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  • Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • Every man has a coward and hero in his soul.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • He has no resolution, he shrinks from pain or labour in any of its shapes. His very attitude bespeaks this he never straightens his knee joints, he stoops with his fat ill-shapen shoulders, and in walking he does not tread but shovel and slide.
    (Thomas Carlyle)


  • Properly speaking, all true work is religion.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • As one highway engineer put it, We were going by the book, but the damned mountain couldn't read. ... Every noble work is at first impossible.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • Life is a little gleam of time between two eternity s.
    (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)

  • A terrible, beetle-browed, mastiff-mouthed, yellow-skinned, broad-bottomed, grim-taciturn individual with a pair of dull-cruel-looking black eyes, and as much Parliamentary intellect and silent-rage in him. . . as I have ever seen in any man.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder -- waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.
    (Thomas Carlyle)

  • To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
    (Thomas Carlyle)


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