Frases de Samuel Smiles
Data de nascimento: 23. Dezembro 1812
Data de falecimento: 16. Abril 1904
Samuel Smiles foi um escritor e um reformador britânico. Smiles é conhecido sobretudo por ter escrito livros que exaltam as virtudes da autoajuda e biografias enaltecendo os feitos de engenheiros heróicos. Ele selecionou os tópicos das suas biografias como modo de enfatizar as suas teses da autoajuda. Estas obras são um vivo exemplo dos valores da sociedade Vitoriana para o leitor de hoje.
Citações 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.
„Whilst writing all this, I have had in my mind a woman, whose strong and serious mind would not have failed to support me in these contentions. I lost her thirty years ago [I was a child then]--nevertheless, ever living in my memory, she follows me from age to age.
She suffered with me in my poverty, and was not allowed to share my better fortune. When young, I made her sad, and now I cannot console her. I know not even where her bones are: I was too poor then to buy earth to bury her!
And yet I owe her much. I feel deeply that I am the son of woman. Every instant, in my ideas and words [not to mention my features and gestures], I find again my mother in myself. It is my mother's blood which gives me the sympathy I feel for bygone ages, and the tender remembrance of all those who are now no more.
What return then could I, who am myself advancing towards old age, make her for the many things I owe her? One, for which she would have thanked me--this protest in favour of women and mothers.“
— Samuel Smiles, Character
„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.“
— Samuel Smiles, Self Help; With Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance