Quotes About Self Reliance

Quotes tagged as "self-reliance" (showing 1-30 of 202)
Maya Angelou
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

Charlotte Brontë
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

Lauren Oliver
“I'd rather die my way than live yours.”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Lao Tzu
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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

Jodi Picoult
“It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. I knew what happened when you let yourself get close to someone, when you started to believe they loved you: you'd be disappointed. Depend on someone, and you might as well admit you're going to be crushed, because when you really needed them, they wouldn't be there. Either that, or you'd confide in them and you added to their problems. All you ever really had was yourself, and that sort of sucked if you were less than reliable.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Bob Marley
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
Bob Marley

Walt Whitman
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Socrates
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
Socrates

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

Dr. Seuss
“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!

Eve Ensler
“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”
Eve Ensler

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

Michael Bassey Johnson
“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

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

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

Katharine Hepburn
“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

Carlos Castaneda
“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

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

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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

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

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

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

“you don't have to worry about burning bridges, if you're building your own”
Kerry E. Wagner

Hugo Hamilton
“Maybe your country is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it's not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you've been to. I'm not afraid of being homesick and having no language to live in. I don't have to be like anyone else. I'm walking on the wall and nobody can stop me.”
Hugo Hamilton, The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood

Thomas Szasz
“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

Pandora Poikilos
“We are so accustomed to the comforts of "I cannot", "I do not want to" and "it is too difficult" that we forget to realize when we stop doing things for ourselves and expect others to dance around us, we are not achieving greatness. We have made ourselves weak.”
Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

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

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