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Samuel Smiles Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Sep 2022
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Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price set upon everything which is valuable.
Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession - a property entirely our own.
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.
I'm as happy a man as any in the world, for the whole world seems to smile upon me!
Hope... is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.
He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action.
An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.
A place for everything, and everything in its place.
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 wise man... if he would live at peace with others, he will bear and forbear.
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.
Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine; but lost time is gone forever
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.
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
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.
Enthusiasm...the sustaining power of all great action.
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.
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
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