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When you're a self-made man, you start very early in life. In my case it was at 9 years old when I started bringing income into the family. You get a drive that's a little different, maybe a little stronger, than somebody who inherited.
Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
E. B. White
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others.
George Matthew Adams
I'm self-made. I always wanted to make myself a better person, because I was not educated. But that was my dream - to have class.
Self-made men often worship their creator.
Bryant H. McGill
A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
My main goal is to be a self-made man and have control over what's mine.
When did it something of shame or ridicule to be a self-made man in America?
God's designs may be frequent justification for our actions, but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.
America glories in its tradition of the self-made individual. Political candidates compete to be a friend to entrepreneurs, and policymakers, imagining the next Microsoft or Google, design laws to back the innovator in the garage.
Gerald Boyd was a classic specimen of the self-made man. Born poor, he worked and studied his way up out of poverty under the guidance of his widowed grandmother.
I don't believe in that kind of American John Wayne individualism where people pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Someone changed your diapers. And if that's the case, you ain't self-made.
Michael Eric Dyson
Mark Twain created a new type of literature and not a lot of people can say that. Not a lot of people can say they're absolutely original and completely self-made.
He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
The self-made man that some people believe is a myth? It could be, because you do it on the backs of other people.
My father started with nothing and is a self-made man. No matter what I do with my life, I can never match his accomplishments.
It's just as difficult to live in a self-made hell of privacy as it is to live in a self-made hell of publicity.
I always thought Christians were the weak people. When you can't make it in life then you have to ask God. I really prided myself on being a self-made man.
I have a theory that self-made, first-generation actresses don't feel entitled to success.
I am a self-made brat.
I had always been fascinated with Napoleon because he was a self-made emperor; Victor Hugo said, 'Napoleon's will to power,' and it was the title of my paper. And I submitted it to my teacher, and he didn't think I had written it. And he wanted me to explain it to him.
I once met a man who was a billionaire, and I said to him: 'Are you a self-made man?' - and he turned around and said: 'No man is self-made;' and certainly, if you want to make films or get into television or even theatre, the amount of help that you need, the amount of people who need to give you a helping hand is extraordinary.
In Naples, Fla., I met a self-made man, a multimillionaire, whose round penthouse apartment is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, and Mickey Mantle. He had purchased the most coveted items auctioned by the Mantle family at Madison Square Garden in December 2003.
I watch a TV show called 'Shark Tank.' It's one of my favorite TV shows. It's basically self-made millionaires who have either come up with their own business or clothing... I came up with the idea of designing clothes.
A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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