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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

(1795-1881), Scottish Philosopher, Author

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.

Category: Reform

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.

Category: Reform

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

Category: Repentance

All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.

Category: Responsibility

No age seemed the age of romance to itself.

Category: Romance And Romanticism

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

Category: Sarcasm

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.

Category: Science And Scientists

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.

Category: Sentiment

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

Category: Silence

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.

Category: Silence

Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.

Category: Silence

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

Category: Silence

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.

Category: Silence

Silence is more eloquent than words.

Category: Silence

The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit.

Category: Sin