Art seems almost to demand self-absorption, self-cultivation, however noble be the ultimate end it sets in view.
There were always sitters in his studio: he had as much work as he could do; while yet he found time for self-cultivation.
It is not easy to find a man who after three years of self-cultivation has not reached happiness.
There is no calling which allows of so much leisure for study and so many opportunities for self-cultivation.
Do you know, he is very witty and well informed, though he says he never had much time for self-cultivation?
It is a notorious fact that the average person does not perceive the importance of self-cultivation.
c.1700, of knowledge, etc., a figurative use, from French cultivation (16c.), noun of action from cultiver, from Latin cultivare "to till" (see cultivate). Meaning "raising of a plant or crop" is from 1719; literal sense of "tilling of the land" is from 1725.
cultivation cul·ti·va·tion (kŭl'tə-vā'shən)
The process of promoting the growth of a biological culture.