Quotations From JANE WELSH CARLYLE
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If they had said that the sun or the moon had gone out of the heavens, it could not have struck me with the idea of a more awful and dreary blank in creation than the words: "Byron is dead!"Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet, wife of Thomas Carlyle. Letter, May 20, 1824, to her future husband Thomas Carlyle. The Love Letters of Thomas Carlyle and Jane Welsh (1908).
Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet. letter, Dec. 27, 1853, to her husband, Thomas Carlyle. Letters and Memorials (1883).
When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favour.Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet. Letters and Memorials, entry for Nov. 21, 1855 (1883).
My dear, if Mr. Carlyle's digestion had been stronger, there is no saying what he might have been!Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet, wife of Thomas Carlyle. Letter, May [?] 1866. Quoted in Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. Margaret Oliphant (1899). In answer to a remark by Margaret Oliphant that "Mr. Carlyle seemed the only virtuous philosopher we had."
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