Independence is exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.
- It is a great folly to lose the inner man in order to gain the outer, that is, to give up the whole or the greater part of one’s quiet, leisure, and independence for splendour, rank, pomp, titles and honours.
- Arthur Schopenhauer, “Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life,” Parerga und Paralipomena, E. Payne, trans. (1974) Vol. 1, p. 334
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 391.
- 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 (1605-15), Part I, Book III, Chapter XI.
- All we ask is to be let alone.
- Jefferson Davis, First Message to the Confederate Congress (April 29, 1861).
- When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
- The whole trouble is that we won't let God help us.
- George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie, Chapter XXVII.
- My anxiety is not that this community's autonomy would be usurped by Peking, but that it could be given away bit by bit by some people in Hong Kong.
- Voyager upon life's sea:—
To yourself be true,
And whate'er your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.
- Dr. Edward P. Philpots, Paddle your own Canoe; Written for Harry Clifton. Appeared in Harper's Monthly, May 1854. See Notes and Queries, May 25, 1901, p. 414. Another song written by Mrs. S. K. Bolton has same refrain. Pub. in Family Herald, 1853. Also in Song by Mrs. Sarah Tittle. (Barritt).
- America is a country that seems forever to be toddler or teenager, at those two stages of human development characterized by conflict between autonomy and security.
- Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favours nor your hate.
- Thy spirit, Independence, let me share!
Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye,
Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,
Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
- Tobias Smollett, Ode to Independence, line 1.
- Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven's next best gift,
To that of life and an immortal soul!
- James Thomson, Liberty, Part V, line 124.
- L'injustice à la fin produit l'indépendance.
- Injustice in the end produces independence.
- Voltaire, Tancrède, III. 2.
- Independence now: and INDEPENDENCE FOREVER.
- Daniel Webster, Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson (Aug. 2, 1826).