Examples from the Web for self-cultivation
Do you know, he is very witty and well informed, though he says he never had much time for self-cultivation?
There is no calling which allows of so much leisure for study and so many opportunities for self-cultivation.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1|Elizabeth Bisland
Art seems almost to demand self-absorption, self-cultivation, however noble be the ultimate end it sets in view.Essays|Arthur Christopher Benson
It is a notorious fact that the average person does not perceive the importance of self-cultivation.The Library and Society|Various
It is not easy to find a man who after three years of self-cultivation has not reached happiness.The Sayings of Confucius|Confucius
British Dictionary definitions for self-cultivation
- the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
- the preparation of ground to promote their growth
Word Origin and History for 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.