Independence - Quotes & Sayings

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My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.

Charlotte Bronte

The American Dream is independence and being able to create that dream for yourself.

Marsha Blackburn

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.

James Cash Penney

Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent, she has the ability to live life on her own terms. I think that was the soundest advice that I ever got. No matter where you go in life or who you get married to, you have to be financially independent - whether you use it or not.

Priyanka Chopra

Solitude is independence.

Hermann Hesse

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.

Ho Chi Minh

I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life - and I became that woman.

Diane von Furstenberg

The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.

Caroline Kennedy

I was born with a fierce need for independence.

Michelle Williams

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.

Henry Van Dyke

Simply by starting to cook again, you declare your independence from the culture of fast food. As soon as you cook, you start thinking about ingredients. You start thinking about plants and animals and not the microwave. And you will find that your diet, just by that one simple act, that is greatly improved.

Michael Pollan

I have an independent streak. You know, it's kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do.

Betty Ford

The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village.

Marshall McLuhan

Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.

George Henry Lewes

No matter how good you are, at some point your kids are gonna have to create their own independence and think that Mom and Dad aren't cool, just to establish themselves. That's what adolescence is about. They're gonna go through that no matter what.

Eddie Vedder

Bread without flesh is a good diet, as on many botanical excursions I have proved. Tea also may easily be ignored. Just bread and water and delightful toil is all I need - not unreasonably much, yet one ought to be trained and tempered to enjoy life in these brave wilds in full independence of any particular kind of nourishment.

John Muir

Injustice in the end produces independence.

Voltaire

Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It's fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people.

William J. Clinton

Socialism is a sacred cause for realizing the demand and desire of the masses of the people for independence; it is a revolutionary cause that advances amid a fierce struggle against imperialism and all other counterrevolutionary forces.

Kim Jong-un

It was by one Union that we achieved our independence and liberties, and by it alone can they be maintained.

James Monroe

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.

John D. Rockefeller

If a newspaper is to be of real service to the public, it must have a big circulation: first, because its news and its comments must reach the largest possible number of people; second, because circulation means advertising, and advertising means money, and money means independence.

Joseph Pulitzer

Perhaps my problem in marriage - and it is the problem of many women - was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.

Hedy Lamarr

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

Eddie Rickenbacker

It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

James A. Baldwin

If the citizens of the United States are to turn away from the Communist Manifesto and preserve the purpose of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and our Bill of Rights, we must first thoroughly reexamine and learn about each of them, and uphold America's founding documents by testing every political action in light of them.

Chuck Norris

It's so important to have that independence. You know it yourself: Everyone needs evenings of their own.

Olivia Wilde

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.

Calvin Coolidge

We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.

Charles de Montesquieu

Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence.

Henry Cabot Lodge

Autonomy leads to empowerment. We work hard to maintain a balance between collaboration and cooperation and independence.

Bobby Kotick

The truth is that since childhood I had cultivated an existential independence. It came from perceiving the adults around me as unreliable, and without it I felt I wouldn't have survived. I cared deeply for everyone in my family, but in the end I depended on myself.

Sonia Sotomayor

I am in favor of carrying out the Declaration of Independence to women as well as men. Women having to suffer the burdens of society and government should have their equal rights in it. They do not receive their rights in full proportion.

Leland Stanford

It is 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

I'm totally committed to the cause of individuality. That's the only thing I stand by: independence.

Juliana Hatfield

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

Caitlin Flanagan

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

George Bernard Shaw

Things go bad after a divorce and often stay that way. It is rare for the parties to return placidly to a time before they met. A bitterness lingers on. Those who call this our Independence Day, fantasising of returning to a never-never time before they married, when they were free, easy, single, and master of their fate, are delusional.

Howard Jacobson

We have had in our nation a well-celebrated Declaration of Independence. But our success as a country will depend upon a new 'Declaration of Inter-dependence.' A belief in how much we need each other, how much we share one common destiny.

Cory Booker

We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance, and old-fashioned gumption. We really do.

Robert M. Pirsig

I have an interesting perspective on depending on others. I think it gives people a chance to serve. And I'm not so much big on independence, as I am on interdependence. I'm not talking about co-dependency, I'm talking about giving people the opportunity to practicing love with its sleeves rolled up.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.

Mary Wollstonecraft

If you think Independence Day is America's defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.

Tony Snow

The best relationship is one that does not foster too much independence nor too much dependence, but exists in the healthy interdependence zone.

Karen Salmansohn

Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.

Stephen Breyer

The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

When I was four, my mother insisted I get out of the car and find my own way home. Although I got lost, I did find my way home. It taught me the value of independence at an early age.

Richard Branson

I don't like asking people for things, so if I can do it myself, that's the mindset I have. My dad is very much a do-it-yourself kind of person, so I had a strong sense of independence.

Nathan Blecharczyk