Quotes by Thomas Carlyle

If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.
– Thomas Carlyle
If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
– Thomas Carlyle
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
– Thomas Carlyle
Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.
– Thomas Carlyle
Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.
– Thomas Carlyle
In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
– Thomas Carlyle
In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
– Thomas Carlyle
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
– Thomas Carlyle
Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
– Thomas Carlyle
It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
– Thomas Carlyle
It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
– Thomas Carlyle
It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
– Thomas Carlyle
Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
– Thomas Carlyle
Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
– Thomas Carlyle
Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.
– Thomas Carlyle
Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.
– Thomas Carlyle
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
– Thomas Carlyle
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
– Thomas Carlyle
Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
– Thomas Carlyle
Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
– Thomas Carlyle