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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

(1795-1881), Scottish Philosopher, Author

Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect!

Category: Cooking

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

Category: Courage

A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.

Category: Crafts

No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.

Category: Critics And Criticism

There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.

Category: Debt

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

Category: Decisions

The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.

Category: Despair

The devil has his elect.

Category: Devil

The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.

Category: Difficulties

No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves.

Category: Dissatisfaction

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Category: Doubt

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.

Category: Doubt

Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.

Category: Duty

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.

Category: Egotism

If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.

Category: Enemies