125 Self Reliance Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of self reliance quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about self sufficient.

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The Most Famous Self Reliance Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Every form of true education trains the student in self-reliance — John Henrik Clarke

Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth . — Epicurus

Self-sufficiency is both a good and an absolute good. — Aristotle

Freedom is the greatest fruit of self sufficiency. — Epicurus

Happiness belongs to the self sufficient. — Aristotle

Most happy is he who is entirely self-reliant, and who centers all his requirements in himself alone. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

We become converted and spiritually self-reliant as we prayerfully live our covenants-through worthily partaking of the sacrament, being worthy of a temple recommend, and sacrificing to serve others. — Robert D. Hales

There is but one reliance. — Martin Van Buren

Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate. — Bruce Lee

Depend on yourself; you won't be let down. — Madhuri Dixit

Short Self Reliance Quotes

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  • Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree - they bear no fruit. — Francis Marion
  • The wolf has a thick neck because he does his job on his own. — Bulgarian Proverbs
  • If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. — English Proverbs
  • If you don’t help yourself, even God cannot help you. — Bulgarian Proverbs
  • The world has not promised anything to anybody. — Moroccan Proverbs
  • My back can only be scratched with my own fingernails. — Moroccan Proverbs
  • Once you carry your own water, you’ll remember every drop. — African Proverbs
  • It’s best to keep your troubles pretty much to yourself. — American Proverbs
  • What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Paddle your own canoe. — American Proverbs
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Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your peace of mind, self respect, values, morals and self worth.

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India is an Old country but a young nation…I am young and I too have a dream, I dream of India Strong, Independent, Self-Reliant and in the front rank of the nations of the world, in the service of mankind. — Rajiv Gandhi

Cell phones have changed us from a nation of self-reliant pioneer types into a bunch of men standing alone in supermarkets saying, ‘Okay, I’m in the tampon aisle, but I don’t see it.' — John Gierach

I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a better way to do things than locking children up all day in cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families, mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to be independent and self-reliant and free. — John Taylor Gatto

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We are what we believe we are.

He (the Shaman) is a self-reliant explorer of the endless mansions of a magnificent hidden universe. — Michael Harner

If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream. — Edward Abbey

I'll be honest with you. I'm a little bit of a loner. It's been a big part of my maturing process to learn to allow people to support me. I tend to be very self-reliant and private. And I have this history of wanting to work things out on my own and protect people from what's going on with me. — Kerry Washington

How can we give if there is nothing there?... Support and understanding cannot come from the emotionally starved. Teaching cannot come from the unlearned. And most important of all, spiritual guidance cannot come from the spiritually weak. — Marion G. Romney

Education must prepare students to be independent, self-reliant human beings. But education, at its best, also must help students go beyond their private interests, gain a more integrative view of knowledge, and relate their learning to the realities of life. — Ernest L. Boyer

Don't be disquieted in time of adversity. Be firm with dignity and self-reliant with vigor. — Chiang Kai-shek

Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations. — John Dewey

Self Sufficient Quotes

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Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity which is derived from a sense of independence. — Maria Montessori

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that. — Mother Teresa

Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment... the values that self-actualizers appreciate include truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency. — Abraham Maslow

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. — Michel de Montaigne

All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones. — Melinda Gates

The self-sufficient does not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life. — Leonard Ravenhill

Many of my movies have strong female leads - brave, self-sufficient girls that don't think twice about fighting for what they believe in with all their heart. They'll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man. — Hayao Miyazaki

Children who get everything they ask for seldom succeed in life. — Filipino Proverbs

The wolf is fed by its legs. — Russian Proverbs

Here’s a bumper sticker I’d like to see: “We are the proud parents of a child who’s self-esteem is sufficient that he doesn’t need us promoting his minor scholastic achievements on the back of our car." — George Carlin

Self Independent Quotes

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Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich

To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one's faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction. — Randa Abdel-Fattah

The war...must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks...unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence,and that, or extermination, we WILL have. — Jefferson Davis

The view that women are infantile and emotional creatures, and as such, incapable of responsibility and independence is the work of the masculine tendency to lower women's self-respect. — Karen Horney

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Yet the love we experience through other people is just a shadow of the love of the inner self. There is a sublime place inside us where love dwells. The love that pulses in the cave of the heart does not depend on anything outside. It does not expect anything. It is completely independent. — Swami Muktananda

It is solely by risking life that freedom is obtained; . . . the individual who has not staked his or her life may, no doubt, be recognized as a Person; but he or she has not attained the truth of this recognition as an independent self-consciousness. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

God did not create a human family made up of segregated, dissociated, mutually independent members. No; he would have them all united by the bond of total love of Him and consequent self-dedication to assisting each other to maintain that bond intact. — Pope Pius XII

Independence, the freedom of a self-governing nation, is in my estimation the highest political good, for which any disadvantage, if need be, and any sacrifice are a cheap price. — Enoch Powell

To take care of your own onions. — French Proverbs

Self Dependent Quotes

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Discover yourself, otherwise you have to depend on other people's opinions who don't know themselves. — Osho

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Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. — Gautama Buddha

Everybody in the world is seeking happiness - and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions. — Dale Carnegie

Not one ounce of my self worth depends on your acceptance of me. — Quincy Jones

We all have an internal life clock. Each day, we make decisions that cause the clock to tick over much faster or slower, depending on when & how much we eat, sleep & exercise. It's hard to be perfect but it helps to ask: What would my future self want me to do today? — David Sinclair

