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

No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.


Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.


If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.


Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.


There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.


Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.


Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.


The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.


If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?


It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.


If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.


It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.


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


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


Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.


Let each become all that he was created capable of being.


I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.


Thought is the parent of the deed.


Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.


All great peoples are conservative.


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