Self Reliance

Self Reliance Summary

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
Here is a relic from America’s foremost teacher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Self Reliance is a must-read for anyone who wishes to grow a “backbone”.

Book Reviews

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Self Reliance4 star

Excellent read.45


Good read5 star

Skip this book if you can’t read shakespearien type language. It uses english in a way comparable to old english. Not the easiest read for someone in the 21st century. The content of the book is good, instructing man to not depend on things outside of himself to be one thing or another. There were a few parts I felt were a little over the top in being self-involved, where it seemed liked the author had little remorse for others. If you can practice self reliance and remain a positive force on others, than this will surely add to your life. It’s worth a read, and I would overall agree with the author in the importance of striving towards self reliance. My favorite quotes from the book: “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that, envy is ignorance; that, imitation is suicide; that, he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion.” (p. 3) “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.” (p. 4) “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; It is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness; the independence of solitude.” (p. 17) “Nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere.” (p. 20) To live in a “new day” everyday is to not let your memory bind you. (p.23) “all history resolves itself very easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons.” (p. 32) “But the man in the street, finding no worth in himself which corresponds to the force which built a tower or sculptured a marble god, feels poor when he looks on these.” (p. 33) “We first share the life by which things exist, and afterwards see them as appearances in nature, and forget that we have shared their cause.” (p. 38) “All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves.” (p. 80) “They measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is.” (p. 87)55

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Good book3 star

Good book35


Free for a reason…1 star

There’s a reason why this book is free and the more time and effort I put into the book the more I was left dissatisfied. The author has no sense of course when writing sentences and to even begin to explain what is being conveyed is baffling….15

DEE 1816

Amazing5 star

Profound thoughts from a profound man!55


Thought provoking4 star

The entire book made you think, compare and contrast, analyze and debate within yourself45


Reassuring words5 star

Essential for life55

Tlinscomb 8922

Excellent essay for modern people5 star

Very relevant read for all of us in this time where we are afraid to have our own thoughts unless someone else has already voiced them.55

M.J. Stafford

Blahblahblah3 star

I see what he is getting at, but I find his grammar stilted, antiquated and hard to follow.35


trash1 star

waste of time. write like a normal human in normal english please15

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