Self Sufficiency Quotes

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1. “It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”

Tags : Autonomy Bachelorhood Empowerment Freedom Independence Individuality Love Marriage Matrimony Men Self Determination Self Sufficiency Singles Strength Women
Author : Coco Chanel

2. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Equality Feminism Flattery Gender Hypocrisy Independence Men Misogyny Rationality Reason Self Determination Self Sufficiency Social Norms Stereotypes Strength Women Women S Rights
Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

3. “Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.”

Tags : Bachelorhood Double Entendre Empowerment Freedom Independence Institutions Marriage Self Reliance Self Sufficiency Singles
Author : Mae West
Source : The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

4. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

Tags : Ataraxy Defiance Empowerment Independence Individuality Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : Jane Eyre

5. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

Tags : Ataraxy Independence Individuality Inspirational Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : The Complete Essays

6. “In yourself right now is all the place you've got.”

Tags : Ataraxy Empowerment Independence Individuality Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : Wise Blood

7. “For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”

Tags : Ataraxy Independence Individuality Retire Self Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : Meditations

8. “Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-contained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no colour from the outer world.”

Tags : Ataraxy Individuality Reclusiveness Self Containment Self Reliance Self Sufficiency Silence Solitude
Source : Lady Audley's Secret

9. “Every giant leap for mankind resulting from a technological advance requires a commensurate step in the opposite direction - a counterweight to ground us in humanity.”

Tags : Advanced Technology Advances Balance Life Checks And Balances Dominance Giant Leap Ground Of Objectivity Grounding Human Destiny Humanity And Society Life Philosophy Machine Man Natural Law People Progressive Era Robots Science Scientific Discovery Scientific Process Self Sustaining Survival Of The Fittest Technological Bias Wilderness Wildlife Conservation
Author : Alex Morritt
Source : Impromptu Scribe

10. “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency Suffrage

11. “There are some who want to get married and others who don't. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.”

Tags : Bachelorhood Empowerment Equality Freedom Independence Marriage Matrimony Preference Self Determination Self Reliance Self Sufficiency Singles Submission Women
Author : Greta Garbo
Source : Greta and Cecil

12. “What is a genius? A person who demands little to nothing from others, but is often found extremely difficult to have around.”

Tags : Complex Creative Different Difficulties Distinction Envy Genius Genius Distinction Independent Independent Thought Inferiority Inferiority Complex Intimidating Misunderstanding Odd Privacy Self Sufficiency Simplicity Superiority
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

13. “Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene. But she wasn't. She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand and... cancel her. She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”

Tags : Loneliness Self Sufficiency
Author : Laini Taylor
Source : Daughter of Smoke & Bone

14. “Maybe your country is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it's not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you've been to. I'm not afraid of being homesick and having no language to live in. I don't have to be like anyone else. I'm walking on the wall and nobody can stop me.”

Tags : Anchoring Attachment Belonging Country Empowerment Home Homelessness Independence Individuality Inspirational Nationality Roots Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust
Author : Hugo Hamilton
Source : The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood

15. “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.”

Tags : Abraham Lincoln Gardening Self Sufficiency

16. “She might be without country, without nation, but inside her there was still a being that could exist and be free, that could simply say I am without adding a this, or a that, without saying I am Indian, Guyanese, English, or anything else in the world.”

Tags : Anchoring Attachment Belonging Empowerment Freedom Home Homelessness Identity Independence Individuality Inspirational Nationality Roots Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust
Author : Sharon Maas
Source : Of Marriageable Age

17. “For all those who longed to find a best friend and found it in themselves”

Tags : Friend Self Sufficiency Self Worth
Author : Sandra Kring
Source : The Book of Bright Ideas

18. “I don't want anyone to look to me, not for protection, not for happiness, not for love, not for anything.”

Tags : Happiness Love Protection Responsibility Self Sufficiency Solitude
Author : P.D. James
Source : The Children of Men

19. “My self is all to me. I don't have any need of you.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency
Source : I Lock My Door Upon Myself

20. “The opinions of others cannot damage you.”

Tags : Inspirational Self Sufficiency True
Author : Veronica Roth
Source : Divergent

21. “It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency
Author : Sam Levenson

22. “I might be alone, but i'm never lonely.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency Solitude
Author : Megan Hart

23. “Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.”

Tags : Books Happiness Life Reading Self Sufficiency
Author : Saul Bellow
Source : Ravelstein

24. “They thrived on the rapid turnover of acquaintances, the lack of involvement with others, and the total self-sufficiency of lives which, needing nothing, were never dissapointed.”

Tags : Acquaintances Ballard Dissapointment High Rise J G Ballard James Graham Ballard Jg Ballard Living Self Sufficiency
Author : J.G. Ballard
Source : High-Rise

25. “Self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation. If you are self-sufficient, you have no need of God. If you have no need of God, you do not seek Him. If you do not seek Him, you will not find Him.”

