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

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

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.

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.

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

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

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

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.

He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

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.

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.

Courage is by no means incompatible with tenderness. On the contrary, gentleness and tenderness have been found to characterize the men, no less than the women, who have done the most courageous deeds.

Enthusiasm – the sustaining power of all great action.

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

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

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