The best Quotations


''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.
- Samuel Smiles

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

Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action.
- Samuel Smiles

He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
- Samuel Smiles

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly 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

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.
- Samuel Smiles

It is not ease but effort, not facility but difficult, that makes man. there is perhaps no station in life in which difficulties do not have to be encountered and overcome before any decided means of success can be achieved.
- Samuel Smiles

It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.
- Samuel Smiles

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

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

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

Man cannot aspire if he looked down; if he rise, he must look up.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Samuel Smiles

The wise man... if he would live at peace with others, he will bear and forbear.
- Samuel Smiles


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Quotation He that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt. - writer
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