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

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.


Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.


A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.


The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.


Work alone is noble.


The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.


There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.


No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.


A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.

    Topics: Life

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


A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.


No violent extreme endures.


Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.


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