Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish historian and philosopher.
I like how he distinguishes talk from action. I think this is excellent advice when you find strongly held, differing opinions.
If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
Thought once awakened does not again slumber.
The idea is in thyself. The impediment, too, is in thyself.
Ridicule is the language of the devil.
Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
“A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work”: it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man.