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"Self-made man" is a classic phrase coined on February 2, 1842 by Henry Clay in the United States Senate, to describe individuals whose success lay within the individuals themselves, not with outside conditions. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, has been described as the greatest exemplar of the self-made man. Inspired by Franklin's autobiography, Frederick Douglass developed the concept of the self-made man in a series of lectures that spanned decades starting in 1879. Originally, the term referred to an individual who arises from a poor or otherwise disadvantaged background to eminence in financial, political or other areas by nurturing qualities, such as perseverance and hard work, as opposed to achieving these goals through inherited fortune, family c

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  • العصامي من بشرف نفسه ويقابله وهو من ساد بشرف آبائه، مأخوذ من المثل كن عصاميا ولا تكن عظاميا وهو منسوب إلى عصام حاجب النعمان الذي قال فيه النابغة نفس عصام سودت عصاما وعلمته الكر والإقداما ومنه أيضا في المثل ما وراءك يا عصام، يضرب مثلا في الاستخبار وخوطب به في الأصل عصام حاجب النعمان. (ar)
  • Self-made man (au pluriel self-made men, litt. « un homme qui s'est fait lui-même ») est un terme anglo-américain qui sert à décrire une personne dont le succès est la conséquence de ses décisions et de ses actions, plutôt que de conditions extérieures à celle-ci. L'Américain Benjamin Franklin a été décrit comme l'exemple phare du self-made man. Inspiré par son autobiographie, Frederick Douglass a développé le concept dans une série de conférences qu'il a prononcées sur plusieurs décennies à partir de 1859. Initialement, le terme renvoie à un individu qui s'est élevé d'une condition humble pour atteindre une position éminente en finance, en politique ou tout autre domaine grâce à ses compétences plutôt que par un héritage, des liens familiaux ou tout autre privilège. Depuis le milieu des années 1950, le succès aux États-Unis rime avec succès en affaires. D'autres termes, tels que « transclasse » voire « parvenu » ou « arriviste » décrivent une notion proche du self-made man. Le self-made man peut se concevoir comme une prolongation moderne du mythe de Prométhée. Certains héros de la littérature sont a posteriori considérés comme des self-made men, tels que Julien Sorel dans Le Rouge et le noir de Stendhal, Eugène de Rastignac dans Le Père Goriot de Balzac ou Bel-Ami dans le roman éponyme de Maupassant. (fr)
  • "Self-made man" is a classic phrase coined on February 2, 1842 by Henry Clay in the United States Senate, to describe individuals whose success lay within the individuals themselves, not with outside conditions. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, has been described as the greatest exemplar of the self-made man. Inspired by Franklin's autobiography, Frederick Douglass developed the concept of the self-made man in a series of lectures that spanned decades starting in 1879. Originally, the term referred to an individual who arises from a poor or otherwise disadvantaged background to eminence in financial, political or other areas by nurturing qualities, such as perseverance and hard work, as opposed to achieving these goals through inherited fortune, family connections, or other privileges. By the mid-1950s, success in the United States generally implied "business success". In the intellectual and cultural history of the United States, the idea of the self-made man as an archetype or cultural ideal has been criticized by some as being a myth or a cult. (en)
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  • العصامي من بشرف نفسه ويقابله وهو من ساد بشرف آبائه، مأخوذ من المثل كن عصاميا ولا تكن عظاميا وهو منسوب إلى عصام حاجب النعمان الذي قال فيه النابغة نفس عصام سودت عصاما وعلمته الكر والإقداما ومنه أيضا في المثل ما وراءك يا عصام، يضرب مثلا في الاستخبار وخوطب به في الأصل عصام حاجب النعمان. (ar)
  • Self-made man (au pluriel self-made men, litt. « un homme qui s'est fait lui-même ») est un terme anglo-américain qui sert à décrire une personne dont le succès est la conséquence de ses décisions et de ses actions, plutôt que de conditions extérieures à celle-ci. (fr)
  • "Self-made man" is a classic phrase coined on February 2, 1842 by Henry Clay in the United States Senate, to describe individuals whose success lay within the individuals themselves, not with outside conditions. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, has been described as the greatest exemplar of the self-made man. Inspired by Franklin's autobiography, Frederick Douglass developed the concept of the self-made man in a series of lectures that spanned decades starting in 1879. Originally, the term referred to an individual who arises from a poor or otherwise disadvantaged background to eminence in financial, political or other areas by nurturing qualities, such as perseverance and hard work, as opposed to achieving these goals through inherited fortune, family c (en)
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  • عصامية (ar)
  • Self-made man (en)
  • Self-made man (fr)
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