Be not a slave of words.
– Thomas Carlyle
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
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.
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.
All great peoples are conservative.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
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.
If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
No person is important enough to make me angry.
Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
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.
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.