Growing Up RomneyNoam Schreiber, The New Republic Mitt, Tagg, and the Romney family myth of self-reliance.
The pursuit of happiness is a double-edged sword; self-reliance often bleeds into selfishness.
Counsel for respondent has recalled to us the virtues of self-reliance and frugality.
“I would never do that,” he snaps, launching into a lecture on the virtues of self-reliance.
But the practice of realism defined the founding generation of the state fully as much as the ideal of self-reliance.
It was the sternest school of self-reliance, from babyhood to the grave, that human society is ever likely to witness.
No independence, no self-reliance, no strength of character is developed.
Isolation fostered not only self-reliance but the habit of reflection, and, indeed, of prolonged and intense reflection.
Independence and self-reliance are the basis of self-respect and self-control.
This feeling of self-respect is something stronger than self-reliance, higher than pride.
(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.”