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Thomas Carlyle Quotes


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That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.
 

The all-importance of clothes has sprung up in the intellect of the dandy, without effort, like an instinct of genius: he is inspired with cloth-a poet of clothing.
 

The beaten paths of literature lead safeliest to the goal, and the talent pleases us most which submits to shine with new gracefulness through old forms.-Nor is the noblest and most peculiar mind too noble or peculiar for working by prescribed laws.
[Literature]
 

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
 

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
[Resolution]
 

The Book had in a high degree excited us to self-activity, which is the best effect of any book.
 

The Courage that we all prize and seek is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
 

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

The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.
 

The deadliest sin were the consciousness of no sin.
[Sin]
 

The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious.
 

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
[Action]
 

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

The eye of the intellect sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing.
[Intellect]
 

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
 

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
 

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
 

The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
 

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
[Faults]
 

The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.
 


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