Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)
- What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest.
- A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.
- A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
- The three great elements of modern civilization, Gunpowder, Printing and the Protestant Religion.
- What we might call, by way of eminence, the Dismal Science.
- 'Do the duty which lies nearest thee,' which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.
- No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
- Man is a tool-using animalâ€¦ Without tools he is nothing, with tools, he is all.
- Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
- Wonder is the basis of worship.
- France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.
- A whiff of grapeshot.
- Geniusâ€¦ means transcendent capacity of taking trouble.
- Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
- The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
- The age of miracles is forever here!
- Vain hope to make people happy by politics!
- I don't pretend to understand the universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am. â€¦ People ought to be modester.
- Blessed is he who has found his work. Let him ask no other blessedness.
- 'A fair day's wages for a fair day's work': it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man.
- Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.