45 Inspirational Thomas Carlyle Quotes For Success In Life

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a British historian, satirical writer, essayist, translator, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher. In his book On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (1841), he argued that the actions of the “Great Man” play a key role in history, claiming that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men”. Other major works include The French Revolution: A History, 3 vols (1837) and The History of Friedrich II of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great, 6 vols (1858–65). Thomas Carlyle quotes will motivate you.

Best Thomas Carlyle Quotes

  1. “What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  2. “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  3. “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  4. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  5. “If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  6. “Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  7. “The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  8. “A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  9. “Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  10. “Idleness is worst, Idleness alone is without hope: work earnestly at anything, you will by degrees learn to work at almost all things. There is endless hope in work, were it even work at making money.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  11. “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand. ” ― Thomas Carlyle
  12. “A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.” ― Thomas Carlyle

  13. “Silence is more eloquent than words.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  14. “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  15. “Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  16. “Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  17. “The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  18. “The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  19. “Every noble work is at first impossible.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  20. “Wonder is the basis of worship.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  21. “The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  22. “The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  23. “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  24. “It is the heart always that sees before the head can see.” ― Thomas Carlyle

  25. “Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  26. “A person usually has two reasons for doing something, a good reason and the real reason.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  27. “Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are” ― Thomas Carlyle
  28. “The history of the world is but a biography of great men.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  29. “If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  30. “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  31. “Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  32. “Fame is no sure test of merit.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  33. “Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don’t happen at all.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  34. “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with” ― Thomas Carlyle
  35. “All that mankind has done thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  36. “When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  37. “If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  38. “My books are friends that never fail me.” ― Thomas Carlyle

  39. “I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  40. “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
  41. “History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  42. “In books lies the soul fo the whole past time.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  43. “May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  44. “Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  45. “Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. ” ― Thomas Carlyle

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