257 Inspiring Quotes about Independence

Are you looking for inspirational quotes about independence? Inspiring Lizard has got you covered! In this article we present the 257 most beautiful independence quotes we could find. Let’s get inspired!

Independence quotes

There is a core independence and dignity you get when you control your own time.

— Travis Kalanick

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

We all used to try so hard to fit in. We wanted to look exactly alike, do all the same things, practically be the same person, but when we weren’t looking that all changed….what the summer actually brought was independence from each other.

— Now and Then

It is the press, above all, which wages a positively fanatical and slanderous struggle, tearing down everything which can be regarded as a support of national independence, cultural elevation, and the economic independence of the nation.

— Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

I do know that Syria never will recognize Lebanon as an independent country, and the declaration of independence of Lebanon took place in 1943. Syria never – Syria never have recognized Lebanon. They regard Lebanon as part of Syria.

— Ariel Sharon

My country … gave me schooling independence of action and opportunity for service. … I am indebted to my country beyond any human power to repay.

— Herbert Hoover

The government, under my leadership, will act to implement the rule of law and to maintain the independence of the judicial system, which is one of the pillars of maintaining a democratic system.

— Ariel Sharon

Nowadays all over the world fighting goes on for freedom and independence but it is hard to find anyone to whom the mystery of the godlike freedom of children of the Heavenly Father has been revealed.

— Sophrony Sakharov

I’ve always backed energy independence policies, but I’ve heard from people on this issue like no other. The energy interests of Illinois are far broader and deeper than my North Shore district.

— Mark Kirk

For the first half of this century, High Court judges have been cautious to the point of timidity in expressing any criticism of governmental action; the independence of the judiciary has been of a decidedly subordinate character.

— Ferdinand Mount

The official independence celebration was going to be held over four or five days, and a group of journalists from all over the world was allowed to fly in, because Angola was closed otherwise.

— Ryszard Kapuscinski

We’re wasting our time trying to deal with Baghdad, It’s better to call for independence today.

— Davan Yahya Khalil

The society that embraced him continued to prosper by stressing the family unit and their close-knit community. Hers prospered by forcigng independence and self-sufficiency.

— Sarah Price, Fields of Corn

I have to think of my status as a resident in this country. But I do insist that in Paraguay there was order the judiciary had the power of complete independence justice was fully exercised.

— Alfredo Stroessner

It’s essential for the U.S. and Europe to prevent Putin from going farther and reversing the hard-won independence of former Soviet republics.

— George Packer

I was allowed to wander where I could. Here is a case in which you search for your independence and allow something creative to come out of that.

— George Woodcock

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

A superfluity of wealth, and a train of domestic slaves, naturally banish a sense of general liberty, and nourish the seeds of that kind of independence that usually terminates in aristocracy.

— Mercy Otis Warren

In England the judges should have independence to protect the people against the crown. Here the judges should not be independent of the people, but be appointed for not more than seven years. The people would always re-elect the good judges.

— Andrew Jackson

Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them, they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability.

— John Cornyn

Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty.

— Robert Casey

All I can do is advocate changes at the BBC while respecting editorial independence upon which the success of the BBC rests. I can’t do anything that requires the BBC to pay certain people certain amounts.

— Jeremy Hunt

We do not trust educated people and rarely, alas, produce them, for we do not trust the independence of mind which alone makes a genuine education possible.

— James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

Falling in love is literally falling from your independence to let another control your life

— Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Acumen Fund’s patient capital investment in Western Seed is intended to enhance the food security and economic independence of Kenya’s smallholder farmers.

— Jacqueline Novogratz

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

— Alan Dershowitz

I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan.

— Fred Thompson

Could I say that the reason that I am here today, you know, from the mouth of the State Department itself, is: I should not be allowed to travel because I have struggled for years for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa.

— Paul Robeson

Break the character and independence of your man and you will have an obedient trooper.

— Jan Valtin, Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin

To character and success two things contradictory as they may seem must go together-humble dependence and manly independence humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.

— William Wordsworth

In the true married relationship, the independence of husband and wife will be equal, their dependence mutual, and their obligations reciprocal.

— Lucretia Mott

What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment.

— John Marshall

Since being quite young, I’ve had a very strong sense of independence and survival. As a child, I was on my own two feet emotionally.

— Lena Headey

I try really hard to give my kids as much independence as I can, caring mostly about their character: Are they kind? Generous? Do they work hard?

