Self-Reliance Quotes

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string

Sunday, May 16th, 2010
green eyed girl

We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. A man is…

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The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
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At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door, and say, “Come out unto us.” But keep the…

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The most critical thing you sell is literally yourself

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

People “buy” optimists because they enjoy their company. They “buy” people with integrity because people with integrity do what they say they will. Like Maytag washing machines, people with…

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I must be myself

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Ralph Waldo Emerson love quote t shirt

I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek…

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Friday, December 19th, 2008
Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to…

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