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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

(1795-1881), Scottish Philosopher, Author

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.

Category: Certainty

By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.

Category: Change

The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change.

Category: Change

Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope.

Category: Change

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

Category: Character

Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.

Category: Cheerfulness

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance -- the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.

Category: Cheerfulness

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.

Category: Churches

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

Category: Civilization

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.

Category: Cleverness

A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.

Category: Commitment

Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility.

Category: Competition

The archenemy is the arch stupid!

Category: Conflict

All great peoples are conservative.

Category: Conservatives

The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.

Category: Controversy