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Self-Reliance

Self-Reliance

[self-ri-lahy-uhns, self-]
"Self-reliance" redirects here. For the related concept of economic self-reliance, see Self-sufficiency.

Self-Reliance is an essay written by American Transcendentalist philosopher and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was first published in his 1841 collection, Essays: First Series. It contains the most solid statement of one of Emerson's repeating themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas.

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