Thomas Carlyle: Not a matter for sorrow

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

—Thomas Carlyle. 

Thomas Carlyle: Concentrating powers

“The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind.”

—Thomas Carlyle, essayist and historian (4 Dec 1795-1881). 

Thomas Carlyle: Judgment

Thomas Carlyle, 1870

Thomas Carlyle, 1870 (Photo credit: Penn State Special Collections Library)

“Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death. ”


Thomas Carlyle

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