— Elisabeth Shue

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.

— Ho Chi Minh

The Nazis destroyed the independence of the press by passing series of draconian laws and it seems we are exactly imitating the same with the freedom of the internet by passing Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill.

— Arzak Khan

My mother was an activist so was my father. They came from a generation of young Somalis who were actively involved in getting independence for Somalia in 1960.

— Iman

Israeli independence – what we Arabs call al-Naqba, ‘The Catastrophe’ – it created Palestinian identity more than anything else.

— Sayed Kashua

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

Even as rowers must subsume their often fierce sense of independence and self-reliance, at the same time they must hold true to their individuality, their unique capabilities as oarsmen or oarswomen or, for that matter, as human beings. p 179

— Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

What a man need is simply and solely independence volition, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

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, The World As I See It

There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail.

— Will Rogers

The cost of independence has dropped.

— Jeff Jarvis, What Would Google Do?

Declaring independence was the most traumatic decision I had to live up to. Because I didn’t want to do it.

— Ian Smith

The fact that the price of gasoline has declined some in recent weeks must not allow Americans to be lulled into a false sense of security. Energy independence must rank along with border security as the top priorities of the United States.

— Virgil Goode

Like millions of Scots, I’ve agonised over whether to go for independence or remain with the Union.

— Rory Bremner

My government has promised to comprehensively respect the independence of the judiciary.

— Victor Ponta

For me, the biggest thing with money has always been independence – just the biggest.

— Monica Seles

In Cuba, taking into account the long fight for our independence and sovereignty, we will defend the one-party system in the face of the games, demagogy and the marketing of politics.

— Raul Castro

Democrats creating the expectation that judges should act as politicians in robes is a dangerous precedent to set, threatening the very independence of the judiciary.

— Thom Tillis

While Haiti has recently celebrated more than 200 years of independence from French colonial rule, the citizens of the island remain vulnerable to poverty, poor health, and political chaos.

— Eliot Engel

My son, I don’t believe in God, prayer, afterlife or miracles. You may disagree with me on all of these. I’d prefer that you agree and reserve rebellion and independence over important issues instead.

— Brian Spellman, If the mind fits, shrink it

President after president has said energy independence is critical. But then you have the EPA tasked to go after American companies producing coal and penalizing them. You can’t have it both ways.

— Corey Lewandowski

The speed of movement towards independence will depend on Kosovo demonstrating that it is capable of treating minorities well. We have not always seen that.

— Emma Bonino

My feeling is that maintaining financial independence is also a healthy way to keep my feet on the ground.

— Valerie Trierweiler

If I make a movie in English, the money will come from Europe, so that I can keep my independence and freedom. The way they produce in Hollywood doesn’t fit me.

— Pedro Almodovar

Harry Truman, who was a Bible-believing Christian Zionist, defied the secretary of state he so admired, George C. Marshall, and won a place in Israel’s history by recognizing the new state 11 minutes after it declared its independence in 1948.

— Elliott Abrams

The possession of land seems to be a greater gratification to the pride and independence of men.

— George Richards Minot

How can we have our privacy? How can we have our independence now in these times with these cameras? Because I think privacy and our solitude is really important.

— Parker Posey

I am so old-fashioned. I’ve never lived with a man. I am completely about the independence of paying my own rent.

— Suheir Hammad

I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that’s recognized.

— Arlen Specter

Stamps from Afghanistan are hilarious. You can tell when the revolutions are because suddenly they stop having pictures of the mullahs and the independence monument and they start having fish on them.

— Samuel West

For many young women, the dream of independence and a home of their own is a tantalising goal, while a lifetime devoted solely to catering for another person’s needs would be hard to countenance.

— Mariella Frostrup

In 1949, China declared independence – an event known in Western discourse as ‘the loss of China’ in the U.S. – with bitter recriminations and conflict over who was responsible for that loss.

— Noam Chomsky

Whenever we changed schools, we had to make a new set of friends. At the time, of course, I hated it. But looking back now, I’m really glad I did, because it forces independence on you.

— Patrick deWitt

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

I was brought up in great tenderness, and though my mind was proud to independence, I was never led to much independence of feeling.

— William Godwin

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.

— Harry S Truman

I don’t have luxurious tastes or great needs, but my independence is worth a lot to me.

— Emmanuel Macron

Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.

