Self Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct
An early Victorian self-help book for ordinary people - Smiles combines Victorian morality with sound free market ideas into moral tales showing the benefits of thrift, hard work, education, perseverance, and a sound moral character. He drew upon the personal success stories of the emerging self-made millionaires in the pottery industry (Josiah Wedgwood), the railway industry (Watt and Stephenson), and the weaving industry (Jacquard) to make his point that the benefits of the market were open to anyone.
Self Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863).
The text is in the public domain.
- Author: Samuel Smiles
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Table of Contents
- Chapter I: SELF-HELP,—NATIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL.
- Chapter II: LEADERS OF INDUSTRY,—INVENTORS AND PRODUCERS.
- Chapter III: APPLICATION AND PERSEVERANCE.
- Chapter IV: HELPS AND OPPORTUNITIES—SCIENTIFIC PURSUITS.
- Chapter V: WORKERS IN ART.
- Chapter VI: INDUSTRY AND THE ENGLISH PEERAGE.
- CHAPTER VII: ENERGY AND COURAGE.
- Chapter VIII: BUSINESS QUALITIES.
- Chapter IX: MONEY,—USE AND ABUSE.
- Chapter X: SELF-CULTURE.
- Chapter XI: FACILITIES AND DIFFICULTIES.
- Chapter XII: EXAMPLE,—MODELS.
- Chapter XIII: CHARACTER.—THE TRUE GENTLEMAN.