Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 - 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and reformer

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An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.
Enthusiasm...the sustaining power of all great action.
He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
Hope...is the companion of power, and the mother of success for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.
It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.
It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.
It is energy -- the central element of which is will -- that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action.
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest better lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune...
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest; better to lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune.
It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.
Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.
Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.
The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.
The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former.
The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Where there is a will there is a way," is an old and true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so - to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.
Where there is a will there is a way. is an old true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so -- to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.

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