Samuel Smiles Quotes

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Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing.
— Samuel Smiles
He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
— Samuel Smiles

mistakes

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience.
— Samuel Smiles
A man who has well considered his duty will at once carry his conviction into action.
— Samuel Smiles
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
— Samuel Smiles
To uproot an old habit is sometimes a more painful thing, and vastly more difficult, than to wrench out a tooth.

habit

The maxim is often quoted: "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy."  But all play and no work makes him something worse.

work & play

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance, but lost time is gone for ever.
— Samuel Smiles
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were, perhaps, to win it without honor.

struggle life

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

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.
— Samuel Smiles
Example is one of the most potent of instructors, though it teaches without a tongue.  It is the practical school of mankind, working by action, which is always more forcible than words.

example

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; 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.

success & failure failure wisdom success

All life is a struggle.  Amongst workmen, competition is a struggle to advance towards higher wages.  Amongst masters, to make the highest profits.  Amongst writers, preacers, and politicians, it is a struggle to succeed—to gain glory, reputation, or income.

life struggle