— Fuad Alakbarov

Scotland forms a crucial part of our Armed Forces which should not be jeopardised by rushed cuts or a rush to the exit from the U.K. Defence jobs are vital to the Scottish economy and yet independence puts thousands of jobs at risk.

— Philip Hammond

I want to emphasize the fact that the independence of Kosovo should and will be recognized.

— Ibrahim Rugova

Let it be immediately added, however, that this economic independence and prosperity has always been absolutely associated in the American mind with free political institutions.

— Herbert Croly

In the economic sphere, the program demanded thorough decentralization and managerial independence of enterprises, as well as legalization of small-scale private enterprise, especially in the service sector.

— Alexander Dubcek

Let’s make sure we’re doing what we can in our own backyard to gain our energy independence and to create American jobs with American energy.

— Cory Gardner

I want there to be another independence referendum at some stage. I want Scotland to be independent, but I wouldn’t choose to have it happen because England votes to come out of the E.U.

— Nicola Sturgeon

I believe that Greenland will achieve independence during the time I am still active in politics.

— Aleqa Hammond

For in marriage a little licence, a little independence there mustbe between people living together day in day out in the same house; which Richard gave her, and shehim.

— Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

I really think we should pass a law in every state, I don’t care whether it takes the independence away from an old person or not. You shouldn’t be driving a car if you’re over the age of 80. Maybe even less than that.

— Evel Knievel

Federal Reserve officials have stressed the importance of the Fed’s independence. But such independence does not mean that it is immune from Congressional oversight.

— Richard Shelby

Only children are weird. The only children I know, including myself, are either superweird or very talented and special or a mix of the two. I think there was always a certain independence and loneliness – I had a lot of imaginary friends as a kid.

— Rachel Bloom

When Al Gore picked Joe Lieberman, it was a clear declaration of independence from President Clinton; no Democrat had been more critical of Clinton’s misconduct.

— Jeff Greenfield

I’m pro-WWE, but also I maintain my independence and speak my true thoughts, never bashing the product. But yes, I can be critical. I’ve earned the right to be critical.

— Stone Cold Steve Austin

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

I think that initial independence is very important that’s what being an entrepreneur is all about.

— Jon Oringer

We do not deny any nation’s legitimate interest in security. But protecting the security of one nation by robbing another of its national independence and national traditions is not legitimate. In the long run, it is not even secure.

— Ronald Reagan, The Quest for Peace, the Cause of Freedom

The second is the damage to the credibility and independence of a free press which may be caused by covert relationships with the U.S. journalists and media organizations.

— Frank Church

There are a few people who are, let’s say, personality-challenged, who would like to set up a cult, but in large part they fail due to the innate stroppiness and independence of their fellow pagans.

— Liz Williams

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

…Goddamn himself for letting his independence slip away from him. He didn’t even know how it had happened, how he had lost the ability to function on his own, or what the hell he was going to do about it now.

— Kimberly Gardner, Too Soon For Love

I’ve never joined any organization – not even the ones I’ve organized myself. I prize my own independence too much.

— Saul Alinsky

Nationality is the miracle of political independence race is the principle of physical analogy.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots.

— Crystal Eastman

The cause of the WPK is a sacred historic cause for fully realizing the independence of the masses of the people, the cause of the Juche revolution.

— Kim Jong-un

When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity.

— Bhumibol Adulyadej

In this effort to attain security, independence and privacy of course were suspect….

— Ursula K. Le Guin, City of Illusions

Living independent might come as appalling as the word to anyone but me. The one who thinks it’s a cool idea and worth it, has sure forgotten that independence comes with a price. If one doesn’t still agree, you gotta try staying at a hostel.

— Parul Wadhwa, The Masquerade

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

— Marshall McLuhan

As I said, men value their independence in a weird way, above practically everything.

— George Weinberg

All the Baltic countries have been steadfast in support of allies of the United States since they gained their independence following the fall of the Soviet Union and have continued to be supportive in the ongoing war on terror.

— John Shimkus

I cherished her individuality, that spark of independence no child should lose to life’s restrictions and parameters.

— Truddi Chase, When Rabbit Howls

I’d rather have the influence than the power, and the influence to me is to build institutions of independence and democracy, to regain for Egypt prestige in education and science and technology.

— Ahmed Zewail

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

Dancing, at its best, is independence and intimacy in balance.

— Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

— Henry Ford

I worry that independence will never feel safe again.

