Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles

Scottish writer

Lived from: 1812-1904

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Smiles

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    ''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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    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.
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    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.
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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.
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    Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action.
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    He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
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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.
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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.
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    It is by patience and self-control that the truly heroic character is perfected.
    Source: Character Ch. VI
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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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    It is not ease but effort, not facility but difficult, that makes man. There is perhaps no station in life in which difficulties do not have to be encountered and overcome before any decided means of success can be achieved.
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    Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession - a property entirely our own.
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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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    Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.
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