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Samuel Smiles Quotes

(1812-1904), Scottish Author

''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.

Category: Achievement

The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.

Category: Action

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.

Category: Adversity

The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.

Category: Cooperation

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.

Category: Desire

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

Category: Difficulties

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.

Category: Difficulties

The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty. They have struggled against the tide, and reached the shore exhausted.

Category: Difficulties

Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action.

Category: Enthusiasm

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.

Category: Enthusiasm

We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

Category: Failure

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.

Category: Failure

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.

Category: Hope

Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession -- a property entirely our own.

Category: Knowledge

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

Category: Labor