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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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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The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual.
[Genuine] [Samuel Smiles]

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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.
[Hono] [Samuel Smiles]

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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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The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained form actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
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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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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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Many are the lives of men unwritten, which have nevertheless as powerfully influenced civilization and progress as the more fortunate Great whose names are recorded in biography. Even the humblest person, who sets before his fellows an example of industry, sobriety, and upright honesty of purpose in life, has a present as well as a future influence upon the well-being of his country; for his life and character pass unconsciously into the lives of others, and propagate good example for all time to come.
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Sow a thought and you get an act; Sow an act and you get a habit; Sow a habit and you get a character; Sow a character and you get a destiny.
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The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve.
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I'm as happy a man as any in the world, for the whole world seems to smile upon me!
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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.
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Man cannot aspire if he looked down; if he rise, he must look up.
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Men must necessarily be the active agents of their own well-being and well-doing they themselves must in the very nature of things be their own best helpers.
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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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