— K.R. Albers, Unavoidable Circles

For the sake of our interests, as well as of our honour and dignity, we were obliged to see that we won for our international policy the same independence that we had secured for our European policy.

— Bernhard von Bulow

It is the union of independence and dependence of these branches – legislative, executive and judicial – and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them, that constitutes the marvellous genius of this unrivalled document.

— J. Reuben Clark

I had fought for my independence and fought for my freedom to do as I chose.

— Kris Kristofferson

Scotland needs comedy more than ever. With the independence debate, finally after 300 years, reaching room temperature.

— Rory Bremner

At the time of independence in 1975, Mozambique was extremely poor. Many Portuguese residents abandoned the country, leaving only a handful of well-educated Mozambicans to try to run the country.

— Henning Mankell

This is one of man’s oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature’s laws?

— Max Planck, Where is Science Going?

If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it.

— Stephen Colbert

The Remain campaign… I’ve never seen a more miserable offering. All they are saying is stay in and we’ll do our best to make sure that Britain’s Parliamentary independence isn’t eroded faster than we can possibly imagine.

— Boris Johnson

Hungary is, in a word, in a state of WAR against the Hapsburg dynasty, a war of legitimate defence, by which alone it can ever regain independence and freedom.

— Lajos Kossuth

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

— Calvin Coolidge

And if you are a parent, introduce your children to their neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.

— Sarah Jessica Parker

The same independence that got me into trouble in high school got me praise in college.

— Alan Dershowitz

Her upbringing had given her an independence of mind that made her more like a girl of today than one of her own time – which was why she had walked out, and why she was not daunted by the prospect of being alone.

— Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

We must develop energy independence we must Make It In America.

— John Garamendi

Energy independence is very important to me.

— Tomi Lahren

I’ve always been hopeful about Scotland’s prospects. And I now believe more than ever that Scotland is within touching distance of achieving independence and equality.

— Sean Connery

The independence of the economic sphere was a tenet of faith with Liberalism.

— Francis Parker Yockey

It was nice of her to want to believe the best about me. People tend to do that with the strangers they’re fucking. If she wanted to think that apathy and independence were the same thing, good for her. Maybe she was right.

— Paul Neilan, Apathy and Other Small Victories

The swashbuckling independence of my childhood was not all good, and as a father, I’m puzzling out how to be part of my children’s lives rather than shoehorning them into mine. But there’s a risk that I’ll overcompensate, of course.

— John Dickerson

The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness.

— Rutherford B. Hayes

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

What Tupperware has stood for all these years is the independence of women, allowing women to work from home, earn a living – and that what this Boys & Girls Clubs of America program, the SMART Girls program, is about.

— Brooke Shields

We must first and foremost defend Hungary’s independence and sovereignty, and, if needed, we must regain it.

— Viktor Orban

Frankly, I love my independence too much to give it up.

— Akkineni Nagarjuna

In the Steven F. Austin Colony, which was the first colony, Texans first established a provisional government in 1835 with the intention of writing a declaration of independence soon after.

— Michael McCaul

My aim is to sort the jumble of information we throw at these children and present it in such a way that they will have a greater chance of achieving independence and fulfilment.

— Adele Devine, Colour Coding for Learners with Autism: A Resource Book for Creating Meaning through Colour at Home and School

Pride? What are you talking about?” “You wear your independence like a badge of honor. Bound and determined to allow no man to take care of you.

— Magda Alexander, Storm Ravaged

He saw in happiness the seeds of independence, and in independence the seeds of revolt.

— Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

The Recovery plan will put money in the pockets of the American worker, create and save millions of new jobs and invest in crucial areas such as health care, education, energy independence and a new infrastructure.

— Valerie Jarrett

It is wrong to try to avoid the struggle against imperialism under the pretext that independence and revolution are important, but that peace is still more precious.

— Kim Il-sung

If the Philippines secure their independence after heroic and stubborn conflicts, they can rest assured that neither England, nor Germany, nor France, and still less Holland, will dare to take up what Spain has been unable to hold.

— Jose Rizal

We who are born into this age of freedom and independence and the self must undergo this loneliness. It is the price we pay for these times of ours.

— Sōseki Natsume

A terrible independence opens the door to destructive power of sin

— Sunday Adelaja

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

Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don’t waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.

— Candice Bergen

Ethanol is a premier, high performance fuel. It has tremendous environmental benefits and is a key component to energy independence for our country.

