Self Help

With Illustrations of Conduct and Perserverance

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Author: Samuel Smiles
Published: 1875
Language: English
Wordcount: 136,461 / 397 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.3
LoC Category: BD
Downloads: 27,627 6485
Genres: Non-fiction, Essays

calling. He was working as a tailor's apprentice near Bonchurch, in the Isle of Wight, when the news flew through the village that a squadron of men-of-war was sailing off the island. He sprang from the shopboard, and ran down with his comrades to the beach, to gaze upon the glorious sight. The boy was suddenly inflamed with the ambition to be a sailor; and springing into a boat, he rowed off to the squadron, gained the admiral's ship, and was accepted as a volunteer. Years after, he returned to his native village full of honours, and dined off bacon and eggs in the cottage where he had worked as an apprentice. But the greatest tailor of all is unquestionably Andrew Johnson, the present President of the United States--a man of extraordinary force of character and vigour of intellect. In his great speech at Washington, when describing himself as having begun his political career as an alderman, and run through all the branches of the legislature, a voice in the crowd cried, "From a tailor up." It was ch


Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****
Faisal AL-Taie

It is 09:32 am in Baghdad When I just found the Self Help of Samuel Smiles, I am very happy, I am gonna read it continuosly.

This is one of the best inspirational book i have ever read, it is full of wisdom and instructions about life.


This is a really interesting book - it had such a profound effect on its intended audience at the time and still influences contemporary politics. For all that, it's surprisingly easy reading!

I spent an extrememly unproductive day in the University library yesterday looking for their one copy of this. Thank you do much for enabling me to complete my essay :)

John Hompot

It is 9.29pm Australian time, Thursday 30th September, 2004 and I have just found this title which I have been looking for for some years. I have heard some great things about Self Help by Samuel Smiles and now I am looking forward to reading it for myself.

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