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SAMUEL SMILES
Scottish author, biographer and social reformer
(1812 - 1904)
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The cheapest of all things is kindness, its exercise requiring the least possible trouble and self-sacrifice. "Win hearts," said Burleigh to Queen Elizabeth, "and you have all men's hearts and purses."
      - [Kindness]

The egotist is next door to a fanatic.
      - [Egotism]

The government of a nation itself is usually found to be but the reflex of the individuals composing it. The government that is head of the people will be inevitably dragged down to their level, as the government that is behind them will in the long run be dragged up.
      - [Government]

The great high-road of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast well-doing; and they who are the most persistent, and work in the true spirit, will invariably be the most successful. Success treads on the heels of every right effort.
      - [Industry : Success]

The great lesson of biography is to show what man can be and do at his best. A noble life put fairly on record acts like an inspiration to others.
      - [Biography]

The path of success in business is invariably the path of common-sense. Nothwithstanding all that is said about "lucky hits," the best kind of success in every man's life is not that which comes by accident. The only "good time coming" we are justified in hoping for is that which we are capable of making for ourselves.
      - [Success]

The Romans rightly employed the same word (virtus) to designate courage, which is, in a physical sense, what the other is in a moral; the highest virtue of all being victory over ourselves.
      - [Self-control]

The truest politeness comes of sincerity.
      - [Politeness]

The tyrant, it has been said, is but a slave turned inside out.
      - [Tyrants]

The women of the poorer classes make sacrifices, and run risks, and bear privations, and exercise patience and kindness to a degree that the world never knows of, and would scarcely believe even if it did know.
      - [Endurance]

There are many persons of whom it may be said that they have no other possession in the world but their character, and yet they stand as firmly upon it as any crowned king.
      - [Character]

There is a Russian proverb which says that misfortune is nest door to stupidity; and it will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, improvidence, or want of application.
      - [Misfortune]

Though an inheritance of acres may be bequeathed, an inheritance of knowledge and wisdom cannot. The wealthy man may pay others for doing his work for him; but it is impossible to get his thinking done for him by another, or to purchase any kind of self-culture.
      - [Thought]

Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their author's minds, ages ago.
      - [Thought]

True politeness is consideration for the opinions of others. It has been said of dogmatism that it is only puppyism come to its full growth; and certainly the worst form this quality can assume is that of opinionativeness and arrogance.
      - [Politeness]

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. Horne Tooke used to say of his studies in intellectual philosophy, that he had become all the better acquainted with the country through having had the good luck sometimes to lose his way.
      - [Mistake]

Woman, above all other educators, educates humanly. Man is the brain, but woman is the heart, of humanity.
      - [Humanity]

It is energy--the central element of which is will--that produces the miracles of enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is the main-spring of what is called force of character, and the sustaining power of all great action.
      - Character (ch. V) [Character]

The great and good do no die even in this world. Embalmed in books, their spirits walk abroad. The book is a living voice. It is an intellect to which one still listens.
      - Character (ch. X) [Authorship]


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