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Henry FordIf I had asked them what they had wanted, they would have said a faster horse.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

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AristotleHe who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Steve JobsHave the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Eleanor RooseveltNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Benjamin DisraeliNever complain and never explain.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

NapoleonIf you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Benjamin FranklinHe who drinks his cider alone, let him catch his horse alone.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Friedrich NietzscheWhat is the seal of liberation? — No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheNo one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Eric HofferA man by himself is in bad company.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonTo be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandBut why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandIf one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandNever ask people about your work.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandI will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Lord ChesterfieldYoung men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Antonio PorchiaThey will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Fernando PessoaIt is noble to be shy, illustrious not to know how to act, great not to have a gift for living.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Charles de GaulleWhen I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Fyodor DostoyevskyTo go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Robert FrostNever be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Bob DylanIf I lived my life by what others were thinkin', the heart inside me would've died.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Bob DylanDealing with my own life takes priority over other people dealing with my life.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

EpicurusFreedom is the greatest fruit of self sufficiency.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

EpicurusSelf-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Ayn RandMan—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher


Ancient Greek

True to his own spirit.

Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού.

—  Inscription, in Greek, on Jim Morrison’s tombstone in Paris

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Proverbs

French proverbEvery one for himself and God for us all.

—  French proverb










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