Thomas Carlyle Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Thomas Carlyle quotes, Thomas Carlyle sayings, and Thomas Carlyle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Ill-health of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!

Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

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

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.     

Thomas Carlyle

A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.     

Thomas Carlyle

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless.

Thomas Carlyle

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.     

Thomas Carlyle

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.

Thomas Carlyle

Do the duty which lies nearest to you. The second duty will then become clearer.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility.     

Thomas Carlyle

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.     

Thomas Carlyle

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Thomas Carlyle

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.     

Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Thomas Carlyle

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.

Thomas Carlyle

The block of granite, which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.     

Thomas Carlyle

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

Thomas Carlyle

By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.

Thomas Carlyle

Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

Thomas Carlyle

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Thomas Carlyle

We are the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God.     

Thomas Carlyle

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.

Thomas Carlyle

Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes.

Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.     

Thomas Carlyle

It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.

Thomas Carlyle

Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.     

Thomas Carlyle

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.     

Thomas Carlyle

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