— Richard Lugar

I always showed myself in the face of day, asserting the liberty and independence of my country, while some others, like owls, courted concealment and were too much afraid of losing their roosts to leave them for such a cause.

— William Wallace

The one thing that the President can do is to establish a real energy independence plan. We have all the recources we need right here in this country to establish energy independence if we had the leadership.

— Herman Cain

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.

— Muhammad Ali Jinnah

I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975, I was the only correspondent there at all for three months.

— Ryszard Kapuscinski

Filipinos are not worse than any other colonized people except that our colonization was a little longer, and the independence movement was always dictated in political terms, never in social ones. We borrowed terms, but we didn’t understand them.

— Ferdinand Marcos

I feel very warm towards Mum and Dad for giving us the independence they did. My childhood, and the fact we didn’t have a TV, gave me a boundless imagination.

— Dido Armstrong

But the French writers always had more originality and independence than others, and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion, long since ceased to exist for them.

— Henryk Sienkiewicz

It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever.

— Daniel Webster

The love of independence and dislike of unjust treatment is the source of a thousand virtues.

— William Godwin

Energy independence and energy security are really two different things.

— Rex Tillerson

Let women issue a declaration of independence sexually, and absolutely refuse to cohabit with men until they are acknowledged as equals in everything, and the victory would be won in a single week.

— Victoria Woodhull

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

— Marsha Blackburn

I know this independence is what people like most about my brand.

— Raf Simons

It’s hard to see how the Copyright Office can rise to the many challenges of the 21st-century work that you do without dramatically more independence and dramatically more flexibility.

— Ted Deutch

I think it is important to let your kids have independence and ownership. Let your kids do what they have a passion for.

— Ted Ligety

Men spend their whole lives showing that they’re strong and silent. They fight for independence the way women struggle to connect.

— George Weinberg

Our independence shall be our total dependence on the Divine Being, God.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

We must do our utmost to preserve our British ally’s strategic independence from Europe.

— Richard Perle

There is a requirement to ensure the withdrawal takes place in a civilized manner. We will be able to show the world we deserve independence and freedom.

— Mahmoud Abbas

Thus, the Archivist must display at all times scrupulous independence and a devotion to the laws and principles which govern the responsibilities of the office.

— Allen Weinstein

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge experience and ability.

— Henry Ford

Journalists prize independence – not teamwork.

— Ken Auletta

In January 1776, Thomas Paine issued ‘Common Sense, ‘ advocating independence from Great Britain.

— Mike Crapo

America was born out of a desire for self-determination, a longing for the human dignity that only independence can bring.

— Maurice Saatchi

The United States is proud to be the first country to recognize the existence of a Jewish State – just 11 minutes after Israel’s independence was declared.

— Denis McDonough

Family ownership provides the independence that is sometimes required to withstand governmental pressure and preserve freedom of the press.

— Katharine Graham

We are at that age that balances between independence and conferring with your friends about every miniscule decision you make. I’ve never liked that part of adolescence.

— Tarryn Fisher, F*ck Love

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

— Allen West

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

Cryptography is the essential building block of independence for organisations on the Internet, just like armies are the essential building blocks of states, because otherwise one state just takes over another.

— Julian Assange

We cannot forget that our flag received its first foreign salute from a Dutch officer, nor that the Province of Friesland gave to our independence its first formal recognition.

— Seth Low

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 don’t want to be any more interesting than I am. I love the life that I get to live, which is one of real independence and privacy and autonomy.

— Allison Williams

Premature independence is the daughter of conceit.

— Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

In my time in the U.S. Senate, I tried to craft an energy policy… I will be part of President Obama’s efforts to achieve energy independence and enhance the landscape. I am also part of his reform agenda.

— Ken Salazar

It has always been the aim of royalty and aristocracy to lower the individual liberty and independence of the common people. A baron and a minute-man could not breathe the same air.

— John Boyle O’Reilly

One single vision fills all minds: that of our independence endangered. One single duty imposes itself upon our wills: the duty of stubborn resistance.

— Albert II of Belgium

It is critical that special counsels have the independence and resources they need to lead investigations.

— Thom Tillis

Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

— James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds

Stop exporting American jobs. Stop exporting American factories, and stop exporting American sovereignty and independence to global institutions like the World Trade Organization.

— Pat Buchanan

Be that as it may, I think someday you’ll meet a man worth giving up your independence for.

