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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“I’d rather die my way than live yours.”
Lauren Oliver, Deliriumself reliance quotes
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Complete Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
Socrates – Self Reliance Quotes

“Being your own light ensures that you will never need another to pull you out of darkness again.”
Gary Hopkins

“Self-education is self-empowerment.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

“It is only just that anything that grows up on its own should feel it has nothing to repay for an upbringing which it owes no one.”
Plato, The Republic

“One gift I think is a great one is a gift for self-entertainment.”
Marty Rubin

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“Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”
Mae West, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“Healing ultimately comes down to whether or not you have made the decision to do so.”
Gary Hopkins

“Find your niche and occupy it.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“When you bury your head in the sand you leave your backside exposed to those who seek to take advantage.”
Gary Hopkins – Self Reliance Quotes

“The profound paradox is that the great man became more confident in his approach to others, including the man of his own Cabinet, but he recognized that his major confidence was not himself but in Another.”
Elton Trueblood, Abraham Lincoln: Lessons in Spiritual Leadership

self reliance quotes
“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”
Janis Joplin

“Only a weak person needed someone else around all the time.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

“May your soul revive, rekindle and rejoice.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Engrave on your heart; love, hope and faith.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“You are the one who takes care of you, I tell myself.”
Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin: A Memoir

self reliance quotes
“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”
Carlos Castaneda

“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone.”
Katharine Hepburn – Self Reliance Quotes

“You can’t trust other people. If it’s important, you have to do it yourself.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“Those who are weak in spirit, desire to make others weaker. While the strong spirit, desire to empower others to be stronger.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Each day, write a thankful note.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

quotes about self reliance
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson on Self Reliance

“The certainty within our spirit made the dream reality.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“We must endeavor to be whole, whether in or out of a relationship, basing happiness on our own internal resources rather than relying on someone else to full the perceived gaps in our lives.”
Shane Eric Mathias, The Happiness Tree: Grow Your Happiness by Cultivating a Healthy, Creative and Purposeful Life

“Life is full of limitless opportunities. You ought to seek them.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Governments have absolutely no interest in self-reliance. It defeats one of the purposes for their existence. They encourage and thrive on dependency. The more of it they sell, the more necessary they are, and the more power and money they need.”
Dan Groat, A Punctual Paymaster

quotes about self reliance
“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.”
David Gemmell, Fall of Kings

“You are constantly invited to be what you are.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He was a pitiful thing. He had always been a pitiful thing. Why had she never seen that before? There was a hollow place inside her where her fear had been.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Furthermore, I preferred to only have cravings I could satisfy without the requirement or assistance of another person. This was, after all, the definition of self-reliance.”
Penny Reid, Neanderthal Seeks Human

quotes about self reliance
“You don’t have to worry about burning bridges, if you’re building your own.”
Kerry E. Wagner – Self Reliance Quotes

“The proverb warns that, ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”
Thomas Szasz

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

“The only way to know is to learn, relearn and unlearn.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“You can only depend on one person and that is you.”
Debasish Mridha

“If you make time for the nonsense, good or bad, it will continue to seek you out.”
Gary Hopkins

“Knowledge of thyself is the greatest enlightenment.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“The path is undefined. You have to define and walk in your own path.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

quotes about self reliance
“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”
Susan B. Anthony

“There are some who want to get married and others who don’t. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.”
Greta Garbo, Greta and Cecil

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“It is not through fighting the opposition that will win you dignity. It is when you fight the fear in yourself that asks you why you don’t feel you have it, regardless if you win or lose.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Trusting yourself means you dare walk alone.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

quotes about self reliance
“In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.”
Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood

“I don’t need anyone to hold me, I can hold my own.”
Ani DiFranco

“Sure, it sucked to be lost, but I’d long ago realized I preferred it to depending on anyone else to get me where I needed to go. That was the thing about being alone, in theory or in principle. Whatever happened- good, bad, or anywhere in between- it was always, if nothing else, all your own.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

“Wealth isn’t about money. It’s about options…and you always have options. Choose wisely. Live wealthy.”
Richie Norton – Self Reliance Quotes

