Words of Wisdom

As an avid reader, I encounter a variety of viewpoints and try to learn from each. Over time, I've come across some quotes and sayings that are especially motivational or inspire me in regards to self-reliance. Many of my favorites have been shared in our Words of Wisdom tag.

This page serves as a collection of just the quotes or sayings themselves. Clicking on the person's name will take you to the related page here on Self-Reliant Info. Enjoy!

We live in a most exciting and challenging period in human history. As technology sweeps through every facet of our lives, changes are occurring so rapidly that it can be difficult for us to keep our lives in balance. To maintain some semblance of stability in our lives, it is essential that we plan for our future. I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness. We want to be found with oil in our lamps sufficient to endure to the end.L. Tom Perry
Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons. – Senator Ron Paul, from Security and Liberty, April 23, 2007
Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy. – Max Mayfield, Director of National Hurricane Center.
...anyone who believes he has turned his self-defense over to government is living in a dream world. Self-defense remains the right and responsibility of the individual. That is an unalterable fact of life. There is no choice in the matter.Sheldon Richman
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. – Seneca the Younger
In business or in football, it takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to produce spectacular results. – Roger Staubach
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.William Shedd
To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together — humble dependence and manly independence; humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.William Wordsworth