Quotes by Thomas Carlyle


A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
– Thomas Carlyle

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
– Thomas Carlyle
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
– Thomas Carlyle
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
– Thomas Carlyle
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
– Thomas Carlyle
A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
– Thomas Carlyle
A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
– Thomas Carlyle
A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space.
– Thomas Carlyle
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
– Thomas Carlyle
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.
– Thomas Carlyle
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
– Thomas Carlyle
All great peoples are conservative.
– Thomas Carlyle
All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.
– Thomas Carlyle
All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
– Thomas Carlyle
As a first approximation, I define belief not as the object of believing (a dogma, a program, etc.) but as the subject's investment in a proposition, the act of saying it and considering it as true.
– Thomas Carlyle
Be not a slave of words.
– Thomas Carlyle
Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world.
– Thomas Carlyle
Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
– Thomas Carlyle
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
– Thomas Carlyle
Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
– Thomas Carlyle