Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

“If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.”

“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.”

“All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.”

“A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.”

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”

“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.”

“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”

“Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.”

“The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.”

“The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.”

“My books are friends that never fail me.”

“May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.”

“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.”

“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”

“The true university of these days is a collection of books.*”

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

“The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.”

“The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.”

“Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time.”

“Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light.”

“In books lies the soul of the whole past time.”

“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.”

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

“No pressure, no diamonds”

“Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.”

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

“One life – a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.”

“If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.”

“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are”

“Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. ”

“Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.”

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

“Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation.”

“History is the essence of innumerable biographies.”

“In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”

“Silence is more eloquent than words.”

“Bright, heroic, tender, true and noble was that lost treasure of my heart, who faithfully accompanied me in all the rocky ways and climbings; and I am forever poor without her.”

“Literature is the thought of thinking souls.”

“The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once.”

“Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don’t happen at all.”

“Every noble work is at first impossible.”

“When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.”

“Wonder is the basis of worship.”

“If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.”

“A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.”

“Let me have my own way in exactly everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.”

“In every object there is inexhaustible meaning.”

“In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.”

“Go as far as you can see. When you get there, you can see farther.”

“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”

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