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Samuel Smiles

Geburtstag: 23. Dezember 1812
Todesdatum: 16. April 1904

Samuel Smiles war ein schottischer Schriftsteller und Reformer.

Photo: George Reid / Public domain

Zitate Samuel Smiles

„Der kürzeste Weg, um vieles zu erledigen, ist, immer nur eine Sache zu machen.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Selbsthilfe
"Method," said Cecil (afterwards Lord Burleigh), "is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one." Cecil's dispatch of business was extraordinary, his maxim being, "The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once;" - Self-Help. Revised and enlarged edition. Boston 1861 p.260 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=P5EWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA260&dq=cecil. Nach der „new edition“ London 1868 p.271 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=WrQGd8vis98C&pg=PA271&dq=reverendsoll es sich um Reverend Richard Cecil [1748–1810] handeln.

„Alles gelingt, was man mit rechtem Eifer angreift.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Charakter

„Der Kampf ist die Vorbedingung des Sieges.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Charakter
Original engl.: "It is the struggle that is the condition of victory." - Character. J. Murray, 1876. p. 350.

„Die Gewalt besitzt nicht halb so viel Macht wie die Milde.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Charakter

„Es heißt nicht sterben, lebt man in den Herzen der Menschen fort, die man verlassen muss.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Der Charakter 3
Original engl.: "To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die." - Character. J. Murray, 1876. p. 86.

„Teilnahme ist der goldene Schlüssel, der die Herzen anderer öffnet.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Charakter)
Original engl.: "Sympathy is the golden key that unlocks the hearts of others." - Character. J. Murray, 1876. p. 237.

„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

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. I : Self-Help — National and Individual

„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

Saying published anonymously in The Dayspring, Vol. 10 (1881) by the Unitarian Sunday-School Society, and quoted in Life and Labor (1887) by Smiles; this is most often attributed to George Dana Boardman, at least as early as 1884, but also sometimes attributed to William Makepeace Thackeray as early as 1891, probably because in in Life and Labor Smiles adds a quote by Thackeray right after this one, to Charles Reade in 1903, and to William James as early as 1906, because it appears in his Principles of Psychology (1890).
Misattributed
Quelle: Happy Homes and the Hearts That Make Them

„Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. XIII : Character — The True Gentleman
Kontext: Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side. Dr. Johnson has said that the habit of looking at the best side of a thing is worth more to a man than a thousand pounds a year. And we possess the power, to a great extent, of so exercising the will as to direct the thoughts upon objects calculated to yield happiness and improvement rather than their opposites.

„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

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. XI : Self-Culture — Facilities and Difficulties.
Quelle: The Lives Of George And Robert Stephenson
Kontext: 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.

„No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. I : Self-Help — National and Individual

„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

As quoted in Samuel Smiles and the Victorian Work Ethic (1987) by Timothy Travers, p. 162.

„Good actions give strength to ourselves, and inspire good actions in others.“

—  Samuel Smiles

Duty: With Illustrations of Courage, Patience, and Endurance (1880), Ch. 2, p. 49

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