"The very greatest things - great thoughts, discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Samuel Smiles on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Samuel Smiles on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Samuel Smiles on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Samuel Smiles on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Samuel Smiles on Winston Churchill
"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."