Thomas Carlyle was born 4 December 1795, and died 5 February 1881.
Thomas Carlyle: 10 Literary Quotes
- 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.
- Writing is a dreadful labour, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
- Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
- Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
- The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
- A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
- In the true Literary Man there is thus ever, acknowledged or not by the world, a sacredness: he is the light of the world; the world’s Priest; — guiding it, like a sacred Pillar of Fire, in its dark pilgrimage through the waste of Time.
- 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.
- The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, and became a controversial social commentator. He was raised in a strict Calvinist family and expected to become a preacher. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, he lost his faith, but not his ethics. He became a leading moral force in Victorian literature. His best works include The French Revolution: A History (Modern Library Classics) and On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History.
Are you interested in more authors’ birthdays? Please click here: Literary Birthday Calendar