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SELF-RELIANCE
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[ Also see Confidence Dependence Independence Prayer Responsibility Singularity ]

Men on all occasions throw themselves upon foreign assistances to spare their own, which are the only certain and sufficient ones with which they can arm themselves.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

I have ever held it as a maxim never to do that through another which it was possible for me to execute myself.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Opposition is what we want and must have to be good for anything. Hardship is the native soil of manhood and self-reliance.
      - John Neal

Time and I against any two.
      - Philip II,
        a Spanish proverb, also attributed to Baltasar Gracian

Do thine own work, and know thyself.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

For the man who makes everything that leads to happiness, or near to it, to depend upon himself, and not upon other men, on whose good or evil actions his own doings are compelled to hinge,--such a one, I say, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation; this is the man of manly character and of wisdom.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

It is at the approach of extreme danger when a hollow puppet can accomplish nothing, that power falls into the mighty hands of nature, of the spirit giant-born, who listens only to himself, and knows nothing of compacts.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Watch over yourself. Be your own accuser, then your judge; ask yourself grace sometimes, and, if there is need, impose upon yourself some pain.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is impossible you should take true root but by the fair weather that you make yourself; it is needful that you frame the season for your own harvest.
      - William Shakespeare

Confidence in one's self is the chief nurse of magnanimity, which confidence, notwithstanding, doth not leave the care of necessary furniture for it; and therefore, of all the Grecians, Homer doth ever make Achilles the best armed.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

We must calculate not on the weather, nor on fortune, but upon God and ourselves. He may fail us in the gratification of our wishes, but never in the encounter with our exigencies.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Help from without is often enfeebling in its effects, but help from within invariably invigorates.
      - Samuel Smiles

Thoroughly to believe in one's own self, so one's self were thorough, were to do great things.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck; and woe be to the coward! Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play, and admits no foolish distinctions. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.
      - Henry David Thoreau

For they can conquer who believe they can.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Providence has done, and I am persuaded is disposed to do, a great deal for us; but we are not to forget the fable of Jupiter and the countryman.
      - George Washington

The human mind, in proportion as it is deprived of external resources, sedulously labors to find within itself the means of happiness, learns to rely with confidence on its own exertions, and gains with greater certainty the power of being happy.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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