Independence quotes

  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Character #People #Independence

  • I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Spring #Feelings #Independence

  • There is, first, the desire for strength, for achievement, for adequacy, for confidence in the face of the world, and for independence and freedom. Secondly, we have what we may call the desire for reputation or prestige
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Achievement #Independence #Desire

  • At the age of three my grand aunt proclaimed her independence by categorically refusing to have her feet bound, resolutely tearing off the bandages as fast as they were applied.
    -- Adeline Yen Mah

    #Aunt #Feet #Independence

  • What we have to fight the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the Creator.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Fighting #People #Independence

  • Resisting conformity and developing some small eccentricities are among the steps to independence and self-confidence.
    -- Al MacInnis

    #Education #Self Confidence #Independence

  • Nothing important was ever accomplished without chutzpah. Columbus had chutzpah. The signers of the Declaration of Independence had chutzpah. Don't ever aim doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Laughing #Independence #Doubt

  • Great research universities must insist on independence from government and on the exercise of academic freedom.
    -- Alan Dershowitz

    #Exercise #Government #Independence

  • You can't have it both ways. Either our rights come from God, as our Declaration of Independence says, or they come from human choice. If they come from human choice, then our whole way of life is meaningless, it has no foundation.
    -- Alan Keyes

    #Rights #Choices #Independence

  • I am proud that [I was] , , , enabled to guide this great talent . . . towards the superb fulfillment of its individual potentialities, towards the greatest independence.
    -- Alban Berg

    #Music #Independence #Proud

  • A craving for freedom and independence is generated only in a man still living on hope.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Men #Independence #Craving

  • The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence -- these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Stars #Justice #Independence

  • We are Scotland's independence generation. And our time is now
    -- Alex Salmond

    #Scotland #Independence #Generations

  • Away with the idea of getting independence first, and looking for liberty afterwards... Our liberties, once lost, may be lost forever.
    -- Alexander H. Stephens

    #Ideas #Forever #Independence

  • The attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every state in the Union.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Independence #Unions #States

  • The more I view the independence of the press in its principal effects, the more I convince myself that among the moderns the independence of the press is the capital and so to speak the constitutive element of freedom.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Views #Independence #Elements

  • Independence is useful, but caring attitudes and behaviors shrivel up in a culture where each person is responsible only for himself.
    -- Alfie Kohn

    #Attitude #Caring #Independence

  • I valued my independence from an early age and was always something of a individualist … Well, a show-off anyway.
    -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    #Independence #Age #Wells

  • Conservatives understand that the power that binds our republic together is fierce independence held high on the shoulders of compassion.
    -- Allen West

    #Compassion #Independence #Together

  • What you perceive as "liberal" is my independence to choose what i do, with whom, and when. Moreover, it also means that i may choose not to do it, with anyone, ever.
    -- Ana Castillo

    #Mean #Independence #May

  • Mature people relate to each other without the need to merge.
    -- Anais Nin

    #People #Independence #Needs

  • True joy is independence of circumstances - Choose to rejoice!
    -- Andrew Wommack

    #Jesus #Joy #Independence

  • All Americans mourn the passing of the author of the Declaration of Independence, George Jefferson.
    -- Andy Borowitz

    #Independence #Passing #Mourn

  • Camping has become one of my most beloved pastimes. I take a fierce delight in swinging a pak o my back or into a canoe and heading for the hills or lakes. In my opinion, camping can be the greatest expression of free will, personal independence, innate ability, and resourcefulness possible today in our industrialized, urbanized existence. Regardless of how miserable or how splendid the circumstances, the sheer experience of camping seems a total justification for doing it.
    -- Anne LaBastille

    #Lakes #Expression #Independence

  • Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure.
    -- Aristotle

    #Happiness #Independence #May

  • I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that's recognized.
    -- Arlen Specter

    #Thinking #Judging #Independence

  • Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group.
    -- Aslan Maskhadov

    #Ambition #Independence #Survival

  • The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Independence #Mind #Needs

  • Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Inspirational #Freedom #Independence

  • Degrees of ability vary, but the basic principle remains the same: the degree of a man's independence, initiative and personal love for his work determines his talent as a worker and his worth as a man. Independence is the only gauge of human virtue and value. What a man is and makes of himself; not what he has or hasn't done for others. There is no substitute for personal dignity. There is no standard of personal dignity except independence.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Men #Independence #Principles

  • Instead of being taught independence, energy, and enterprise, our youth today is taught to look for security.
    -- B. Carroll Reece

    #Independence #Energy #Looks

  • If America was trying to keep the bubonic plague out of its hemisphere, Canadians would import it just to show their independence of American foreign policy.
    -- Barbara Amiel

    #America #Independence #Trying

  • Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Doctors #Philadelphia #Independence

  • Eminent nutritionists have traded their independence for the food industry's favors.
    -- Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal

    #Dark #Independence #Age

  • Socrates was the chief saint of the Stoics throughout their history ; his attitude at the time of his trial, his refusal to escape, his calmness in the face of death , and his contention that the perpetrator of injustice injures himself more than his victim, all fitted in perfectly with Stoic teaching. So did his indifference to heat and cold, his plainness in matters of food and dress, and his complete independence of all bodily comforts.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Attitude #Teaching #Independence

