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[self-ri-lahy-uh ns, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈlaɪ əns, ˌsɛlf-/
reliance on oneself or one’s own powers, resources, etc.
reliance on one’s own abilities, decisions, etc

“Self-Reliance” definition

(1841) An essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson that advises the reader to “Trust thyself” and argues that “whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” It is the source of several well-known epigrams, such as “To be great is to be misunderstood” and “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”


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