“Don’t let anyone tell your story. Pick up a pen and write your own.”
Majid Kazmi

“Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them.”
Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

“With great enthusiasm and determination you will master the art in your field.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Life is a great adventure.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

quotes about self reliance
“Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.”
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

“If I follow the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married.”
Elizabeth I, Collected Works

“No God, no messiah, no prophet can grant your wishes – it is only through your own efforts that you can make your wishes come true – it is only you who can grant your own wishes.”
Abhijit Naskar, Rowdy Buddha: The First Sapiens

“I seen women take this kind a’ help from a man with a look a’ relief on their faces. I wondered if these women knew how much easier their lives would be if they did all this stuff for themselves.”
Beth Lewis, The Wolf Road

quotes about self reliance
“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.”
Epicurus

“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading. It vexes me to choose another guide.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.”
Abraham Lincoln – Self Reliance Quotes

“With the rise of self- awareness, all separatisms cease to exist – all delusions cease to exist.”
Abhijit Naskar, Rowdy Buddha: The First Sapiens

“Stop being the sheep and become the lion my friend!”
Abhijit Naskar, Rowdy Buddha: The First Sapiens

“May my soul radiate light and love.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“With positive outlook life will always be beautiful.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Be thankful that you have clothes to wear, food to eat and a place to sleep.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

quotes about self reliance
“Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone.
Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.”
Thomas Davidson

“Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Remember, this is important: Never trust that you will be saved by anyone.”
Amanda Boyden, Pretty Little Dirty

“Powerlessness is such a lure, such a poisonous lure.”
Carolyn Ives Gilman, Halfway Human

“The Human Self is the only friend and savior to all humanity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Rowdy Buddha: The First Sapiens

“I am only one. The best person I can possibly be.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“The happiness you seek can be found within yourself.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Happiness is not in the absence of challenges but the choice to dwell on infinite hope.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

quotes about self reliance
“Love unconditionally, but rely only on yourself.”
Marty Rubin

“She must protect herself. There would be no one to do it for her. A plan started to prick up its ears inside her, slowly, but getting stronger.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”
Ronald Reagan – Self Reliance Quotes

“Live a life that you do not need to take a vacation from. Live in a way that makes yearly resolutions unnecessary. Make the kind of choices that leave you Happy and Healthy… where all of your needs are satisfied. Live a life where your only ‘wants’ are for others to feel as good as you do.”
Gary Hopkins

“Your self-reliance, self-appraisal and self- perception depends on how successful you are at knowing who God has created you to become.”
Sunday Adelaja

“With perseverance and endurance you can survive any storm.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Nobody can bring you a change. You have to want to change.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“The greatest thing to conquer is self.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

quotes about self reliance
“She was looking for something I could never give her.” Again his dark eyes bored into Julia’s mind. “You have something of the same about you, young woman. Take my advice: Don’t think you will find it in another person. You won’t. It’s not there. You must find it in yourself.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

“You think intelligence and grit can succeed by themselves, but I’m telling you that’s a pretty illusion.”
Nancy Kress, Steal Across the Sky

“I believe in free will. I think we make our own decisions and carry out or own actions. And our actions have consequences. The world is what we make it. But I think sometimes we can ask God to help us and He will.”
Michael Grant, Gone

“Most survivors are cope-aholics, people who cope with whatever is thrown at them without reliance on others. They do not seek sympathy for their pain and feel undeserving if it is offered. They are especially adverse to sympathy from others.”
Renee Fredrickson, Repressed Memories: A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse

“Self- reliance is the greatest of all virtues my friend.”
Abhijit Naskar, Rowdy Buddha: The First Sapiens

“Never compete with any man but yourself. Seek to develop yourself.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Keep your problems to yourself, if its too much for you, kill it slowly till it disappears from your life.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“You must love and respect yourself enough to never be a victim under any circumstance.”
Gary Hopkins – Self Reliance Quotes

quotes about self reliance
“Self-education is lifelong curiosity.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-contained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no colour from the outer world.”
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret

“Life doesn’t run away from nobody. Life runs at people.”
Joe Frazier

“Don’t look for happiness. You have to be your happiness, nothing and no one else.”
Marty Rubin