  • If arithmetic overflow is a fatal error, some fascist pig with a read-only mind is trying to enforce machine independence.
    -- Bill Gosper

    #Errors #Pigs #Independence

  • Say That! is an iron fist upside the mushy head of smooth jazz, and Grant Geissman's defiant declaration of independence.
    -- Bill Milkowski

    #Iron #Independence #Fists

  • Declare independence, don't let them do that to you!
    -- Bjork


  • I believe the reason for my early independence is sport, through which I learnt at an early stage to take care of myself and be disciplined.
    -- Blanka Vlasic

    #Sports #Believe #Independence

  • At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.
    -- Booker T. Washington

    #Education #Race #Independence

  • Liberty sets the mind free, fosters independence and unorthodox thinking and ideas. But it does not offer instant prosperity or happiness and wealth to everyone.
    -- Boris Yeltsin

    #Thinking #Ideas #Independence

  • Russia also declared its independence. This was approved by the Supreme Soviet, and you know and remember that there was the Declaration on the Independence of Russia
    -- Boris Yeltsin

    #Russia #Independence #Remember

  • Financial security and independence are like a three-legged stool resting on savings, insurance and investments
    -- Brian Tracy

    #Independence #Three #Saving

  • To be wealthy you must develop a burning desire for wealth and financial independence.
    -- Brian Tracy

    #Independence #Desire #Burning

  • True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Motivational #Freedom #Independence

  • We are opposing the exploitation of man by man, similarly we must oppose the exploitation of peoples by other peoples ... but today this is no longer enough ... we have to assist the peoples fighting for their independence to develop their economies, to increase their standard of living
    -- Bruno Kreisky

    #Fighting #Men #Independence

  • I learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed.
    -- Bryce Courtenay

    #Flames #Long #Independence

  • What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.
    -- C. S. Lewis

    #Men #Independence #Instruments

  • the independence of the artist is one of the great safeguards of the freedom of the human spirit.
    -- C. V. Wedgwood

    #Artist #Independence #Spirit

  • Divorce in a young-adult novel means what being orphaned meant in a fairy tale: vulnerability, danger, unwanted independence.
    -- Caitlin Flanagan

    #Mean #Divorce #Independence

  • Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don't waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.
    -- Candice Bergen

    #Men #Independence #Domestic Violence

  • The American Revolution and Declaration of Independence, it has often been argued, were fueled by the most radical of all American political ideas.
    -- Carl Bernstein

    #Ideas #Political #Independence

  • To ask whether the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence is true or false, is essentially a meaningless question.
    -- Carl L. Becker

    #Philosophy #Rights #Independence

  • The fact is, we cannot drill our way to oil independence.
    -- Carl Pope

    #Oil #Independence #Way

  • We can reduce the effect of future disruptions by reducing our dependence on oil, not putting up more rigs and drilling our special places. The fact is, we cannot drill our way to oil independence.
    -- Carl Pope

    #Oil #Independence #Special

  • Both the Freudian and the Platonic metaphors emphasize the considerable independence of and tension among the constituent parts of the psyche, a point that characterizes the human condition.
    -- Carl Sagan

    #Psychology #Independence #Metaphor

  • In July, 1892, fate suddenly granted me financial independence.
    -- Carl Spitteler

    #Fate #July #Independence

  • Marriage is another trap. If you are someone who likes independence, it's another stamp against that. And you have to swear to fidelity.
    -- Carla Bruni

    #Independence #Likes #Fidelity

  • I do need my independence. I have to have that.
    -- Carol Vorderman

    #Independence #Needs

  • Independence is never given to a people, it has to be earned; and, once earned, must be defended.
    -- Chaim Weizmann

    #People #Independence #Given

  • I'm for economic independence.
    -- Charles Evers

    #Independence #Economic

  • Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
    -- Charlotte Bronte

    #Self #Independence #Lasts

  • China not only fights for her own independence, but also for the liberation of every oppressed nation. For us, the Atlantic Charter and President Roosevelts proclamation of the Four Freedoms for all peoples are corner-stones of our fighting faith.
    -- Chiang Kai-shek

    #Fighting #Independence #President

  • It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?
    -- Chris Gardner

    #Pursuit Of Happiness #Thinking #Independence

  • Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks.
    -- Chris Rock

    #White #Independence #Slave

  • I voted against my party with some frequency, because of my independence. I've just got to remind Missourians that I am independent and that I try to call them like I see them, and sometimes my party is wrong on some things.
    -- Claire McCaskill

    #Party #Independent #Independence

  • The stability of the internal medium is a primary condition for the freedom and independence of certain living bodies in relation to the environment surrounding them.
    -- Claude Bernard

    #Independence #Body #Environment

  • Joe Smith and Brigham Young laid out Independence, but very soon thereafter enough citizens of the county collected to drive them off, after several stubborn fights.
    -- Cole Younger

