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    "This is a great powerful statement from some spiritually achieved ones: 'My life depends on me, not on Heaven.'
    Excessively religious people may think those people had no God, but I don't see it that way.  I think that these were spiritually self-responsible people who did not rely on external authority to make themselves behave correctly.  The did not relinquish authority over their lives to other people and external circumstances, trading in Heaven's support to become dependent on others.  They did what was right and depended upon their own attainment and achievement to see them through life.
    This kind of achievement is called spiritual independence, and it is above the realm of ordinary religious followers.  I regard it as highly respected elucidation of the Way."
-  Hua-Ching Ni, The Light of All Stars Illuminates the Way, 1994, p.26


"The gods help those that help themselves."
Aesop's Fables, Ancient Greece


"Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward."
-  Patricia Sampson


"I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.”
-  Michel de Montaigne
"Immortality will come to such as are fit for it; and he who would be a great soul in the future must be a great soul now.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson



"Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you shall have the sufferage of the world."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that.  Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"I listen with attention to the judgment of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own."
-  Michel de Montaigne

"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude after own own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

"The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom."
-  Plato  


"The best help that benevolence and philanthropy can give is that which induces everybody to help himself."
-  Calvin Coolidge  

"The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves."
-  Abraham Lincoln  


"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
-  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


"When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you'll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win."
-  Bill Walsh  



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