65 Self Contained Quotes On Success In Life

These self contained quotes will inspire you. Self-contained (of a thing) complete, or having all that is needed, in itself or (of a person) quiet and independent; not depending on or influenced by others.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging self contained quotes, self contained sayings, and self contained proverbs.

Best Self Contained Quotes

  1. “Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them.” ~ Catherine Drinker Bowen
  2. “Crime is one of the leads of the show. If there’s ever anything that deals with a character’s personal life, you don’t have to worry about it getting too crazy. People don’t have to worry about character arcs. Each episode is a self-contained unit.” ~ Christopher Meloni
  3. “God is all-full. He is self-contained. He is eternal satisfaction.” ~ Sivananda
  4. “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

  5. “If it is man’s privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter – dependent.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “The boundary condition of the universe is that it has no boundary.” ~ Stephen Hawking
  7. “A certain kind of shittiness, a certain kind of stagnation, a certain kind of darkness, goes on propagating itself by its own power in its own self-contained cycle. And once it passes a certain point, no one can stop it-even if the person himself wants to stop it.” ~ Haruki Murakami
  8. “You create a good future by creating a good present.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

  9. “Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.” ~ Haruki Murakami
  10. “But…books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch. And some of them―the best ones―are doors.” ~ Lauren Oliver
  11. “It is man’s social nature which distinguishes him from the brute creation. If it is his privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. Only an arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody else and be self-contained.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  12. “Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.” ~ Pam Brown

  13. “She is nine, beloved, as open-faced as the sky and as self-contained. I have watched her grow. As recently as three or four years ago, she had a young child’s perfectly shallow receptiveness; she fitted into the world of time, it fitted into her, as thoughtlessly as sky fits its edges, or a river its banks. But as she has grown, her smile has widened with a touch of fear and her glance has taken on depth. Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here–the extortionary rent you have to pay as long as you stay.” ~ Annie Dillard
  14. “World is supposed to mean something that’s self-contained. but nothing is self-contained.” ~ Don DeLillo
  15. “Most people’s intuitions are drowned out by folk sayings. We have a moment of real feeling or insight, and then we come up with a folk saying that captures the insight in a kind of wash. The intuition may be real and ripe, fresh with possibilities, but the folk saying is guaranteed to be a cliche, stale and self-contained.” ~ Anne Lamott
  16. “You can make one (self-contained self-rescuer) that would last all day, but you’d have to carry it behind in a wagon.” ~ Kenneth Williams

  17. “No man is an island- he is a holon. A Janus-faced entity who, looking inward, sees himself as a self-contained unique whole, looking outward as a dependent part. His self-assertive tendency is the dynamic manifestation of his unique wholeness, his autonomy and independence as a holon. Its equally universal antagonist, the integrative tendency, expresses his dependence on the larger whole to which he belongs: his ‘part-ness.’.” ~ Arthur Koestler
  18. “To make a record requires a strategy; it’s not just throwing somebody in the studio and seeing how it goes. Some artists are self-contained, but they still need advice about producers and collaborations and single choice. They need an army and a perspective and creative friction, because nobody has all the ideas.” ~ Tom Corson
  19. “People do complain about the way I act on stage… They think on stage I act too arrogant, too self-obsessed, solecistic, self-contained, synonyms.” ~ Bo Burnham
  20. “A country whose culture is based on nonviolence will find it necessary to have every home as much self-contained as possible.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  21. “Negro producers, Negro distributors, Negro consumers! The world of Negroes can be self-contained. We desire earnestly to deal with the rest of the world, but if the rest of the world desire not, we seek not” ~ Marcus Garvey
  22. “The city of Washington is in some respects self-contained, and it is easy there to forget what the rest of the United States is thinking about. I count it a fortunate circumstance that almost all the windows of the White House and its offices open upon unoccupied spaces that stretch to the banks of the Potomacand that as I sit there I can constantly forget Washington and remember the United States.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
  23. “Always remember deep in your heart that all is well and everything is unfolding as it should. There are no mistakes anywhere, at any time. What appears to be wrong is simply your own false imagination. That’s all. But we live in a universe of Brahman, of Absolute Reality, self -contained Consciousness, where there’s perfection, perfect life, perfect bliss, perfect being. That perfection knows nothing about wrong and right, good and bad, happy and sad. It knows only itself as Perfection. And you are That.” ~ Robert Adams
  24. “You cannot build nonviolence on a factory civilization, but it can be built on self-contained villages.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  25. “When you look at your freelance career, it’s really like a mall. And if you look at a mall, it’s a self-contained system that has a flow and logic to it. You’ll probably have one or two really bigger jobs, those are like your anchor stores.” ~ Chris Hardwick
  26. “Since the songs were written over a five-year period, I think these are little snapshots. Some people call it political or topical, but I think each song is self-contained. I think it fits together as a picture of the last half-decade of time.” ~ Conor Oberst
  27. “No longer can we consider what the artist does to be a self-contained activity, mysteriously inspired from above, unrelated and unrelatable to other human activities. Instead, we recognize the exalted kind of seeing that leads to the creation of great art as an outgrowth of the humbler and more common activity of the eyes in everyday life. Just as the prosaic search for information is “artistic” because it involves giving and finding shape and meaning, so the artist’s conceiving is an instrument of life, a refined way of understanding who and where we are.” ~ Rudolf Arnheim
  28. “With this kind of camera-phone madness we have got, moments are diluted into self-contained edited experiences.” ~ Doc Brown

