64+ Best Self Reliance Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Self-Reliance” is an 1841 essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s recurrent themes: the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his own instincts and ideas. Profoundly inspirational self reliance quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Self Reliance Quotes

The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat. — Brigham Young

The comrades throughout the Party must take all this fully into account and be prepared to overcome all difficulties with an indomitable will and in a planned way. The reactionary forces and we both have difficulties. But the difficulties of the reactionary forces are insurmountable because they are forces on the verge of death and have no future. Our difficulties can be overcome because we are new and rising forces and have a bright future. — Mao Zedong

What is work? Work is struggle. There are difficulties and problems in those places for us to overcome and solve. We go there to work and struggle to overcome these difficulties. A good comrade is one who is more eager to go where the difficulties are greater. — Mao Zedong

If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn’t it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived? — Maya Angelou

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is always a better way. — Thomas A. Edison

My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to seserve that you should. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chance never helps those who do not help themselves. — Sophocles

If we live truly, we shall see truly. It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. — Henry David Thoreau

Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits. Each day we must strive for constant and never ending improvement. — Tony Robbins

Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God on the earth will be combined together at Christ’s coming – and that time is not far distant. How I wish we could get the vision of this work, the genius of it, and realize the nearness of that great event. I am sure it would have a sobering effect upon us if we realized what is before us. — Gordon B. Hinckley

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whence, then, this worship of the past? The centuries are conspirators against the sanity and authority of the soul. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we really get into hard times, where food is scarce or there is none at all, and so with clothing and shelter, money may be no good for there may be nothing to buy, and you cannot eat money, you cannot get enough of it together to burn to keep you warm, and you cannot wear it. — J. Reuben Clark

Help yourself, and Heaven will help you. — Jean de La Fontaine

One has to discover everything for oneself. And get over it all alone. — Tove Jansson

The only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong is what is against it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. — Henry David Thoreau

Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance? — Abdul Kalam

My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success. — Albert Einstein

Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdom which cannot help itself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The virtue in most request is conformity. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His Servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times. Have we heeded His counsel? — Ezra Taft Benson

I do not wish to please him; I wish that he should wish to please me. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing. — Meryl Streep

All science has one aim, namely, to find a theory of nature. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man must consider what a blindman’s-buff is this game of conformity. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is, that it scatters your force. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing. — Michel de Montaigne

You can’t get old without living. — Jim Brown

The best help that benevolence and philanthropy can give is that which induces everybody to help himself. — Calvin Coolidge

though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A secure individual…knows that the responsibility for anything concerning his life remains with himself-and he accepts that responsibility. — Harry Browne

In most books, the I, of first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. — Henry David Thoreau

No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Virtues are, in the popular estimate, rather the exception than the rule. There is the man and his virtues. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories and criticism. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only a weak person needed someone else around all the time. — Sarah Dessen

How on the face of the earth could a man enjoy his religion, when he had been told by the Lord how to prepare for a day of famine, when, instead of doing so, he had fooled away that which would have sustained him and his family. — George A. Smith

Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance — Lisa Murkowski

The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure, that it is profane to seek to interpose helps. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poverty breeds lack of self-reliance — Daniel De Leon

To have a friendship with God, all I really have to do is have a friendship with my Self. — Neale Donald Walsch

But do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great test of life is to see whether we will hearken to and obey God’s commands in the midst of the storms of life. — Henry B. Eyring

It’s so important to believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, and then pretty soon you get it. — Wally Amos

There are no fixtures in nature. The universe is fluid and volatile. Permanence is but a word of degrees. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a poem, – a thought so passionate and alive that like the spirit of a plant or an animal it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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