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Self-Sufficiency

  • But those days are over / When it was expedient for two deer / To walk together, / Since anyone can see and remove / The beam in his eye with a mirror.

  • She listens to her own tales, / Laughs at her own jokes and / Follows her own advice.

  • ... I plant geraniums. / I tie up my hair into loose braids, / and trust only what I have built / with my own hands.

  • Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

  • ... in freeing myself from the romantic dream of finding another man to come along and rescue me, I learned that no one can rescue me except myself.

    • Erica Jong,
    • in Beth Benatovich, ed., What We Know So Far ()
  • It is difficult to deal successfully, he decided, with a woman whose feelings cannot be hurt.

  • The most steady, the most self-sufficient nature depends, more than it knows, on its few chosen stimuli.

  • Let them think I love them more than I do, / Let them think I care, though I go alone, / If it lifts their pride, what is it to me / Who am self-complete as a flower or a stone.

  • ... when I'm trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.

  • No person could save another.

  • I don't need a man to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we'll ever have is the one with ourselves.

  • ... trust that still, small voice that says, 'This might work and I'll try it.'

  • Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all of life's greatest tests alone.

    • Agnes Macphail,
    • 1924, in Margaret Stewart and Doris Cavelle Martin French, Ask No Quarter: A Biography of Agnes Macphail ()
  • I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.

    • Simone de Beauvoir,
    • in Hazel Rowley, ed., Tête-à-tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre ()