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Samuel Smiles

Datum narození: 23. prosinec 1812
Datum úmrtí: 16. duben 1904

Samuel Smiles byl skotský spisovatel.


„Národové sbírají se ze světnic dětských, a ti, kteří v rukou drží vodítka dětská, mohou působiti větší mocí než oni, kteří v rukou mají otěže vlády.“

„Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.“
Happy Homes and the Hearts That Make Them


„Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.... Hope sweetens the memory of experiences well loved. It tempers our troubles to our growth and our strength. It befriends us in the dark hours, excites us in bright ones. It lends promise to the future and purpose to the past. It turns discouragement to determination.

Samuel Smiles“

„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“ The Lives Of George And Robert Stephenson

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

„The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom“

„Whilst writing all this, I have had in my mind a woman, whose strong and serious mind would not have failed to support me in these contentions. I lost her thirty years ago [I was a child then]--nevertheless, ever living in my memory, she follows me from age to age.

She suffered with me in my poverty, and was not allowed to share my better fortune. When young, I made her sad, and now I cannot console her. I know not even where her bones are: I was too poor then to buy earth to bury her!

And yet I owe her much. I feel deeply that I am the son of woman. Every instant, in my ideas and words [not to mention my features and gestures], I find again my mother in myself. It is my mother's blood which gives me the sympathy I feel for bygone ages, and the tender remembrance of all those who are now no more.

What return then could I, who am myself advancing towards old age, make her for the many things I owe her? One, for which she would have thanked me--this protest in favour of women and mothers.“
Character

„Many are the lives of men unwritten, which have nevertheless as powerfully influenced civilization and progress as the more fortunate Great whose names are recorded in biography. Even the humblest person, who sets before his fellows an example of industry, sobriety, and upright honesty of purpose in life, has a present as well as a future influence upon the well-being of his country; for his life and character pass unconsciously into the lives of others, and propagate good example for all time to come.“ Self Help; With Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance


„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.“

„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.“

„Riches and rank have no necessary connection with genuine gentlemanly qualities. The poor man with rich spirit is in all ways superior to the rich man with a poor spirit. To borrow St. Paul's words, the former is as "having nothing, yet possessing all things," while the other, though possessing all things has nothing. Only the poor in spirit are really poor. He who has lost all, but retains his courage, cheerfulness, hope, virtue, and self respect, is still rich.“ Self-Help

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


„Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.“

„Indeed, we can always better understand and appreciate a man's real character by the manner in which he conducts himself towards those who are the most nearly related to him, and by his transaction of the seemingly commonplace details of daily duty, than by his public exhibition of himself as an author, an orator, or a statesman.“ Character

„The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained form actual life is of the nature of wisdom.“

„There is far too much croaking among young men.“ Duty: With Illustrations of Courage, Patience and Endurance

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