Samuel Smiles


Born
in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
December 23, 1812

Died
April 16, 1904

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Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 – 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and government reformer, who campaigned on a Chartist platform. But he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His masterpiece, Self-Help (1859), promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism", and it raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight.

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Self-Help

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3.81 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 1860 — 154 editions
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Character

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The Huguenots in France

3.65 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1893 — 41 editions
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Thrift

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Happy Homes and the Hearts ...

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Lives of the Engineers: Geo...

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The Life of Thomas Telford

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Men of Invention and Industry

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The Life of George Stephenson

4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1868 — 39 editions
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Industrial Biography, Iron ...

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More books by Samuel Smiles…
“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
Samuel Smiles, Happy Homes and the Hearts That Make Them

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. ...Hope sweetens the memory of experiences well loved. It tempers our troubles to our growth and our strength. It befriends us in the dark hours, excites us in bright ones. It lends promise to the future and purpose to the past. It turns discouragement to determination.

Samuel Smiles

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, The Lives Of George And Robert Stephenson

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