Quotes by Samuel Smiles

About Samuel Smiles:

Samuel Smiles was a Scottish author and government reformer who campaigned on a Chartist platform. But he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His masterpiece, Self-Help (1859), promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism", and it raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight.

Author Bio

  • NameSamuel Smiles
  • DescriptionScottish author
  • BornDecember 23, 1812
  • DiedApril 16, 1904
  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • ProfessionWriter