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.


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

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Thomas Carlyle

Action hangs, as it were, dissolved in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Thomas Carlyle

The wind does blow as it lists always; / Canst thou change this world to thy mind? / The world will wander its own wise way; / I also will wander mine, mine, / I also will wander mine.      

Thomas Carlyle

God Almighty never created a man half as wise as he looks.     

Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose... Get your happiness out of your work or you will never know what real happiness is... Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.      

Thomas Carlyle

Caution is the lower story of prudence.     

Thomas Carlyle

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.     

Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.     

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

If you look deep enough you will see music. The heart of nature being everywhere music.     

Thomas Carlyle

Each human heart can properly exhibit but one love, if even one: the 'first love, which is infinite,' can be followed by no second like unto it.      

Thomas Carlyle

In youth the universe is majestically unveiling, and everywhere heaven revealing itself on earth, nowhere to the young man does this heaven on earth so immediately reveal itself as in the young maiden.     

Thomas Carlyle