Quotes for
the Journey:


Self-reliance is the only road to
true freedom, and being one's
own person is its ultimate reward.

Patricia Sampson


The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles one encounters on the road to fortune are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. Peril is the element in which power is developed.
-W. Matthews


Humility is the part of wisdom, and is most becoming in people.  But let no one discourage self-reliance; it is, of all the rest, the greatest quality of true human strength.     -Louis Kossuth

Depend not on another, but lean instead on yourself.  True happiness is born of self-reliance.     -The Laws of Manu
When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you'll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.     -Bill Walsh
You can't hang around waiting for somebody else to pull your strings.  Destiny's what you make of it. You have to face whatever life throws at you. And if it throws more than you'd like, more than you think you can handle? Well then you just have to find the heroism within yourself and play out the hand you've been dealt. The universe never sets a challenge that can't be met. You just need to believe in yourself in order to find the strength to face it.     -Darren Shan
The best help that benevolence and philanthropy can give is that which induces everybody to help himself.     -Calvin Coolidge

If we expected self-reliance of family groups, if we expected hardiness and resilience and initiative on the part of individuals, and if we rewarded initiative instead of dependence on government, we would not only ameliorate many of the family-related social problems we see at present, but we would also reduce our vulnerability to terrorism. People who are hardy, resilient, and self reliant are a lot harder to terrorize.     -Bernard Levin
Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else's authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.     -Cody Lundin
This country [America] was not built by people who relied on somebody else to take care of them. It was built by people who relied on themselves, who dared to shape their own lives, who had enough courage to blaze new trails--enough confidence in themselves to take the necessary risks.     -J. Ollie Edmunds
Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone.  Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.     -Thomas Davidson
Real adulthood is the result of two qualities:  self-discipline and self-reliance.  The process of developing them together in balance is called maturing.     -J.W. Jepson
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.     -Charlotte Brontë
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 Stephen Szasz
Here must thou be, O man,
Strength to thyself — no helper hast thou here —
Here keepest thou thy individual state:
No other can divide with thee this work,
No secondary hand can intervene
To fashion this ability. 'Tis thine,
The prime and vital principle is thine
In the recesses of thy nature, far
From any reach of outward fellowship,
Else 'tis not thine at all.

William Wordsworth
The Prelude
The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.     -Thomas Aquinas

If you would have your offspring be something in the world, teach them to depend on themselves. Let each learn that it is by close and strenuous application each must rise- that one must, in short, make oneself, and be architect of one's own fortune.     -Edward
The poise of a plant, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every vegetable and animal, are also demonstrations of the self-sufficing, and therefore self-relying soul.  All history from its highest to its trivial passages is the various record of this power.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.     -Lao Tzu
Nasreddin brought a bow and arrows with him to the country fair, and his students all came to see their teacher compete in the archery contest.  Like all other contestants, Nasreddin was given three shots at the target.  Before he took his first shot, Nasreddin put on the kind of hat a soldier wears and stood up very straight.  Then he pulled the bow back hard and fired.  Nasreddin missed the target completely, and the crowd laughed mightily at him.

Nasreddin picked up the bow once more and drew it back.  This time he used much less strength, and although the arrow flew straight at the target, it fell far short.

Nasreddin had only his third shot left.  He simply turned to face the target and fired the third arrow.  It hit dead center, and the whole crowd went crazy!  Everyone wanted to know how he made the last shot after not even having come close with the first two.

"I'll tell you," Nasreddin said.  "For the first shot, I was imagining I was a soldier and a terrible enemy faced me.  Fear caused the arrow to fly high over the target.  When I took the second shot, I was thinking like a man who had missed his first one and was so nervous he could not concentrate.  He was weak with worry, and the shot was weak, too."

Nasreddin paused.  Finally a courageous soul spoke up.  "And what about the third one?  Who fired that arrow?"

"Oh," said Nasreddin.  "That was me!"

traditional Sufi story

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If you are an adult, you are responsible for your life and well-being.  No one owes you the fulfillment of your needs or wants; no one is here on earth to serve you.  If you respect the principle of self-ownership, you understand that no one else owns you and that you do not own anyone else.  Only on this understanding can there be peace on earth and good will among human beings.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
Once you really know that nobody can take from you what is really yours, you stop trying to protect it.     -Theodora Wells
True self-reliance does not mean reliance on one's physical strength; it means reliance on something mightier, something which is less perishable. . . It means trusting in the spiritual.     -Paramananda

Self-confidence without self-reliance is as useless as a cooking recipe without food.  Self-confidence sees the possibilities of the individual; self-reliance realizes them.  Self-confidence sees the angel in the unhewn block of marble; self-reliance carves it out for oneself.     -William G. Jordan
Rely upon yourself, trust yourself, and others will trust you unquestioningly. . . .  For the self-helping person, all doors are flung open.     -Fred van Amburgh
Self-reliance is only a part of the picture.  When we carry it to the extreme, we cut ourselves off from others and from the nourishment we need from them.     -Melvyn Kinder


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