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A bestseller immediately after its publication in 1859, Self-Help propelled its author to fame and rapidly became one of Victorian Britain's most important statements on the allied virtues of hard work, thrift, and perseverance. Interpreted by some as a paean to personal avarice, Smiles's most celebrated book is in fact a practical and engaging tribute to the working- and ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 432 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Oxford University Press (first published 1860)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Self-Help, Samuel Smiles
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
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The whole self-help genre got its name from this book, published back in 1859. It suffers from the same flaws of the genre it defined. But these flaws may be with its readers, not with the books.

Despite constantly stressing the need for diligence, patience in enduring hardships, and any other character virtue you can think of, this book reads like an extended Rocky training montage. It's a string of biographies of high achieving people, like Newton, James Watt, Adam Smith etc, but by condensing
Enkhbat Natsagdorj
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the oldest inspirational books. I really motivated.
It focuses on our character and ourselves, not to others.

Sometimes, I re-read and take inspiration.

"Heaven helps those who help themselves"
Igor Tsinman
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Self Help" by Samuel Smiles 1812 - 1904 The United Kingdom написана больше сотни лет назад. Задолго до волны книг по самосовершенствованию. Уже этот факт выделяет "Self Help".

Книги Смайлса были популярны в России до революции. На протяжении пятнадцати лет - с 1866 года - "Саморазвитие" ("Self Help") переиздавалась семь раз, а до 1903 года дополнительно еще трижды!

В подлиннике читать тяжеловато (по крайне мере, мне было не просто). Длинные абзацы, примеры из жизни, которой я не знаю (Англия, 19
Abdullah Almuslem
هذا الكتاب كان من المفترض أن يكون ترجمة لكتاب (Self Help-Samuel Smiles ) المنشور في عام1859 م لكنني وجدت أن المقدمة التي كتبها المترجم يعقوب صروف قد حذفت من هذه النسخة. ففي الطبعات القديمة لهذا الكتاب، يصرح يعقوب صروف بأن هذا الكتاب هو كتاب للفاضل سامويل سمايلز إلا أنه أضاف بعض الفقرات لتقريب الفكرة للقارئ العربي. النسخة التي عندي والتي حصلت عليها من لبنان، لا تحتوي لهذه المقدمة ، ولذلك يخال للقارئ بأن يعقوب صروف هو مؤلف هذا الكتاب !

قرأت النسخة الأنجليزية مرتين من قبل في السابق، وأذكر الكثير من
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is somewhat a ‘Divine’ book. Samuel Smiles has written a ‘Gospel for Men’ which truly is timeless. Explaining the qualities, which are the true glories of human character. This book highlights the remarkable features in life which are “wisdom” and “humility” and above all “Perseverance”. He who has these three features shall not fail the race of life. For more a man knows the less conceited he will be is his Motto.

“Self Help”, taught me;

1. To regard time as a treasure that is
Igor Tirador
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Эта книга необходима тем кто считает что "он не способен" и ему не нравится нынешняя жизнь, для тех кому надоело терять время и кто ленив. Зацепило ? Читайте заметку до конца и получите скан (который не так легко найти (бесплатно) :)

Начал читать #Self-Help от #Samuel #Smiles. Главный тезис : гениальность = труд + решимость. В ней он приводит биографии простых людей

Тезис "Если вы будете ежедневно уделять 20 минут на такое-то дело, то можете достигнуть блестящего успеха" и десяток примеров из
Nicole Gervasio
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Basically a libertarian manifesto. Work hard, play nice, take care of your body, and don't hoard money. You'll lead a good life.
Abdulrahman  Aljutaili
ملهم جدا الكتاب بالنظر مجردا لقصص النجاح التي فيه وقد نجح المترجم ايضا بربط واضافة بعض الثقافة الاسلامية والعربية على الترجمة
Mohamed Awad
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب لـ شحذ الهمم..
Daniel Taylor
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Samuel Smiles's advice can be reduced to three words: Action! Action! Action!