Tags : C S Lewis God Salvation Self Sufficiency
Source : Shadowlands

26. “Go small, go simple, go now”

Tags : Adventure Cruising Sailing Self Sufficiency
Author : Larry Pardey
Source : Cruising in "Seraffyn"

27. “Words of the hero: "I am my fate.”

Tags : Fate Heroism Self Sufficiency
Author : Marty Rubin

28. “If the light's not in you, you're in the dark.”

Tags : Independence Self Sufficiency
Author : Marty Rubin

29. “I had come to worry about those women who were full-time mothers and homemakers by choice. Did other, more career-minded women have the right to devalue them . . . ? Maybe it was time to slow down and look at the role restrictions imposed not only on women but the men around them, to search for the balance that could promote self-sufficiency . . .”

Tags : Self Sufficiency Women S Liberation Women S Strength Womens Rights
Author : Lin Pardey
Source : Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife

30. “Rocky, if I’ve learned anything from my train wreck of a marriage, it’s that no one can take care of me better than I can.”

Tags : Marriage Self Sufficiency
Author : Starr Ambrose
Source : Thieves Like Us

31. “At this point in history, our society tends to elevate and reward the specialist...This concentrated focus has brought some benefits...It may also be a modern malady. Specialization, when taken too far and allowed to define who and what we are, becomes limiting. It robs us of our wholeness and our self-sufficiency. It misses the big picture and confines us to a narrow zoom. And it leaves us at the mercy of experts.”

Tags : Capitalism Politics Science Self Sufficiency
Author : Keith Stewart
Source : It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

32. “The identity you're craving for is an illusion; your true nature has no identity, you're the universe -you contain all things!”

Tags : Anchoring Attachment Belonging Determination Empowerment Ethos Fortitude Freedom Goodness Home Homelessness Identity Independence Individuality Inspiration Inspirational Life Lessons Persistence Roots Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Character Strength Virtues

33. “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.”

Tags : Disaster Preparedness Self Reliance Self Sufficiency Survival
Author : Cody Lundin
Source : When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes

34. “The denial of assistance is sometimes the greatest assistance. The trick is recognizing when this is the case.”

Tags : Assistance Charity Drive Goals Help Incentive Motivation Motive Richelle Richelle Goodrich Self Esteem Self Sufficiency
Source : Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

35. “for meobedience to another is the decayof self”

Tags : Conforming Conformity Decay Follow Independence Individualism Individuality Life Obedience Obey Self Self Sufficiency
Source : Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

36. “I should understand the land, not as a commodity, an inert fact to be taken for granted, but as an ultimate value, enduring and alive, useful and beautiful and mysterious and formidable and comforting, beneficent and terribly demanding, worthy of the best of man's attention and care... [My father] insisted that I learn to do the hand labor that the land required, knowing--and saying again and again--that the ability to do such work is the source of a confidence and an independence of character that can come no other way, not by money, not by education.”

Tags : Farming Land Self Sufficiency
Author : Wendell Berry
Source : The Hidden Wound

37. “The business of procuring the necessities of life has been shifted from the wood lot, the garden, the kitchen and the family to the factory and the large-scale enterprise. In our case, we moved our center back to the land.”

Tags : Land Self Sufficiency
Author : Helen Nearing
Source : The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living

38. “Certainly it is true that we need to maintain independence in certain areas of life. We must not be passive but active agents in this strenuous, challenging world. At the same time, we must not make a fetish out of our self-sufficiency. It is normal and wise for us to rely at moments upon the insights, the courage, and the consolation which our human brothers can give us , knowing full well that they in turn sill rely upon our gifts and strength on other critical occasions. Let us not be too proud to admit weakness at moments and to absorb strength from others in our day of need. The ruthless repression of our common human problems and fears can only make us hard or ill; the sharing of these problems with our human comrades alone can save us from the sin of pride, the idolatry of self-sufficiency.”

Tags : Interdependence Self Sufficiency

39. “I thought you’d be entirely self-sufficient.”“Oh I am,” I shoot back. “You should see my vibrator collection.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency Vibrators
Author : Karina Halle
Source : Smut

40. “I admire the fog, how it fades into itself.”

Tags : Fog Self Sufficiency
Author : Marty Rubin

41. “Freedom is the possibility of isolation. You are free if you can withdraw from people, not having to seek them out for the sake of money, company, love, glory or curiosity, none of which can thrive in silence and solitude. If you can't live alone, you were born a slave. You may have all the splendours of the mind and the soul, in which case you're a noble slave, or an intelligent servant, but you're not free. And you can't hold this up as your own tragedy, for your birth is a tragedy of Fate alone. Hapless you are, however, if life itself so oppresses you that you're forced to become a slave. Hapless you are if, having been born free, with the capacity to be isolated and self-sufficient, poverty should force you to live with others.”

Tags : Freedom Isolation Self Sufficiency Servant Slave Slavery
Source : The Book of Disquiet

42. “Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate.”

