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    Thomas Carlyle Quotes

    Scottish author, essayist, & historian
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    Quotes by Thomas Carlyle

    • A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
    • All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.
    • Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.
    • Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.
    • Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
    • Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
    • That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.
    • The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
    • The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
    • 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.
    • What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
    • Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
      Past and Present, 1843
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