And his was the type of character which answered, “Make the best of it; overcome it with self-development.”
According to Hegel the dialectic is the self-development of the Idea.
And the comfort, even the little luxuries, the broader opportunities for self-development that would be his, all appealed to him.
Nowadays we demand time for self-development, for reading, for thinking, for pleasure.
But away with such frivolous modes of dealing with the rights of races to self-development!
And the most important preliminary to self-development is the faculty of concentrating at will.
The death of Beatrice was the beginning of a new period of Dante's self-development.
She, 43too, has right to self-development in some chosen way.
Wholesome personality is the fulfillment of self-development—physically, mentally and spiritually.
You see I'm all for self-development and the chance to live one's life.
1756, "an unfolding;" see develop + -ment. Of property, with the sense "bringing out the latent possibilities," from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902. Meaning "advancement through progressive stages" is 1836.
development de·vel·op·ment (dĭ-věl'əp-mənt)
The act of developing.
The state of being developed.
A significant event, occurrence, or change.
The natural progression from a previous, simpler, or embryonic stage to a later, more complex, or adult stage.