He starts by addressing the mind virus that plagues many people, expecting happiness to come from government or great leaders. Smiles argues for responsibility. If you want to achieve anything worthwhile, it's up to you.

Throughout the rest of the book, he gives mini-biography after mini-biography to illustrate that regardless of where you started in life, your destination is your choice, if you're willing to work hard,
Tom Robbins
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
One of the first ever books to be fundamentally about personal development and self-improvement. It was fascinating to read about old and archaic trades and industries and the secrets behind the people who were successful in them. I couldn't believe the number of examples and stories that had been gathered for this book in just one person's lifetime. By not being able to connect with the types of jobs, industries and roles discussed you are left more able to identify the common key strengths ...more
Andreas Sekeris
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Inspirational, but long winded examples. Worth a reread.
James Santiago-Bravo
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very inspirational.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not about self-help at all, more potted histories of great men, all of whom seem to have been monotonously hard-working. I prefer my biographies a bit more balanced.
tom morris
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first few pages of this book should be required reading in order to vote.
Mike Thelen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What is your work ethic? That's all I'm going to say...
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ông tổ của dòng sách "self-help" chăng. Những bài học đạo đức được lập đi lập lại với hàng trăm ví dụ. Tóm lại là chăm chỉ, kiên trì, quyết tâm, thanh liêm, tử tế và sống có mục đích thì dù khổ mấy thì khổ, gian nan mấy thì gian nan, bạn ắt thành công.
Hic, mà đọc mệt phết. Cảm giác dài lê thê.
Jun 02, 2017 marked it as to-keep-reference
Lo cita Hobsbawm en La era del capital para describir el clima de época. Entiendo que es el abuelo de los libros de autoayuda. Algo así como: si querés progresar no busques que nadie te ayude, te tenés que ayudar a vos mismo: callándote la boca y trabajando mucho.
Duong Huong
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Một cuốn sách thuộc thể loại Self-help thời kì đầu. Một cuốn sách dạy cho bạn về tinh thần tự học, tự cải thiện không ngừng qua những tấm gương nổi bật trong lịch sử. Phù hợp với những ai mong muốn thử thách và lựa chọn việc tự học cả đời.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب رائع وفريد في بابه, ويقدم نصائح غاية في القيمة!
Pujo Purnomo
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Salah satu buku yang paling berpengaruh pada awal Zaman Restorasi Meiji. Bapak Pendidikan Jepang Fukuzawa Yukichi, para pemikir dan intelektual muda Zaman Meiji banyak terinspirasi dari buku ini. Kalimat pengantar "Tuhan tidak akan menolong orang yang tidak menolong dirinya sendiri" menginspirasikan sebuah karakter "kemandirian" dan "perjuangan tanpa kenal menyerah" baik sebagai manusia maupun "bangsa".
Ronjoy Brahma
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Өөртөө туслах ухаан. Ойлгоход амар гоё ч ном.
Michael Satoh
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self Help (1859) by Samuel Smiles
Anwen Garston
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Lots of historical illustrations, some which were more interesting than others.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
I heard that this is the most widely read book in the history of Japan. Now I know why they commit seppuku.
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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 ...more
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“Many are the lives of men unwritten, which have nevertheless as powerfully influenced civilization and progress as the more fortunate Great whose names are recorded in biography. Even the humblest person, who sets before his fellows an example of industry, sobriety, and upright honesty of purpose in life, has a present as well as a future influence upon the well-being of his country; for his life and character pass unconsciously into the lives of others, and propagate good example for all time to come.” 6 likes
“Riches and rank have no necessary connection with genuine gentlemanly qualities. The poor man with rich spirit is in all ways superior to the rich man with a poor spirit. To borrow St. Paul's words, the former is as "having nothing, yet possessing all things," while the other, though possessing all things has nothing. Only the poor in spirit are really poor. He who has lost all, but retains his courage, cheerfulness, hope, virtue, and self respect, is still rich.” 3 likes
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