7 Jun 2011

Friday man Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles's Self-Help is said to have reflected the spirit of its age. It also proved to be a best seller - with more than a quarter of a million copies sold by the time of Smiles's death. Arguing for the importance of character, thrift and perseverance, the book also celebrates civility, independence and individuality. As such it reflects concerns and values that were central to working class efforts at self-improvement and study in the second half of the nineteenth century. < link >
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) the Scottish writer and social reformer is one of the best known figures of the Victorian era. He has been raised and slain in different decades, but fundamentally a balance of common sense, investigation, practice, and opportunity is still valid, especially for those in small boutique operations.

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