England was nothing, compared to continental nations until she had become commercial…until about the middle of the last century, when a number of ingenious and inventive men, without apparent relation to each other, arose in various parts of the kingdom, succeeded in giving an immense impulse to all the branches of the national industry; the result of which has been a harvest of wealth and prosperity, perhaps without a parallel in the history of the world.
Lives of the Engineers (1862).
The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual.Samuel Smiles
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.Samuel Smiles
The healthy spirit of self-help created among working people would, more than any other measure, serve to raise them as a class; and this, not by pulling down others, but by levelling them up to a higher and still advancing standard of religion, intelligence, and virtue.Samuel Smiles
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. 797Samuel 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
Mere political reform will not cure the manifold evils which now afflict society. There requires a social reform, a domestic reform, an individual reform.Samuel Smiles
No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.Samuel Smiles
The greatest slave is not he who is ruled by a despot, great though that evil be, but he who is in the thrall of his own moral ignorance, selfishness, and vice.Samuel Smiles
Nothing is more common than energy in money-making, quite independent of any higher object than its accumulation. A man who devotes himself to this pursuit, body and soul, can scarcely fail to become rich. Very little brains will do; spend less than you earn; add guinea to guinea; scrape and save; and the pile of gold will gradually rise.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
Riches are oftener an impediment than a stimulus to action; and in many cases they are quite as much a misfortune as a blessing.Samuel Smiles
There are many counterfeits of character, but the genuine article is difficult to be mistaken.Samuel Smiles