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The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.

John Gay (1685-1732) English poet and dramatist.

Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss theologian and poet.