— Lisa Kleypas, Mine Till Midnight

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

There is a danger to judicial independence when people have no understanding of how the judiciary fits into the constitutional scheme.

— David Souter

I’ve always wanted to be my own person and stand by the things I believe in and I thought I might lose that independence if I ran for political office.

— Samuel Dash

The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.

— Robert Kennedy

Now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.

— Amelia Earhart

I wanted both things: strength in my independence and also this new desire. This felt like the beginning of a new kind of love.

— Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital [Paris].

— Thomas Jefferson

I grew up in California, and when I read that Proposition 8 was on the ballot, I was disappointed because it seemed to be inconsistent with the spirit of the state, with the independence and diversity of the frontier that California has always been.

— Ted Olson

Scotland is not a region of the U.K.; Scotland is a nation, and if we cannot protect our interests within a U.K. that is going to be changing fundamentally, then that right of Scotland to consider the options of independence has to be there.

— Nicola Sturgeon

Independence that has declared its ‘independence’ from the sure and certain compass of sound morals is nothing more than rogue greed having scantily dressed itself in the garb of independence while running off the cliff of anarchy.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

It is probable that England will look favorably upon the independence of the Philippines, for it will open their ports to her and afford greater freedom to her commerce.

— Jose Rizal

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

— James Monroe

I don’t have a formula to pass on. I always did it my own way. Even today, I hold my independence close. It’s what’s most precious to me. Passion. Risk. Tenacity. Consistency. This is my professional history.

— Giorgio Armani

Listen to me, there is freedom in love. Every day should feel like independence day

— Evy Michaels

I’m always battling how to be in a relationship while simultaneously maintaining my independence and my career.

— Jessica Williams

The Congress has had an uneasy relationship with banks and bankers since Alexander Hamilton. It took the United States until 1913 to set up a central bank. The Federal Reserve earned its hard-won independence over years of effort.

— Robert Zoellick

The policy of the house of Austria, which aimed at destroying the independence of Hungary as a state, has been pursued unaltered for three hundred years.

— Lajos Kossuth

Mr. Speaker, high natural gas prices and the summer spike in gasoline prices serve as a stark reminder that the path to energy independence is a long and arduous one.

— Judy Biggert

My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.

— Herbert Hoover

I want my candidacy for the presidency of the United States to stand for a moment when we the people, stand once again for the independence from a government that has gotten too big and spends too much and has taken away too much of our liberties.

— Michele Bachmann

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

Terrorism is a big danger to Pakistan’s independence. We will fight this danger for the sake of independence of Pakistan and will defeat it at all levels.

— Shaukat Aziz

She had shown him by her independence how it was only fear that held people together. The fear of being alone and the fear of being different.

— Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast

I like living at home: I’ve been making films since I was 12, when I played Sam in ‘Love Actually’, and if you spend as much time away on set as I have done, you get your independence young, so it’s nice to come back home.

— Thomas Brodie-Sangster

The foundation of joyful independence is being content with yourself

— self-love.

Girl Up gives girls an opportunity and gives them a platform and starting point through which they can take it and run with it and help give girls the opportunity to have the freedom, independence and the ability to get an education.

— Katherine McNamara

I have never deceived anyone, for I have never belonged to anyone. My independence was all my wealth: I have known no other happiness.

— Cora Pearl

…nothing is more precious than independence and freedom…

— Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

You have sacrificed justice to mercy. You have sacrificed independence to unity. You have sacrificed reason to faith. You have sacrificed wealth to need. You have sacrificed self-esteem to self-denial. You have sacrificed happiness to duty.

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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

— Davy Crockett

Sharing your life with someone will have much more meaning coming from a place of independence rather than co-dependence.

— Gary Hopkins

Since Ireland’s independence declaration was a century older, I could not be sure if his self-evident truths meant as much as they would in America.

— Jennifer Harrison, Perverse Wonderland

George was getting alot of independence for himself in those days. He was writing more, and wanted things to go his way – where, when we first started things basically went John and Paul’s way. You know, ‘cuz they were the writers.

— Ringo Starr

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.

— Henry Cabot Lodge

If we are serious about moving toward energy independence in a cost-effective way, we should invest in solar energy. If we are serious about cutting air and water pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we should invest in solar energy.

— Bernie Sanders

Vietnam should have taught us that nationalism, with its engines of independence and self-determination, is a more powerful force by far than Marxism and must be understood and respected.

— Pete Hamill

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.

