"Hope... is the companion of power, and the mother of success for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Samuel Smiles on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Samuel Smiles on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Samuel Smiles on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Samuel Smiles on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Samuel Smiles on Booker T. Washington
"Progress however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step."
"Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only."
"The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom."
"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."
"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."