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.


It is not honest inquiry that makes anarchy; but it is error, insincerity, half belief and untruth that make it.     

Thomas Carlyle

If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.     

Thomas Carlyle

The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.     

Thomas Carlyle

All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble... A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god.     

Thomas Carlyle

There is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong.      

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

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.     

Thomas Carlyle

A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.     

Thomas Carlyle

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.     

Thomas Carlyle

The true epic of our times is not "Arm's and the Man," but "Tools and the Man"--an infinitely wider kind of epic.     

Thomas Carlyle

Worship is transcendent wonder.     

Thomas Carlyle

To be true is manly, chivalrous, Christian; to be false is mean, cowardly, devilish.     

Thomas Carlyle

The true university of these days is a collection of books.     

Thomas Carlyle

A crowd has the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.     

Thomas Carlyle

A noble book! all men's book!     

Thomas Carlyle

Every noble work is at first impossible.     

Thomas Carlyle

Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

Biography is the only true history.     

Thomas Carlyle

Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.     

Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.      

Thomas Carlyle

One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music.     

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

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

Thomas Carlyle

The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.     

Thomas Carlyle

Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ.     

Thomas Carlyle

No country can find eternal peace and comfort where the vote of Judas Iscariot is as good as the vote of the Saviour of mankind.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle