A Thomas Carlyle quote

Something inspirational:

“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.”

THOMAS CARLYLE


22 Nov, 2018

6 thoughts on “A Thomas Carlyle quote

  1. Those are a lot of big words for the strengths that I have in spite of fears, doubts and insecurities that have been ruling my life for far too long. I’m not even really sure of how it is that I’m still alive, let alone even why, but there must be a reason that I don’t know about yet.

    It’s kind of an oxymoron in my mind, since most people would consider me to have a very strong soul when I think of myself as a very weak person overall.

    I have been fighting a battle recently for what I consider to be right for me, when in reality it’s vindictive and petty when you consider I’m the one who’s suffering the most.

    It’s a matter of choosing whether I want to be right, or I want to be happy. I’m thinking that I would rather be happy for a change and to let those others do what they’re doing without trying to save them from themselves.

    1. Thanks Randy. I would say it’s more important you’re happy. Being right can never make us happy.

      Sadly, the expression of us having to be right is tied to being self-righteous having to be right all the time. If we genuinely think we’re right that’s fine, but us wanting to always be right just to win others over won’t make us happy.

      Giving in and not needing to be right all the time doesn’t make us weak at all. It shows strength of character, shows others and ourselves how much we’ve spiritually and emotionally grown.

  2. These are vital ingredients to our success both in our personal and working lives, and adjectives I would use to describe your attitude throughout your journey.

    1. Thanks. Yes, I had many obstacles to overcome, unconsciously my spirit was strong. As they say, you never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

      That was true for me. I wasn’t done.

  3. The soul with the most muscle can yank the love right out of my heart with the strength of empathy and compassion; it’s not selfish at all.

    1. Thanks Tim. Yes, empathy and compassion when used in their rightful context as long as they’re used by the right person and for the right reasons can never be considered selfish.

      Empathy and compassion are reason enough.

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