Self Reliance Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old self reliance quotes, self reliance sayings, and self reliance proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

No one's gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong. unknown
The efficient man is the man who thinks for himself. CharlesW. Eliot
Every man's in his own hands, with a little help from his brothers. Janet Morris
Associate with the 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
The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. unknown
If it is to be, it is up to me. William H. Johnsen
There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self. John Gay
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within. Mahatma Gandhi
Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward. Patricia Sampson
The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. Henrik Ibsen
The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I listen with attention to the judgement of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own. Michel de Montaigne
If you think you can do it, or you think you can't do it, You are right. Henry Ford
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got. Janis Joplin
If you lead me astray, then my wanderings will bring me to my destination. Michael Bassey Johnson
You don't have to worry about burning bridges, if you're building your own. Kerry E. Wagner
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Chance never helps those who do not help themselves. Sophocles
Learn to depend upon yourself by doing things in accordance with your own thinking. Grenville Kleiser
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
Expect more from yourself than from others. unknown
No one can be great, or good, or happy except through the inward efforts of themselves. Frederick W. Robertson
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
No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Behind every successful woman is herself. unknown
There's no one to stop you but yourself. David Thomas
Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. John Stuart Mill
If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them. Michael Bassey Johnson
Don't ask of your friends what you yourself can do. Quintus Ennius