  29. “My specialty is mythology. There are artifacts like the hallows scattered through just about every mythology. However, what makes the Celtic hallows so interesting is that they are a self-contained group of objects.” ~ Michael Scott
  30. “Among all the complaints you hear these days about the crimes of the media, it seems to me the critics miss the big one. It is that especially TV, but also we of the print press, tend to reduce mess and complexity and ambiguity to a simple story line that doesn’t reflect reality so much as it distorts it. … What bothers me about the journalistic tendency to reduce unmanageable reality to self-contained, movielike little dramas is not just that we falsify when we do this. It is also that we really miss the good story.” ~ Meg Greenfield
  31. “If we were to focus our attention on one particular problem and neglect the others, we would fail to see the true scope of our current global issues. The changes made in that form of thinking are limited and self-contained.” ~ Ian Somerhalder
  32. “Jordan Ruddes does [have a home studio], but it’s all self-contained. I’ll be the only guy with a fully built recording studio. So they’ll have to come to me.” ~ John Petrucci

  33. “You have to design a story that might appear on the front page of the newspaper for the website. You don’t have to design it in such a way that it can be self contained, that it makes sense if you never hit the front page of it.” ~ Khoi Vinh
  34. “I was aware that I had to pay off things in a convincing emotional fashion, that I had to address the lingering plot points in some real tangible sense, and that I had to make this a self-contained novel, in case I’m run over by a bus tomorrow or in case there’s no demand for anyone to ever see a sequel. (Two things that I hope don’t happen, incidentally.)” ~ Tod Goldberg
  35. “I have amazing collaborators as well, but I want to learn more and be a self-contained unit.” ~ FKA twigs
  36. “When I’m on my own with my camera, taking these pictures, it feels as if I am in a room of my own, a self-contained world.” ~ Patti Smith

  37. “My father could be very distancing. My clearest memory is of him squatting, watering plants for hours and hours at a time, completely silent. He was very self-contained; my mother was more outgoing and chatty and social. I’m certainly more like her.” ~ John Malkovich
  38. “Figured Bass (Harmony) and Religion are self-contained things, one should not argue these.” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
  39. “A life of wealth and many belongings is only a means to happiness. Honor, power, and success cannot be happiness because they depend on the whims of others, and happiness should be self-contained, complete in itself.” ~ Aristotle
  40. “For me, I work very self-contained. It’s literally just me sitting in a room doing it until the very end of the process when other musicians come in and instruments are recorded.” ~ Steven Price

  41. “Ayn Rand held that art is a ‘re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgements.’ By its nature, therefore, a novel (like a statue or a symphony) does not require or tolerate an explanatory preface; it is a self-contained universe, aloof from commentary, beckoning the reader to enter, perceive, respond.” ~ Leonard Peikoff
  42. “As a human being Plato mingles regal, exclusive, and self-contained features with melancholy compassion.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  43. “[Maigret] is terribly self-contained, not that I would ever wish him to be any more comic, particularly, but in the second film we’ve made you see he’s a little more ironic from time to time. But as I say, that’s just work in progress.” ~ Rowan Atkinson
  44. “With all deference to Chairman Mao and other authors whose quotations derive from longer works, it seemed that I was becoming the world’s first writer of self-contained ready-made quotations.” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

