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“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”
Thomas Carlyle
“If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.”
Thomas Carlyle
“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”
Thomas Carlyle
“All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.”
Thomas Carlyle
“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”
Thomas Carlyle
“My books are friends that never fail me."

(Letter to his mother, Margaret A. Carlyle; 17 March 1817)”
Thomas Carlyle
“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.”
Thomas Carlyle
“A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.”
Thomas Carlyle
“The tragedy of life is not so much what
men suffer, but rather what they miss.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.”
Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History
“No pressure, no diamonds”
Thomas Carlyle
“A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.”
Thomas Carlyle
“The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.”
Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History
“Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time.”
Thomas Carlyle
“The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart - all else is wind in comparison.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.”
Thomas Carlyle
“The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are”
Thomas Carlyle
“Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. ”
Thomas Carlyle
“The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all.”
Thomas Carlyle
“The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.”
Thomas Carlyle
“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.”
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
“Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Silence is more eloquent than words.”
Thomas Carlyle
“Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you.”
Thomas Carlyle

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