“Insecurity is the lack of trust in your abilities and worth. When you enter into a secured state of consciousness, everything that helped boost your confidence will return.”
Itohan Eghide, Master of Maxims

“He is a fool who will descend into a well on another man’s rope.”
Louis L’Amour, The Walking Drum

“Courage, self-reliance and decisiveness are the main traits that define a man.”
Ogwo David Emenike

“Somewhere in this latest humiliation there was a lesson in self-reliance. He’d failed so completely that he’d become his own man again.”
Stewart O’Nan, West of Sunset

quotes about self reliance
“Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me, or reject; and on his word, or as his second, be he who he may, I can accept nothing.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Portable Emerson

“Some people hate people who are overconfident, only because their overconfidence reminds them of their under confidence.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The Open Road goes to the used-car lot.”
Louis Simpson, People Live Here: Selected Poems 1948-1983

“It’s fun to take a pile of raw materials and make something out of them. The more demanding the work, the greater the satisfaction.”
Louise Dickinson Rich, We Took to the Woods

“Play an active role in your life and your future, by not relying on others, but instead relying on yourself. Realize your choices and start making decisions that serve you now and for the future. Empower yourself.”
Akiroq Brost – Self Reliance Quotes

“The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Think and imagine the possibilities of your heart’s desires. You will attract them to you.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“We don’t permit anyone to tell us our business, nor do we wish to tell anyone his. The same goes for moral outlooks. Don’t tread on us and we won’t on you. We’re a tolerant, liberty-loving bunch, we Wolfes.”
James Carlos Blake, The House of Wolfe: A Border Noir

quotes about self reliance
“What’s the most difficult thing you can do? Live simply. ‘Cause in order to be self-sufficient, you got to get well near everybody else to work for you.”
M.C. Humphreys

“God gives you everything you need. You just have to look around for it, and it will be there.”
John Kramer, Blythe

“You can think of a lot of things to make out of nothing, if you have to.”
Louise Dickinson Rich, We Took to the Woods

“Confidence of a dedicated person, seems to be over-confidence to ordinary masses.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Film Testament

“A responsible citizen of any society desires no sure paths, just reachable pegs. I need no sure paths; shaky stepping-stones, and perilous pegs will do, for you do not know my way.”
Garry Fitchett

“The idolatry the exists in a man’s heart always wants to lead him away from his Savior and back to self-reliance no matter how pitiful that self-reliance is or how many times it has betrayed him.”
Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

“The time when you should most of all withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.”
Epicurus – Self Reliance Quotes

“You can love people, and you can befriend them, but the only person you can ever one hundred percent depend on is yourself.”
Trisha Leigh, Winter Omens

quotes about self reliance
“Doubt not the self O lion-heart, for those who call you crazy will one day worship you.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Film Testament

“That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

“It was why no sane cat allowed kits to come anywhere near human beings. Humans seemed to feel that it was perfectly acceptable to teach kits to accept food from their hands as a matter of course, rather than teaching them the importance of hunting skill and self-reliance.”
Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut’s Windlass

“In life it takes personal courage and inner strength to ask for help.”
Donavan Nelson Butler, Master Sergeant US Army

“No Moses, Buddha, Christ, Mohammed, Nanak, Plato, Socrates or Naskar can give you liberty. No Bible, Vedas, Quran, Republic, Meditations, Analects or Principia Humanitas can give you liberty. You need to get it yourself, or else it’s not true liberty.”
Abhijit Naskar, A Push in Perception

“You cannot sculpt a piece into a Player. A Player must mold himself out of fortitude and conviction.”
Melissa McPhail, Kingdom Blades

“Chances are no matter how bad your troubles seem to be, someone somewhere, with less resilience, has successfully conquered a more severe version of your problems.”
Gary Hopkins – Self Reliance Quotes

“Standing up for yourself is about more than flinging barbed-wire insults around. Its about picking your battles, knowing when to fight, knowing exactly what and who is worth fighting for.”
Paula Stokes, The Art of Lainey

“If you lead me astray, then my wanderings will bring me to my destination.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

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