quotations about independence
The individual must be independent and free within his own sphere or cease to be an individual.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, speech, May 30, 1924
The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame. The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is someone outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; some one strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammelled by convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action.
WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at the unveiling of a memorial to T. E. Lawrence, Oct. 3, 1936
Independence is for the very few; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it even with the best right but without inner constraint proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring to the point of recklessness. He enters into a labyrinth, he multiplies a thousandfold dangers which life brings with it in any case, not the least of which is that no one can see how and where he loses his way, becomes lonely, and is torn piecemeal by some minotaur of conscience. Supposing one like that comes to grief, this happens so far from the comprehension of men that they neither feel it nor sympathize. And he cannot go back any longer.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Beyond Good and Evil
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre
But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.
MEGAN WHALEN TURNER, The King of Attolia
I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine: Every man for himself and God for us all.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote
Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.
THOMAS PAINE, Rights of Man
Voyager upon life's sea:--
To yourself be true,
And whate'er your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.
EDWARD P. PHILPOTS, "Paddle Your Own Canoe", Harper's Monthly, May 1854
A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach.
SENECA, Letters from a Stoic
It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing--that's the Lord's test.
MAHALIA JACKSON, Movin' On Up
The value of money is that with it we can tell any man to go to the devil.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
A lofty sense of independence is, in man, the best privilege of his nature.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, Lodore
To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.
GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL, Outlines of the Philosophy of Right
It is precisely those who are apparently aloof from the world who build for themselves a remarkable and thoroughly individual world in miniature, using their own special equipment, termite-like.
STEFAN ZWEIG, Chess Story
Freedom is the crux of self-respect. It is difficult to feel good about ourselves when we are unnaturally dependent on someone or something.
DAVID J. LIEBERMAN, Find Out Who's Normal and Who's Not
The fewer our wants the more independent we are of our fellow creatures.
WALTER MATTHEWS, "Independence", Human Life from Many Angles
Independence, the freedom of a self-governing nation, is in my estimation the highest political good, for which any disadvantage, if need be, and any sacrifice are a cheap price.
ENOCH POWELL, speech at Stockport, June 8, 1973
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
W. COBBETT, attributed, Day's Collacon
Independence, like honor, is a rocky island without a beach.
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Day's Collacon
So the fact that I'm me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.
HARUKI MURAKAMI, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running