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.


A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.     

Thomas Carlyle

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.     

Thomas Carlyle

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.     

Thomas Carlyle

Eternity looks grander and kinder if time grow meaner and more hostile.     

Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.     

Thomas Carlyle

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.     

Thomas Carlyle

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.     

Thomas Carlyle

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.     

Thomas Carlyle

France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams.     

Thomas Carlyle

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.     

Thomas Carlyle

Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Metaphysics is the attempt of the mind to rise above the mind.     

Thomas Carlyle

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.     

Thomas Carlyle

The break would never come as long as fear could turn to wrath.     

Thomas Carlyle

A background of wrath, which can be stirred up to the murderous infernal pitch, does lie in every man.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

A well written life is almost as rare as a well spent one.     

Thomas Carlyle

A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.     

Thomas Carlyle

To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant.     

Thomas Carlyle

The deepest depth of vulgarism is that of setting up money as the ark of the covenant.     

Thomas Carlyle

The insignificant, the empty, is usually the loud; and after the manner of a drum, is louder even because of its emptiness.     

Thomas Carlyle

Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.     

Thomas Carlyle

Conclusive facts are inseparable from inconclusive except by a head that already understands and knows.     

Thomas Carlyle

The wise man is but a clever infant spelling letters from a hierographical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity.     

Thomas Carlyle

Cash-payment is not the sole nexus of man with man.     

Thomas Carlyle

Wonder is the basis of worship     

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

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.     

Thomas Carlyle

Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise.     

Thomas Carlyle