Tags : Individualism Self Sufficiency
Author : Bruce Lee

43. “You cannot want more for people than they want for themselves.”

Tags : Goal Setting Independence Self Sufficiency

44. “If you'd called me an ox, I'd have said I was an ox; if you'd called me a horse, I'd have said I was a horse. If the reality is there and you refuse to accept the name men give it, you'll only lay yourself open to double harassment.”

Tags : Acceptance Equanimity Indifference Self Sufficiency Slander Submission
Author : Zhuangzi
Source : The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

45. “No soul ever fell away from God without giving up prayer. Prayer is that which establishes contact with Divine Power and opens the invisible resources of heaven. However dark the way, when we pray, temptation can never master us. The first step downward in the average soul is the giving up of the practice of prayer, the breaking of the circuit with divinity, and the proclamation of one’s owns self sufficiency.”

Tags : Communion With God Faith God Independence Prayer Self Sufficiency
Source : Characters of the Passion: Lessons on Faith and Trust

46. “Equip yourself for your own needs.”

Tags : Self Growth Self Sufficiency Strength And Courage
Author : Patti Digh
Source : What I Wish For You: Simple Wisdom For A Happy Life

47. “The store customer, who comes home with a package under his arm has learned nothing, except that a ten dollar bill is a source of power in the market place. The man or woman who has converted material into needed products via tools and skills has matured in the process.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency
Author : Helen Nearing
Source : The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living

48. “Why ask for your daily bread when you own the bakery?”

Tags : Dependence Faith Materialism Self Sufficiency Temptation Wealth
Author : Randy Alcorn
Source : Money, Possessions and Eternity

49. “To do it all and deprive others of doing is...a misguided notion.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency
Author : Jan Karon

50. “The essential cultural discrimination is not between having and not having or haves and have-nots, but between the superfluous and the indispensable. Wisdom, it seems to me, is always poised upon the knowledge of minimums; it might be thought to be the art of minimums. Granting the frailty, and no doubt the impermanence, of modern technology as a human contrivance, the man who can keep a fire in a stove or on a hearth is not only more durable, but wiser, closer to the meaning of fire, than the man who can only work a thermostat.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency Simplicity
Author : Wendell Berry
Source : The Hidden Wound

51. “A breath, to keep one going, must be one's own.”

Tags : Endurance Self Sufficiency
Author : Marty Rubin

52. “We must rip the foundations out from under all the bastions of human reasoning that say, "I don't need God!" We must demolish every non-God story of life. We must pulverize every God-is-not-good life narrative.”

Tags : Pride Self Sufficiency Thinking

53. “This time Elizabeth Ann didn't answer, because she herself didn't know what the matter was. But I do, and I'll tell you. The matter was that never before had she known what she was doing in school. She had always thought she was there to pass from one grade to another, and she was ever so startled to get a little glimpse of the fact that she was there to learn how to read and write and cipher and generally use her mind, so she could take care of herself when she came to be grown up. Of course, she didn't really know that till she did come to be grown up, but she had her first dim notion of it in that moment, and it made her feel the way you do when you're learning to skate and somebody pulls away the chair you've been leaning on and says, "Now, go it alone!”

Tags : Ambition Grades Homeschool Homeschooling One Room School House School Self Sufficiency

54. “At thirty-nine, I learned how to change a tyre, how to shovel snow, how to stack wood. I learned how to meet a deadline without a shoulder to whine on. I became obsessed with firewood. If only there was alsways a fire in the fireplace, I knew that everything would be all right. (Prometheus must have been a women. I reverted to my ancient nature: inventing fire all day, having my liver plucked out all night.)”

Tags : Self Sufficiency
Author : Erica Jong
Source : Fear of Fifty

55. “Most people spend their lives vulnerable, relying on the rest of the world to not take advantage of it.”

Tags : Independence Self Sufficiency Vulnerable
Author : Kris Rafferty

56. “You could call her perilous because she was so strong in herself.”

Tags : Community Pride Self Sufficiency
Source : The Two Towers

57. “I call this a Divine Humility because it is a poor thing to strike our colors to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to him as a last resort, to offer up 'our own' when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to him, and come to him because there is 'nothing better' now to be had. The same humility is shown by all those Divine appeals to our fears which trouble high-minded readers of Scripture. It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose Him as an alternative to Hell: yet even this He accepts. The creatures illusion to self-sufficiency must, for the creature's sake, be shattered; and by trouble or fear of trouble on earth, by crude fear of eternal flames, God shatters it 'unmindful of his glory's diminution'. Those who would like the God of Scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask.”

Tags : Hell Humility Self Sufficiency
Author : C.S. Lewis
Source : The Problem of Pain

58. “The myth of self-sufficiency demands optimism without end, downplays life’s challenges, and shames us when, inevitably, we fall short.”

Tags : Aging Well Community Dependency Isolation Loneliness Perfectionism Self Sufficiency
Source : This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism