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Samuel Smiles
1812 - 1904

British doctor, parliamentary reformer, columnist, newspaper editor, and railway executive. Author of Self Help (1859) and several biographies of successful men including Josiah Wedgwood (1894).

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.

1859 - from Self Help