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Samuel Smiles

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. . . the family was comely and decent; but it was all home-made: it was simple, like their diet. Occasionally one of the mountain sheep was killed for purposes of food; and towards the end of the year, a cow was killed and salted down for provision during winter. The hide was tanned, and the leather furnished shoes for the family. By these and other means, this venerable clergyman reared his numerous family; not only preserving them, as he so affectingly says, "from wanting the necessaries of life," but affording them "an unstinted education, and the means of raising themselves in society."[1]

Many men, in order to advance themselves in the world, and to raise themselves in society, have "scorned delights and lived laborious days." They have lived humbly and frugally, in order to accomplish greater things. They have supported themselves by their hand labour, until they could support themselves by their head labour. Some may allege that this is not justifiable—tha. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Masterpiece !

Confidently saunters along that finest of lines where profundity meets accessibility.

S. Smiles might just have been the best non-fiction writer to have ever lived.

Always a pleasure. 5 stars.

This is the second time I read this book and again I enjoyed reading it. I took many notes from this book. I'll give some of the passages that I found very interesting ( I have many more):

"He that would thrive must first ask his wife"

"It is said, that "When poverty comes in at the door, loves flies

good but dated. good history