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Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there.
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Marcus Aurelius)
As it is in himself alone that man can find true and enduring happiness, so in himself alone can he find true and efficient consolation in misfortune.
- Joseph Marius von Babo
Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength; of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter much less. Self-reliance and self-denial will teach a man to drink out of his own cistern, and eat his own sweet bread, and to learn and labor truly to get his living, and carefully to expend the good things committed to his trust.
- Francis Bacon
It is seldom that we find out how great are our resources until we are thrown upon them.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
In life, as in whist, hope nothing from the way cards may be dealt to you. Play the cards, whatever they be, to the best of your skill.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
He is best served who has no occasion to put the hand of others at the end of his arms.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
Though we best know and cannot deny our imperfections, it is not for us to lose our self-reliance and true manhood.
- Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort
No man should part with his own individuality and become that of another.
- William Ellery Channing
Great is the strength of an individual soul true to its high trust; mighty is it, even to the redemption of a world.
- Mrs. Lydia Maria Child
Philosophers have very justly remarked that the only solid instruction is that which the pupil brings from his own depths; that the true instruction is not that which transmits notions wholly formed, but that which renders him capable of forming for himself good opinions. That which they have said in regard to the intellectual faculties applies equally to the moral faculties. There is for the soul a spontaneous culture, on which depends all the real progress in perfection.
- Joseph Marie de Gerando
Trust not overmuch to the blessed Magdalen; learn to protect yourself.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
If there be a faith that can remove mountains, it is faith in one's own power.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
The basis of good manners is self-reliance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin
Nine times out of ten, the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself. In all my acquaintance I never knew a man to be drowned who was worth the saving.
- James Abram Garfield
The supreme fall of falls is this,--the first doubt of one's self.
- Madame Gasparin
Forget not that the man who cannot enjoy his own natural gifts in silence, and find his reward in the exercise of them, will generally find himself badly off.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If women only knew the extent of their power!
- Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)
Our own opinion of ourselves should be lower than that formed by others, for we have a better chance at our imperfections.
- Thomas a Kempis
Humility is the part of wisdom, and is most becoming in men. But let no one discourage self-reliance; it is, of all the rest, the greatest quality of true manliness.
- Louis Kossuth
A person under the firm persuasion that he can command resources virtually has them.
- Titus Livy
It's right to trust in God; but, if you don't stand to your halliards your craft'll miss stays, and your faith'll be blown out of the bolt-ropes in the turn of a marlinspike.
- George MacDonald
Both poetry and philosophy are prodigal of eulogy over the mind which ransoms itself by its own energy from a captivity to custom, which breaks the common bounds of empire, and cuts a Simplon over mountains of difficulty for its own purposes, whether of good or of evil.
- Horace Mann
It is for little souls, that truckle under the weight of affairs, not to know how clearly to disengage themselves, and not to know how to lay them aside and take them up again.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
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