— Brigham Young

From age nine, my friends and I were on the streets, walking home, going to each other’s houses, going to the store. I really wanted to write about that: the independence that’s a little bit scary but also a really positive thing in a lot of ways.

— Rebecca Stead

Going back to South Sudan after the independence took place was deeply emotional for me because I had gone through the civil war with my family just before going to seek refuge in London.

— Alek Wek

Because the development of inner calm & energy happens completely within & isn’t dependent on another person or a particular situation, we begin to feel a resourcefulness and independence that is quite beautiful—and a huge relief.

— Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

Let’s stop and think for a moment. Is sacrifice a virtue? Can a man sacrifice his integrity? His honor? His freedom? His ideal? His convictions? The honesty of his feeling? The independence of his thought?

— Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Work to me has become kind of a hobby. I was a part of something that gave me financial independence and the rent is paid. Now it’s just about projects that turn me on.

— Matt LeBlanc

I’m drawn to girls with a certain self-effacing, humorous quality and an innate independence and point of view. I love the notion of never taking yourself too seriously or being too put together.

— Chris Benz

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

Anxiety, and the physical symptoms it causes, is merely fog along the path of independence and discovery.

— Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life

The only way your child will grow out of their dependency into self-sufficient adults is for you to essentially abandon your own independence for 20 years or so.

— Timothy J. Keller, King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus

Fidel Castro represents the dignity of the South American continent against empires. He’s a living legend: an icon of independence and freedom across the continent.

— Nicolas Maduro

Our forbears worked hard this difficult land, and their reward was the freedom and independence of self-sufficiency.

— James H. Douglas, Jr.

Our position is that we do not accept conditions of any kind which may affect the independence and sovereignty of our country just with the view to solve economic problems existing between the United States and Cuba.

— Fidel Castro

I’ve tried to maintain my independence in Congress. Sometimes that has meant opposing my own party leaders.

— Collin C. Peterson

Since the German people, with unparalleled heroism, but also at the cost of fearful sacrifices, has waged war against half the world, it is our right and our duty to obtain safety and independence for ourselves at sea.

— Bernhard von Bulow

It’s never been a point of reference to look to a man. It’s not always a good thing, I suppose, but I think independence is always preferable to dependence.

— Catherine Tate

The only holiday of independence which I can never leave out is the celebration of the independence of the Jewish State of Israel.

— Milos Zeman

The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.

— Walter Gilbert

The morals of yesterday are no more. They are as dead as the day they were lived. Economic independence has put woman on exactly the same footing as man.

— Norma Shearer

There can be no argument about the Lone Star State’s significant contributions to American history, and we must remember the actions and the sacrifices of those who made Texas independence a reality.

— Michael McCaul

To the European immigrant – that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life – the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.

— Herbert Croly

A great step toward independence is a good-humoured stomach.

— Seneca

Since achieving their independence in 1992, the people of Croatia have built a democratic society based on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and a free market economy.

— Elton Gallegly

Divorce is a declaration of independence with only two signers.

— Gerald F. Lieberman

I was the youngest and on my own a lot. I think this probably taught me independence and how to be okay with my own company. Also, it meant I read a lot.

— Zoe Foster Blake

When you live with a potentially life-threatening condition you get used to the thought of dying. You accept it, you push on. The thing that scared me was the picture of dying slowly and painfully, the loss of independence and identity to illness.

— Josh Lanyon, Fatal Shadows / A Dangerous Thing

America… goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

— John Quincy Adams

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

The Fed’s independence is critical.

— Ben Bernanke

New Hampshire is one of the birthplaces of American freedom and independence – a place with a love and a passion for liberty.

— Marsha Blackburn

Britain is characterized not just by its independence but, above all, by its openness.

— David Cameron

The vagina is obliterated from the imagery of femininity in the same way that the signs of independence and vigor in the rest of her body are suppressed.

— Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

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

We were environmentalists of the Teddy Roosevelt theory. We believed in separation of church and state. We believed in the independence of the Supreme Court not being subject to politicians.

— Pete McCloskey

It is their attachment to us rather than their independence from us that we value in our pets.

— M. Scott Peck

Those who really value Ukrainian sovereignty should opt for real independence and a positive neutrality: neither a plaything of the West nor Moscow.

— Tariq Ali

You can gain in your effectiveness as a politician from a wide acquaintance with the world and from a degree of independence that having some outside interests gives.

— William Hague