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It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent. W. Somerset Maugham
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. Alexis de Tocqueville
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. John D. Rockefeller
Every one is a man. if you walk on two legs, you're a man. It's that simple. Newton Knight
Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. Walt Disney
There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance. William F. Buckley Jr.
Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism. George Henry Lewes
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
Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought. Emma Goldman
I have an independent streak. You know, it's kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do. Betty Ford
The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. James Cash Penney
Women today are dealing with both their independence and also the fact that their lives are built around finding and satisfying the romantic models we grew up with. Jane Campion
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment. Beverly Sills
Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever. David Crockett
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent. Nicolas Chamfort
The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness. John Piper
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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. Anna Quindlen
The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it. John Hancock
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
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. Susan B. Anthony
I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed. Martha Stewart
The Declaration of Independence was to set forth the moral justification of a rebellion against a long-recognized political tradition - the divine right of kings. Ezra Taft Benson
True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right. Brigham Young
In the summer of 1776 our Founding Fathers sought to secure our independence and the liberties that remain the foundation of our nation today. Doc Hastings
The most effective check and balance on government has been an independent press which maintains its credibility by ensuring that its criticism is balanced and based on fact - based indeed on solid journalistic work. Malcolm Turnbull
Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent. Jim Rohn
The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession. Henry Cabot Lodge
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. George Bernard Shaw
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
The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about. Marian Wright Edelman
There's no such thing as an independent person. Peter Jennings
Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage. Marianne Moore
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
True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one's true character, to be altogether one's self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion. Corliss Lamont
Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want. Stephen Breyer
The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. James Madison
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. Calvin Coolidge
I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice. Jack Kevorkian
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. B. R. Ambedkar
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence. Eddie Rickenbacker
I think there's great potential for autonomy, but we have to remember that we live in a world where people may have free will but have not invented their circumstances. Thomas Frank
Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts. Stephen Breyer
We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance, and old-fashioned gumption. We really do. Robert M. Pirsig
I cannot compromise or inhibit my independence. Walter Annenberg
The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power. Theodor Adorno
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. James A. Baldwin
The beliefs expressed in the Declaration of Independence remain a standard for our nation today. They also remain a standard for those nations across the globe striving to achieve democracy. Paul Gillmor
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Bronte
I guess you'd call me an independent, since I've never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label. Jackie Robinson
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
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
Independence is happiness. Susan B. Anthony
Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence. David Ben-Gurion
Many a revolution started with the actions of a few. Only 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. A few hanging together can lead a nation to change. Wynton Marsalis
Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis
Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more. Maya Angelou
The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. John Stuart Mill
You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. William J. H. Boetcker
Spending only what the country can afford, rewarding savings, encouraging independence, supporting marriage: people know that these things are common sense. William Hague
Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government. Paul Ryan
All great enterprises have a pearl of faith at their core, and this must be ours: that Americans are still a people born to liberty. That they retain the capacity for self-government. That, addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy. Mitch Daniels
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 don't think it's a Western thing to really talk about intrinsic motivation and the drive for autonomy, mastery and purpose. You have to not be struggling for survival. For people who don't know where their next meal is coming, notions of finding inner motivation are comical. Daniel H. Pink
It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That's set out in the Constitution. Sandra Day O'Connor
A free and truly independent press - fiercely independent when necessary - is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy. Dan Rather
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. William J. H. Boetcker
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
One single vision fills all minds: that of our independence endangered. One single duty imposes itself upon our wills: the duty of stubborn resistance. King Albert II
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. Malcolm Forbes
I have grown up alone. I've taken care of myself. I worked, earned money and was independent at 18. Ingrid Bergman
I will be vigilant to protect the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court, and I will work to ensure that it upholds the rule of law and safeguards those liberties that make this land one of endless possibilities for all Americans. John Roberts
Injustice in the end produces independence. Voltaire
Conservatives understand that the power that binds our republic together is fierce independence held high on the shoulders of compassion. Allen West
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
Men spend their whole lives showing that they're strong and silent. They fight for independence the way women struggle to connect. George Weinberg
The world is independent of my will. Ludwig Wittgenstein
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
A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United States was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia. Mercy Otis Warren
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. Thomas J. Watson
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. Virginia Woolf
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants. William Cobbett
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. Bill Clinton