Quotes by Thomas Carlyle

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
– Thomas Carlyle
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.
– Thomas Carlyle
Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.
– Thomas Carlyle
Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
– Thomas Carlyle
No age seemed the age of romance to itself.
– Thomas Carlyle
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
– Thomas Carlyle
No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
– Thomas Carlyle
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
– Thomas Carlyle
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
– Thomas Carlyle
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
– Thomas Carlyle
No person is important enough to make me angry.
– Thomas Carlyle
No pressure, no diamonds.
– Thomas Carlyle
No violent extreme endures.
– Thomas Carlyle
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
– Thomas Carlyle
Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.
– Thomas Carlyle
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!
– Thomas Carlyle
Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.
– Thomas Carlyle
Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
– Thomas Carlyle
Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.
– Thomas Carlyle
Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
– Thomas Carlyle