
Thomas Carlyle #Good

Photo of Thomas Carlyle What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite.
Thomas Carlyle #Government #Wisdom

Photo of Thomas Carlyle In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom we have to say, Like People like Government.
Thomas Carlyle #Great

Photo of Thomas Carlyle I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
Thomas Carlyle #Great #Religion

Photo of Thomas Carlyle The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.