Samuel Smiles Quotes

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Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession - a property entirely our own.
[Conquer] [Samuel Smiles]

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The experience 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 any stock of the former.
[Books] [Samuel Smiles]

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The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom
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The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual.
[Genuine] [Samuel Smiles]

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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.
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The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.
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The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.
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Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price set upon everything which is valuable.
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Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
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Man cannot aspire if he looked down; if he rise, he must look up.
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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.
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Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine; but lost time is gone forever
[Time] [Knowledge] [Health] [Samuel Smiles]

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All experiences of life seems to prove that the impediments thrown in the way of the human advancement may for the most part be overcome by steady good conduct, honest zeal, activity, perseverance and above all, by a determined resolution to surmount
[Life] [Samuel Smiles]

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Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles
[Hope] [Samuel Smiles]

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Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
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The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty. They struggled against the tide, and reached the shore exhausted.
[Inspiration] [Samuel Smiles]

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Enthusiasm...the sustaining power of all great action.
[Action] [Samuel Smiles]

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You're more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action. So act! Whatever it is you know you should do, do it.
[Action] [Samuel Smiles]

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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.
[Failure] [Success] [Samuel Smiles]

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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.
[Discovery] [Samuel Smiles]