1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author
A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.
Thomas Carlyle – [Wages]
A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
Thomas Carlyle – [Crafts]
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
Thomas Carlyle – [Argument]
A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.
Thomas Carlyle – [Work]
A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
Thomas Carlyle – [Unemployment]
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
Thomas Carlyle – [Goals]
A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
Thomas Carlyle – [Reason]
A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
Thomas Carlyle – [Focus]
A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.
Thomas Carlyle – [Commitment]
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
Thomas Carlyle – [Biography]
Action hangs, as it were, ''dissolved'' in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.
Thomas Carlyle – [Action]
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle – [Adversity]
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle – [Books and Reading]
All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.
Thomas Carlyle – [Evil]
All great peoples are conservative.
Thomas Carlyle – [Conservatives]
All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.
Thomas Carlyle – [Responsibility]
But the whim we have of happiness is somewhat thus. By certain valuations, and averages, of our own striking, we come upon some sort of average terrestrial lot; this we fancy belongs to us by nature, and of indefeasible rights. It is simple payment of our wages, of our deserts; requires neither thanks nor complaint. Foolish soul! What act of legislature was there that thou shouldst be happy? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be at all.
Thomas Carlyle – [Happiness]
By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.
Thomas Carlyle – [Change]
Cash-payment is not the sole nexus of man with man.
Thomas Carlyle – [Payment]
Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world.
Thomas Carlyle – [Money]