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Go as far as you can see; when you get there ...
by Thomas Carlyle

Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.
- Thomas Carlyle

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

 

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

If you look deep enough you will see music;
the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein
of water flowing hidden underground,
secretly making the ground green.
- Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

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.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak,
became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he
do it in a devout manner.
- Thomas Carlyle

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

All that mankind has done, thought or been:
it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
- Thomas Carlyle

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
- Thomas Carlyle

If you do not wish a man to do a thing,
you had better get him to talk about it;
for the more men talk,
the more likely they are to do nothing else.
- Thomas Carlyle

Man is a tool-using animal.
Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
- Thomas Carlyle

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
- Thomas Carlyle

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
- Thomas Carlyle

Old age is not a matter for sorrow.
It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.
- Thomas Carlyle

Be not a slave of words.
- Thomas Carlyle

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart,
for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
- Thomas Carlyle

No violent extreme endures.
- Thomas Carlyle

A man lives by believing something: not by debating
and arguing about many things.
- Thomas Carlyle

Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Thomas Carlyle

Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.
- Thomas Carlyle

It is a strange trade that of advocacy.
Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung
up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
- Thomas Carlyle

Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.
- Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
- Thomas Carlyle

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart.
It is not contempt; its essence is love.
It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles,
which lie far deeper.
- Thomas Carlyle

The greatest of faults, I should say,
is to be conscious of none.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general,
the language of the devil; for which reason I have
long since as good as renounced it.
- Thomas Carlyle

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.
- Thomas Carlyle

Show me the person you honor, for I know better by
that the kind of person you are.
For you show me what your idea of humanity is.
- Thomas Carlyle

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs;
no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies,
or can die.
- Thomas Carlyle

I grow daily to honour facts more and more,
and theory less and less.
A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing;
a sentence printed,
if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
- Thomas Carlyle

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can
be altogether irreclaimably bad.
- Thomas Carlyle

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
- Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
- Thomas Carlyle

Secrecy is the element of all goodness;
even virtue,
even beauty is mysterious.
- Thomas Carlyle

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.
- Thomas Carlyle

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine.
The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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.
- Thomas Carlyle

The end of man is action, and not thought,
though it be of the noblest.
- Thomas Carlyle

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.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
- Thomas Carlyle

Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
- Thomas Carlyle

What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite.
- Thomas Carlyle

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness
than disbelief in great men.
- Thomas Carlyle

Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
- Thomas Carlyle

In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
- Thomas Carlyle


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