The four grand qualities of self-reliance are:
- Decision makes a man strong. The waverer is the weakling.
- Steadfastness arises in the mind that is quick to decide. It is, indeed, a final decision upon the best course of conduct and the best path in life.
- Dignity clothes, as with a majestic garment, the steadfast mind.
- Independence is the birthright of the strong and well-controlled man. All men love and strive for liberty. All men aspire to some sort of freedom.
~ James Allen, Eight Pillars of Prosperity (1911)