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Thomas Carlyle
December 4, 1795 - February 5, 1881
Nationality: Scottish
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Scottish Philosopher

Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.


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


The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.


The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.


The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.


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.


Happy the people whose annals are vacant.


Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.


Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is.


Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.


Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.


The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.


Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.


Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.


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.


I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it.


A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.


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.


Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.


He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.


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