    #Fighting #Independence #Citizens

  • I've tried to maintain my independence in Congress. Sometimes that has meant opposing my own party leaders.
    -- Collin Peterson

    #Party #Leader #Independence

  • In America we have a Declaration of Independence, but our history, our advancements, our global strength all point to an American declaration of interdependence.
    -- Cory Booker

    #America #Independence #Advancement

  • I don't have good business sense. You never get much money for the arts. But I like independence. I like to grow.
    -- Cyndi Lauper

    #Art #Independence #Good Business

  • All I asked for was equality and independence. A rotating chairmanship might have been the answer.
    -- D. J. Enright

    #Independence #Might #Answers

  • When we are caught up in a destructive emotion, we lose one of our greatest assets: our independence.
    -- Dalai Lama

    #Independence #Emotion #Assets

  • The hydrogen powered car, with its high fuel mileage and zero emission rate, is just one example of the products under development that will help increase our energy independence.
    -- Dan Lipinski

    #Zero #Car #Independence

  • Britain is characterized not just by its independence but, above all, by its openness.
    -- David Cameron

    #Independence #Britain #Openness

  • I've always had great independence on everything I've done. Nobody's ever told me not to do anything.
    -- David Gordon Green

    #Independence #Done

  • According to Adams, Jefferson proposed that he, Adams, do the writing [pf the Declaration of Independence], but that he declined, telling Jefferson he must do it. Why?" Jefferson asked, as Adams would recount. Reasons enough," Adams said. What can be your reasons?" Reason first: you are a Virginian and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second: I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third: You can write ten times better than I can.
    -- David McCullough

    #Writing #Independence #Firsts

  • Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What activity makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply?
    -- David Steindl-Rast

    #Wind #Independence #Different

  • Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.
    -- Davy Crockett

    #Forever #Independence #Liberty

  • Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.
    -- Deborah Tannen

    #Communication #Independence #Cogs

  • The desire for freedom and independence becomes more of an issue for many men in relationships, whereas interdependence and connection become more of an issue for many women.
    -- Deborah Tannen

    #Men #Issues #Independence

  • Though all humans need both intimacy and independence, women tend to focus on the first and men on the second. It is as if their lifeblood ran in different directions.
    -- Deborah Tannen

    #Men #Focus #Independence

  • Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence
    -- Deborah Tannen

    #Communication #Independence #Needs

  • If the Constitution is worth anything, if the Declaration of Independence is worth anything, if the boys who died on the field of battle did not die in vain, fair employment practices are correct and necessary.
    -- Dennis Chavez

    #Boys #Practice #Independence

  • I play a curator, the most American part you can think of. My work is to protect the Declaration of Independence. I work at the National Archives in Washington.
    -- Diane Kruger

    #Thinking #Play #Independence

  • The more developed a nation is, the more complete is the independence of the individual, and the safer the individual from encroachments by another.
    -- Dmitry Pisarev

    #Freedom #Independence #Individual

  • In the over two centuries since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, millions of Americans have bravely served our nation in uniform so that all generations can continue to enjoy those same liberties.
    -- Doc Hastings

    #Two #Independence #Liberty

  • Was I the only woman in the world who, at my age - and after a lifetime of quite rampant independence - still did not quite feel grown up?
    -- Dodie Smith

    #Independence #Age #World

  • To marry is to surrender everything--not only your body but your pride, your independence, even your life.
    -- Donna Woolfolk Cross

    #Pride #Independence #Body

  • Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad– including your own bad.
    -- Doris Lessing

    #Advice #Independence #Judgment

  • Every increase of needs tends to increase one's independence on outside forces over which one cannont have control and therefore increases existential fear
    -- E. F. Schumacher

    #Independence #Needs #Existential

  • The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.
    -- Eddie Rickenbacker

    #Character #Imagination #Independence

  • The first of earthly blessings, independence.
    -- Edward Gibbon

    #Single #Blessing #Independence

  • The road to energy independence, economic recovery, and greenhouse gas reductions runs through the building sector.
    -- Edward Mazria

    #Running #Recovery #Independence

  • The attitude of independence toward a constructed language which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage, because it tends to make man see himself as the master of language instead of its obedient servant.
    -- Edward Sapir

    #Attitude #Men #Independence

  • To start with, for example this year, 2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence.
    -- Edwidge Danticat

    #Years #Independence #Example

  • The camera is, in a sense, both a way to get close, and to break free. It is a testimony to independence as well as a new way to relate to the world
    -- Elinor Carucci

    #Independence #Cameras #World

  • I value my own independence so highly that I can fancy no degradation greater than that of having another man perpetually directing and advising and lecturing me, or even planning too closely in any way about my actions. He might be the wisest of men, or the most powerful--I should equally rebel and resent his interference...
    -- Elizabeth Gaskell

    #Powerful #Men #Independence

  • A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
    -- Ellen Glasgow

    #Success #Independence #Credit

  • I had no place in any coterie, or in any reciprocal self-advertising. I stood alone. I stood outside. I wanted only to learn. I wanted only to write better.
    -- Ellen Glasgow

    #Writing #Independence