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Thomas Carlyle Quotes


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Every noble crown is, and on earth will ever be, a crown of thorns.
[Royalty]
 

Every noble work is at first impossible.
[Perseverance]
 

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
 

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.
 

Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy.
[Experience]
 

Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other.
[Experience]
 

Faith is loyalty to some inspired teacher, some spiritual hero.
 

Fame is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such, it is an accident, not a property of man.
[Fame]
 

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.
[Judgment]
 

Foolish men mistake transitory semblances for eternal fact, and go astray more and more.
 

For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
 

For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent, does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that - is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
 

France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.
 

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.
 

Generations are as the days of toilsome mankind.-What the father has made, the son can make and enjoy, but he has also work of his own appointed to him.-Thus all things wax and roll onwards-arts, establishments, opinions; nothing is ever completed, but completing.
[Progress]
 

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
 

Give me a man who sings at his work.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.
[Able]
 

Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
 

Good Christian people, here lies for you an inestimable loan;-take all heed thereof, in all carefulness employ it. With high recompense, or else with heavy penalty, will it one day be required back.
[Children]
 


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