Quotes by Thomas Carlyle

Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
– Thomas Carlyle
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
– Thomas Carlyle
Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
– Thomas Carlyle
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
– Thomas Carlyle
Every noble work is at first impossible.
– Thomas Carlyle
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
– Thomas Carlyle
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
– Thomas Carlyle
Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
– Thomas Carlyle
For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
– Thomas Carlyle
For man is not the creature and product of Mechanism; but, in a far truer sense, its creator and producer.
– Thomas Carlyle
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
– Thomas Carlyle
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
– Thomas Carlyle
He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.
– Thomas Carlyle
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
– Thomas Carlyle
Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
– Thomas Carlyle
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
– Thomas Carlyle
I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it.
– Thomas Carlyle
I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am.
– Thomas Carlyle
I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
– Thomas Carlyle
If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
– Thomas Carlyle