He was dressed go out for a Sunday speech before a large crowd. His mother was sitting beside the front door. As Carlyle passed her on his way out, she said to him, "And where might you be going, Thomas?" "Mother," he replied, "I’m going to tell the people what is wrong with the world." His mother responded with, "Aye, Thomas, but are you going to tell them what to do about it?"

source: Herb Miller regarding Thomas Carlyle tags: Preaching, Application