  45. “Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them, it’s because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you’ll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga.” ~ William Zinsser
  46. “It is the transcendent (or ‘abstract’ or ‘self-contained’) nature of music that the new so called concretism–Pop Art, eighteen-hour slices-of-reality films, musique concrete–opposes. But instead of bringing art and reality closer together, the new movement merely thins out the distinction.” ~ Igor Stravinsky
  47. “When I make a photograph I want it to be an altogether new object, complete and self-contained, whose basic condition is order (unlike the world of events and actions whose permanent condition is change and disorder).” ~ Aaron Siskind
  48. “Each energy calls for its complementary energy to achieve self-contained stability based on the play of energies.” ~ Paul Klee

  49. “Science itself is badly in need of integration and unification. The tendency is more and more the other way … Only the graduate student, poor beast of burden that he is, can be expected to know a little of each. As the number of physicists increases, each specialty becomes more self-sustaining and self-contained. Such Balkanization carries physics, and indeed, every science further away, from natural philosophy, which, intellectually, is the meaning and goal of science.” ~ Isidor Isaac Rabi
  50. “The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.” ~ Billy Graham
  51. “Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.” ~ Susan Cain
  52. “I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long.” ~ Walt Whitman

  53. “Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-contained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no colour from the outer world.” ~ Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  54. “One could say: “The boundary condition of the universe is that it has no boundary.” The universe would be completely self-contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE.” ~ Stephen Hawking
  55. “So long as the Universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the Universe is really completely self-contained, it would have neither beginning or end, it would simply be. What place then for a creator?” ~ Stephen Hawking
  56. “I love doing stand-up. It’s so self-contained – you go there, you do it, you go home – but with telly, there are too many people involved with it with opinions. You have a product, and everyone wants to change it.” ~ Jo Brand

  57. “Freud made the discovery- quite genuinely, simply through working on his own material- that the more deeply one explores the phenomena of human individuation, the more unreservedly one grasps the individual as a self-contained and dynamic entity, the closer one draws to that in the individual which is really no longer individual.” ~ Theodor Adorno
  58. “I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained; I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition; They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins; They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God; Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things; Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago; Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.” ~ Walt Whitman
  59. “Naturalism is the view that the physical world is a self-contained system that works by blind, unbroken natural laws. Naturalism doesn’t come right out and say there’s nothing beyond nature. Rather, it says that nothing beyond nature could have any conceivable relevance to what happens in nature. Naturalism’s answer to theism is not atheism but benign neglect. People are welcome to believe in God, though not a God who makes a difference in the natural order.” ~ William A. Dembski
  60. “I don’t have many friends. It’s not because I’m a misanthrope. It’s because I’m reserved. I’m self-contained. I get all my adventures in my head when I’m writing my books.” ~ Ian Rankin

  61. “The day is refracted, and the next and the one after that, all of them broken up into a hundred juggled segments, each brilliant and self-contained so that the hours are no longer linear but assorted like bright sweets in a jar.” ~ Penelope Lively
  62. “Life is not an orderly progression, self-contained like a musical scale or a quadratic equation… If one is to record one’s life truthfully, one must aim at getting into the record of it something of the disorderly discontinuity which makes it so absurd, unpredictable, bearable.” ~ Leonard Woolf
  63. “Hollywood gives a young girl the aura of one giant, self-contained orgy farm, its inhabitants dedicated to crawling into every pair of pants they can find.” ~ Veronica Lake

  64. “I liked the idea of a self-contained, endless pursuit of perfection. But I have a problem with perfection. I don’t think perfection is very artful. But there’s something I liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn’t have any real endpoint. So the object is not to stop or arrive anywhere; it’s just to make this thing as beautiful as they can.” ~ Elliott Smith
  65. “The thing about living in a village at the foot of a mountain is that the world for you becomes, without thinking about it, self-contained. People are of two kinds, really: from the Valley, and from Elsewhere.” ~ Henry Louis Gates

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