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Self-made man

Definitions

  • The self-made man
    The self-made man
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Self-made man a man who has risen from poverty or obscurity by means of his own talents or energies.
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Quotations

  • Jessie Hill
    Jessie Hill
    “I'm not a self-made man. I cannot forget those who have sacrificed for me to get where I am today.”
  • George Shinn
    George Shinn
    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”
  • Joseph Heller
    Joseph Heller
    “He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.”

Usage

In literature:

He was a self-made man, had acquired considerable money, and was keen as a ferret at business.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
For such society a self-made man was impossible.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
The self-made man was the Western man's ideal, was the kind of man that all men might become.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
Just put it out of your head that it's luck makes a self-made man.
"Americans All" by Various
The subject of this sketch is a good illustration of the self-made man.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
He was, in every way, truly a self-made man.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
Being a self-made man, he belonged naturally to the popular party.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
A man who could never sufficiently vaunt himself a self-made man.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
A self-made man needs a real mother to build the foundations of his character.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
The self-made man, it is said, is generally the hardest master.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
I, too, am a self-made man.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
He is, in the most proper sense, a "self-made" man.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
Mr. Bissell is a self-made man.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Self-made man, Old Tom, and as fine as they make 'em.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
Mr. Greeley is in all respects a self-made man.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Here again she was of the spirit that lifts the self-made man.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
He was a self-made man.
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke
He was pre-eminently a self-made man, one who 'achieved' greatness by his own exertions.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
One of the charms of his company was that it made a man feel better than his ordinary self.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
A self-made man never has it.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
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In poetry:

Awful is Art because 'tis free.
The artist trembles o'er his plan
Where men his Self must see.
Who made a song or picture, he
Did it, and not another, God nor man.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
The fleet foot and the feeble foot
Both seek the self-same goal,
The weakest soldier's name is writ
On the great army-roll,
And God, who made man's body strong, made too the woman's soul
"My Right" by Susan Coolidge
Who lives for self is not afraid
Of meanest thing God ever made,
For he himself is that same thing;
Though peasant, plebian, or king,
He thwarts the purpose of God's plan,
He lacks the impulse of a man.
"Selfishness" by Jared Barhite
And he the man, whom Nature selfe had made
To mock her selfe, and Truth to imitate,
With kindly counter vnder Mimick shade,
Our pleasant Willy, ah is dead of late:
With whom all ioy and iolly meriment
Is also deaded, and in dolour drent.
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser
So must I see, from where I sit and watch,
My own self sell myself, my hand attach
Its warrant to the very thefts from me—-
Thy singleness of soul that made me proud,
Thy purity of heart I loved aloud,
Thy man's-truth I was bold to bid God see!
"Any Wife To Any Husband" by Robert Browning

In news:

SUCCESS is the great American secular religion, a "drama of economic salvation," as the historian Irvin G Wyllie writes in "The Self-Made Man in America".
This self-proclaimed "dirty old one-man band" has made enough ruckus to send more than one listener fleeing toward the exit.
A journalistic Houdini, Norah Vincent follows up her best-selling book Self Made Man with Voluntary Madness, an account of her days inside a mental institution.
The myths of the "self-made man" and meritocracy .
I can remember when being rich was not a dirty thing, when a self-made man was to be respected.
My family is very private, so I have to believe something good will come from sharing our very personal story with you through my film, The Self-Made Man .
Obama belittles the self-made man .
The Self-Made Man : How Stephen Elliott Writes His Life.
The myths of the " self-made man " and meritocracy.
Man made up robbery, shot self.
Man-made particles self-assemble like atoms.
Lito Alcantra, owner and president of Group Builders Inc, is a self-made man — twice over.
Woverines' Kovacs Is A Self-Made Michigan Man.
The myths of the " self-made man" and meritocracy.
Obama against the Self-Made Man The president would socialize success.
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In science:

First of all a working and stable self-trigger system has to be developed, i.e. the antenna system itself has to recognize when a highenergy air-shower is reaching the observation level, but should suppress man-made RFI signals.
Radio Detection of Particles from the Cosmos
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