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The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest
by Samuel Smiles

The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest
of men have had to serve.
- Samuel Smiles

He who never made a mistake,
never made a discovery.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine
growth in the individual.
- Samuel Smiles

 

Hope...
is the companion of power, and the mother of success;
for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.
- Samuel Smiles

The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense
involves the helping of one's neighbors.
- Samuel Smiles

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession
of individual men by travelling the old road of observation,
attention, perseverance, and industry.
- Samuel Smiles


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Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will
always find opportunities enough;
and if they do not find them,
they will make them.
- Samuel Smiles

Enthusiasm...
the sustaining power of all great action.
- Samuel Smiles

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry,
lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine,
but lost time is gone forever.
- Samuel Smiles

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

Man cannot aspire if he looked down;
if he rise,
he must look up.
- Samuel Smiles

The wise man...
if he would live at peace with others,
he will bear and forbear.
- Samuel Smiles

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality;
our desires being often but precursors of the things
which we are capable of performing.
- Samuel Smiles

Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession -
a property entirely our own.
- Samuel Smiles

The work of many of the greatest men,
inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty.
They have struggled against the tide,
and reached the shore exhausted.
- Samuel Smiles

Men must necessarily be the active agents of their
own well-being and well-doing they themselves must
in the very nature of things be their own best helpers.
- Samuel Smiles

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
- Samuel Smiles

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it,
casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
- Samuel Smiles

The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.
- Samuel Smiles

Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price
set upon everything which is valuable.
- Samuel Smiles

Progress, 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.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

It is energy - the central element of which is will -
that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages.
Everywhere it is what is called force of character
and the sustaining power of all great action.
- Samuel Smiles

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.
- Samuel Smiles

The battle of life is, in most cases,
fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were
perhaps to win it without honor.
If there were no difficulties there would be no success;
if there were nothing to struggle for,
there would be nothing to be achieved.
- Samuel Smiles

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz.
You teach the young ones.
So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable,
they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
- Dave Van Ronk

A man is either free or he is not.
There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
- Amiri Baraka

The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized
the apprenticeship of a writer.
- Russell Banks

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as
a writer of fiction by writing all those songs.
I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I had always said to myself that forty was the cut
off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people
sound like a very long one,
but the novel as art is a middle-aged art.
- Jane Rule

A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success.
The only alternative is overnight stardom,
but I can't give you a formula for that.
- Chet Atkins

If you have real passion for a career in game shows,
be willing to serve an apprenticeship;
it's the best way to learn.
- Randy West

War - hard apprenticeship of freedom.
- Edward Everett Hale

I've been working for many years and I think I've managed
to work with some of the best people in the business,
which has been rewarding and an apprenticeship.
- Aaron Eckhart

Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
- Helen Dunmore

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist
might training for an orchestra.
- Anne Rice

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do
for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
- Irwin Shaw

Most people won't realize that writing is a craft.
You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
- Katherine Anne Porter

We're like old people now playing music.
I'm so glad we stuck it out because it's a lot better.
I used to feel kind of anxious.
Now our apprenticeship is over.
- Thurston Moore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- Epictetus

Facing a difficulty requires a willingness of heart.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

Difficulties show men what they are.
In case of any difficulty,
remember that God has pitted you
against a rough antagonist
that you may be a conqueror,
and this cannot be without toil.
- Epictetus

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
- Edward R. Murrow

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality,
but must live with a character.
- Peter De Vries

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
- Epicurus

The difficulty is capturing surprise on film.
- F. Murray Abraham

I am, really, a great writer; my only difficulty is
in finding great readers.
- Frank Harris

Everyone has talent at twenty-five.
The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
- Edgar Degas

The best way out of a difficulty is through it.
- Will Rogers

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty.
When I am honest I never feel stupid.
And when I am honest I am automatically humble.
- Hugh Prather

Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense.
It is perhaps not like other modern gardens,
but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

In that sense, film is superior, but the difficulty
is your lack of control as a writer.
- Terry Southern

The chief difficulty which prevents men of science
from believing in divine as well as in nature Spirits is their materialism.
- H. P. Blavatsky

I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life,
but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely
avoid a high degree of difficulty.
- Barbara Kruger

What we're seeing early on is Democrats rallying around Al Gore,
Republicans rallying around George Bush and the difficulty
of anybody else to get any room in the race.
- Stuart Rothenberg

Now the difficulty with those warnings is that they were not specific.
- Lee H. Hamilton

A major difficulty is that the answer to the Riddle
of the Sphinx is partly a product of the answers that
we already have given to the riddle in its various forms.
- Gregory Bateson

It's often difficult for us to act compassionately,
but sacred art eases the difficulty by ennobling us.
- Huston Smith

The difficulty with this conversation is that it's
very different from most of the ones I've had of late.
Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
- Douglas Adams

Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
- Niels Bohr

I really worked to try and be creative enough on the
guitar parts so those who aren't real educated would
know that there was some difficulty in doing it.
- Brad Paisley


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