Talk:Thomas Carlyle

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Thomas Carlyle page.

I am an 82 year old retired educator and the great grand niece of Thomas Carlyle. I spent my life teaching British Literature, grammar, writing, and some American Literature to seconda;y school students and college undergraduates. I have always studied Carlyle's life with great interest and admiration. Margaret Glidden - Jacksonville, FL.

Any interest in contributing interesting quotes of Carlyle with which one is familiar is appreciated. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 00:35, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

In The Hero as Man of Letters made some minor edits, added one quote; moved an attributed quote that does not appear. Found this page very helpful when trying to locate where Carlyle said what. Typo0123 (talk) 22:50, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Unsourced attributions[edit]

"Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world" There are so many of these with absolutely no source reference whatsoever. Just tagging as "attributed" really is not sufficient and an endless expanding task. They should all be dumped into a single top level of unsourced. Jbgfour (talk) 17:41, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


  • A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
    • More often attributed to John Pierpont Morgan
  • No pressure, no diamonds.
    • More often attributed to Mary Case.
  • The Press is the Fourth Estate of the realm.
  • Be no longer a Chaos but a World or even Worldkin. Produce! Produce! Were it but the pitifullest infinitesimal fraction of a Product, produce it, in God’s name! ’Tis the utmost thou hast in thee: out with it, then. Up, up! Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy whole might. Work while it is called To-day: for the Night cometh, wherein no man can work.
  • "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."
    • Also attributed as an Arabian proverb.