Thomas Carlyle Quotes (702 quotes)
“Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.”
Critical and Miscellaneous Essays (18271855)
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“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
Variant: "Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." From: "Critical and miscellaneous essays: in 7 vol, Volume 2" by Thomas Carlyle (1869), p. 230, "Signs of the Time (1829)"
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
Variant: "Permanence, persistence is the first condition of all fruitfulness in the ways of men. The 'tendency to persevere,' to persist in spite of hindrances, discouragements and ' impossibilities:' it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." From: "Past and Present" (1843), Book IV: Horoscope, "Permanence"
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Carlyle
Born: December 4, 1795
Died: February 5, 1881 (aged 85)
Occupation: Philosopher, essayist, satirist, historian
Bio: Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He called economics the dismal science, wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social commentator.