Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

Scottish writer and historicus

Lived from: 1795-1881

Category: History and sociology | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Thomas Carlyle

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    A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
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    Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
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    A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.
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    A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
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    A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
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    A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
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    A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.
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    A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
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    A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
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    A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one

    Source: Goethe's Works (1832)

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    A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
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    A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
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    A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.
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    A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
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    Action hangs, as it were, ''dissolved'' in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.
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