25 Best Quotes by Scottish Author Samuel Smiles

Collection of famous quotes by Scottish writer Samuel Smiles.

Samuel Smiles was a Scottish author and government reformer. Although he campaigned on a Chartist platform, he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws.

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Best Quotes by Samuel Smiles

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.

— Samuel Smiles

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.

— Samuel Smiles

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

— 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.

— Samuel Smiles

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.

— Samuel Smiles

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry lost knowledge by study lost health by temperance or medicine but lost time is gone forever.

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry lost knowledge by study lost health by temperance or medicine but lost time is gone forever.

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

The wise man… if he would live at peace with others he will bear and forbear.

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

I’m as happy a man as any in the world for the whole world seems to smile upon me!

— 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. If there were no difficulties there would be no success if there were nothing to struggle for there would be nothing to be achieved.

— 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.

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

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.

— Samuel Smiles

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry lost knowledge by study lost health by temperance or medicine but lost time is gone forever.

— 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.

— Samuel Smiles

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation attention perseverance and industry.

— Samuel Smiles

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.

— Samuel Smiles

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

— Samuel Smiles

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