self-reliance

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Synonyms for self-reliance

the capacity to manage one's own affairs, make one's own judgments, and provide for oneself

Synonyms for self-reliance

personal independence

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RALPH Waldo Emerson said that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
tomahto," for example, or, to return to the quotations with which this essay began, does not reveal through foolish consistency my mental hobgoblins.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines," but our little statesmen seem to specialize in foolish inconsistency.
There is no truth but in transit," Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said (and of course there's the line about a foolish consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds).
And is the standardization that accompanies size just foolish consistency and "the hobgoblin of small minds," as Ralph Waldo Emerson observed?
But the world keeps changing, and at some point a foolish consistency is just foolish, so here comes another flip-flop.
Emerson put down some hundred and sixty years ago was "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
Even more than in ordinary society, the foolish consistency that Emerson saw as the hobgoblin of small minds is to be avoided in international politics.
Not surprisingly, Emerson coined the two classic excuses for contusion of oneself and others: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds," and, "To be great is to be misunderstood.
All of which suggests that Sullivan shares Emerson's conviction that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--especially when you are addressing readers on opposite sides of the ocean.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.