Samuel Smiles Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old samuel smiles quotes, samuel smiles sayings, and samuel smiles proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A place for everything and everything in its place.      

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Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life.      

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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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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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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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Childhood is like a mirror, which reflects in afterlife the images first presented to it. The first thing continues forever with the child. The first joy, the first sorrow, the first success, the first failure, the first achievement, the first misadventure paint the foreground of his life.     

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We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.     

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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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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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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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Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.     

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The very greatest things, great thoughts, discoveries, inventions have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.     

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We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.     

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Progress, however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.     

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Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price set upon everything which is valuable.     

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Conscience is that peculiar faculty of the soul which may be called the religious instinct.      

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Individualism is an emphasized weakness.     

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Manners are the ornament of action.     

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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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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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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 truest politeness comes of sincerity.     

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The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve.     

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Genius, without work, is certainly a dumb oracle, and it is unquestionably true that the men of the highest genius have invariably been found to be amongst the most plodding, hard-working, and intent men -- their chief characteristic apparently consisting simply in their power of laboring more intensely and effectively than others.     

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Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing.     

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It is idleness that is the curse of man - not labour. Idleness eats the heart out of men as of nations, and consumes them as rust does iron.     

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Idleness of the mind is much worse than that of the body: wit, without employment, is a disease - the rust of the soul, a plague, a hell itself.     

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Where men or nations have broken down, it will almost invariably be found that neglect of little things was the rock on which they split.     

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Purposes, like eggs, unless they be hatched into action, will run into rottenness.      

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