To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except Self-knowledge, is wisdom. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Life is not just eating, drinking, television and cinema...The human mind must be creative, must be self-generating ; it cannot depend on just gadgets to amuse itself. — Lee Kuan Yew

In order to realize our true self we must be willing to live without being dependent upon the opinion of others. — Bruce Lee

Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge. — Fritz Perls

Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge. — Frederick Salomon Perls

Reliance Quotes

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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

Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained. — Ferdinand Porsche

The Lord continues to empty us in order to teach us to lay aside all self-reliance, that we may cling to Christ alone. — Paul Washer

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

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. — Thomas Jefferson

I had a good mind to discontinue permanently the supply of grain to the city, reliance on which had discouraged Italian agriculture, but refrained because some politician would be bound one day to revive the dole as a means of ingratiating himself with the people. — Augustus

Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are. — Taizan Maezumi

Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself. — Naval Ravikant

The U.S. is, so far as I know, the only nation which places such extensive reliance on the polygraph. It has gotten us into a lot of trouble. — Aldrich Ames

Our reliance upon knowledge and scientific thinking to achieve total development is the only way to bring our nation ahead to the stage of non-oil production, a lesson learnt from nations with little or no natural resources. — Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Self Support Quotes

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Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth. — Oprah Winfrey

The most important person to believe in is you. Everyone else who believes in you means nothing unless if you finally believe in yourself. — Patrick Bet-David

Stop being a supporting player in the movie that is your life. Become the movie star. This is a hero's journey you have embarked upon. It's high time you start acting like it. — Rich Roll

How many of us can honestly say that we have plumbed the depths of our minds and hearts? How many of us regularly listen to ourselves with empathy and understanding – in the supportive way that a trusted friend can? — William Ury

All that is needed for the majority of labors to go well is a healthy, pregnant woman who has loving support in labor, self-confidence , and attendants with infinite patience. — Sheila Kitzinger

Self-compassion - being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure - is associated with more motivation and better self-control. — Kelly McGonigal

I think buildings should imitate ecological systems. Ecological systems in nature before we had human beings you know interfere with them exist in a state of stasis - they are self-supporting, self-sustaining. — Ken Yeang

City lights shine bright on my complexion, Self-reflection...red hairs flashing at the intersection. Life is a green light, one star, no script, Supporting actors...fresh peaches, no pit. — Action Bronson

When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul. — Ken Cuccinelli

I support anyone's right to be who they want to be. My question is: to what extent do I have to participate in your self-image? — Dave Chappelle

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Accelerate the implementation of innovation-driven development strategies, accelerate the realisation of high-level scientific and technological self-reliance ... resolutely win the key core technology battles ... accelerate the construction of the world's important talent centre and innovation high evaluation, and strive to form a comparative advantage of international competition for talents. — Xi Jinping

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

There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant. Prominent among them are probity, industry, good sense, good habits, good temper, patience, order, courtesy, tact, self-reliance, many deference to superior officers, and many consideration for inferiors. — Chester A. Arthur

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. — Doris Brown Heritage

What I said about myself is: do I really think that I can live my best life on my own? And I decided that, no, I can’t. I just don’t have what it takes. I really need this augmentation. — Bryan Johnson

There Are No Adults. Everyone’s making it up as they go along. Figure it out yourself, and do it. — Naval Ravikant

For over forty years, in a spirit of love, members of the Church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year. Today there are compelling reasons to reemphasize this counsel. — Ezra Taft Benson

I think it’s really worth optimizing for independence. — Naval Ravikant

Don't trust the way, and don't trust people or else you will be in trouble. — Thai Proverbs

Disaster mitigation... increases the self reliance of people who are at risk - in other words, it is empowering. — Ian Davis

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

The past is over... forget it. The future holds hope... reach for it. — Charles R. Swindoll

Clear thinkers appeal to their own authority. — Naval Ravikant

Self-reliance is the best defence against the pressures of the moment. — Carl von Clausewitz

What exactly is success? For me it is to be found not in applause, but in the satisfaction of feeling that one is realizing one's ideal. — Anna Pavlova

Technology has a shadow side. It accounts for real progress in medicine, but has also hurt it in many ways, making it more impersonal, expensive and dangerous. The false belief that a safety net of sophisticated drugs and machines stretches below us, permitting risky or lazy lifestyle choices, has undermined our spirit of self-reliance. — Andrew Weil

The list of qualities (an investor should have) include patience, self-reliance, common sense, a tolerance for pain, open-mindedness, detachment, persistence, humility, flexibility, a willingness to do independent research, an equal willingness to admit mistakes, and the ability to ignore general panic. — Peter Lynch

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

Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom. — Marcus Garvey

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

Parents and educators need to establish a culture in which security and clarity of expectations are balanced with the encouragement of playfulness, inquisitiveness and self reliance. — Guy Claxton

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

God helps them that help themselves. — Benjamin Franklin

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

In times of difficulty we must not lose sight of our achievements, must see the bright future and must pluck up our courage. — Mao Zedong

The wealth of society is created by the workers, peasants and working intellectuals. If they take their destiny into their own hands, follow a Marxist-Leninist line and take an active attitude in solving problems instead of evading them, there will be no difficulty in the world which they cannot overcome. — Mao Zedong

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