Quotes and Sayings about Independence



"We are totally committed to ending partition and to creating the conditions for unity and independence."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Ending, Independence, Unity)

"The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it."
- John Adams
(Related: Effect, Independence, Glory)

"Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence."
- Felix Adler
(Related: Time, People, Country, Evening, Independence, May)

"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
(Related: Vision, Duty, Independence)

"Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Conservation, Energy, Independence)

"I cannot compromise or inhibit my independence."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Compromise, Independence)

"People seem to think that life began with the achievement of personal independence."
- Katharine Anthony
(Related: Life, People, Achievement, Independence)

"Independence is happiness."
- Susan B. Anthony
(Related: Happiness, Independence)

"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
(Related: Earth, Independence, Living, Security, Sense)

"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
(Related: Blood, First, Independence, Liberty, Nation, Solidarity, Spirit, states, Today, United, Will)

"Journalists prize independence - not teamwork."
- Ken Auletta
(Related: Teamwork, Independence)

"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
(Related: Danger, Defeat, Fight, Independence, Terrorism, Will)

"Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to Cinco de Mayo as Mexico's Independence Day."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Americans, Day, Independence)

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
- Charles A. Beard
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Independence, Reputation, Struggle)

"Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don't waste a second demolishing it brick by brick."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Love, Men, Independence, Waste, Woman)

"We shall be forced to attempt planned and directed research employing hundreds of workers for many years, and this cannot be done without risking the loss of independence and originality. This is a serious and fundamental obstacle but it may be overcome in two ways."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Independence, Loss, May, Originality, Research, Workers, Years)

"Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Independence)

"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
(Related: Energy, Independence, Summer)

"The Wellcome Foundation offered me the chance to establish a small academic research unit, modestly funded, but with total independence. The real opportunity, however, came from King's College, London."
- James W. Black
(Related: Opportunity, Chance, College, Independence, London, Research)

"From the time of independences until the end of the Cold War, in spite of the participation of a considerable number of African states in the non-aligned movement, everyone in fact chose to align with one or another of the two major blocks."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Time, War, African, End, Fact, Participation, states)

"But since independence, Gabon is one of the few countries in Central Africa that enjoys peace and stability."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Peace, Countries, Independence, Stability)

"To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition for the sex to which I proudly belong and whose independence I shall defend until my dying day."
- Rosa Bonheur
(Related: Sex, Ambition, Day, Dying, Independence)

"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
(Related: Independence, Will)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Courage, End, Independence, Liberty)

"We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom and a new and brighter future did not allow their resolution to falter, no matter how great the suffering by which they bought this independence."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Change, People, First, Freedom, Future, Independence, Resolution, Suffering, Taste)

"Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want."
- Stephen Breyer
(Related: Independence, Want)

"Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts."
- Stephen Breyer
(Related: Facts, Independence, Law)

"The toddler craves independence, but he fears desertion."
- Dorothy Corkville Briggs
(Related: Independence)

"I think that you have to do everything you can do to empower girls when they are young, from their education, to their successful independence, to their sexual self-knowledge."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Education, Successful, Independence, Girls, Self)

"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
(Related: Policy, Dignity, Independence)

"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
(Related: War, People, Duty, Independence, Heroism, Right, Safety, Sea, World)

"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
(Related: Leadership, Country, Energy, Independence, President, Right)

"If the world market believed that we were serious about energy independence and we were going to utilize all of our own existing resources, the speculators would stop speculating up they start speculating down as we get our own oil out of the ground."
- Herman Cain
(Related: Energy, Independence, Oil, World)

"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
(Related: Women, Fact, Independence, Romantic, Today)

"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
(Related: Equality, Parenting, Women, Abortion, Abuse, Independence, Poverty, Problems, Solution, Today)

"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
(Related: Battle, Boys, Constitution, Independence, Worth)

"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
(Related: Credibility, Independence, May, Media, Press, Relationships)

"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
(Related: Genius, Dependence, Independence)

"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Dignity, Independence, Living)

"Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever."
- Davy Crockett
(Related: Time, Day, Independence, Liberty, Now)

"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
(Related: Life, Opportunity, America, American, Americans, Independence, Promise, Prosperity)

"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
(Related: American, Independence, Mind, Prosperity)

"The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Government, People, Act, Independence, Obligation, Right, State)

"To start with, for example this year, 2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence."
- Edwidge Danticat
(Related: Example, Independence)

"Our government leaders... have made many mistakes in the past when they have lost sight of the sacred American values rooted in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are at the brink of even graver mistakes and assaults on these values."
- Samuel Dash
(Related: Government, Values, American, Constitution, Independence, Leaders, Mistakes, Past, Sight)

"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
(Related: Thought, Independence, Office)

"It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Accident, Culture, First, Independence, Intention)

"Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end."
- Walt Disney
(Related: End, Independence, Mouse, Symbol)

"Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Independence, Nationality, Race)

"Our forbears worked hard this difficult land, and their reward was the freedom and independence of self-sufficiency."
- James H. Douglas
(Related: Freedom, Independence, Land, Reward, Self)

"A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement."
- James H. Douglas
(Related: Health, Family, Home, Discipline, Community, Independence, Job, Retirement, Welfare)

"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
(Related: Independence, Service)

"Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal."
- Will Durant
(Related: Nature, Independence)

"In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: Progress, First, Independence, Personality)

"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
(Related: Love, Women, Work, Feminism, Independence, Motherhood, Want)

"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
(Related: Health, Chaos, Independence, Poor, Poverty, Years)

"I will for ever, at all hazards, assert the dignity, independence, and integrity of the English bar; without which, impartial justice, the most valuable part of the English constitution, can have no existence."
- Thomas Erskine
(Related: Constitution, Dignity, English, Existence, Independence, Integrity, Justice, Will)

"I think it's a lovely idea, but it will not pass the Congress. I live in a world of realities. The policy of our country is that we can drill our way to independence. I think that's a march to folly."
- Anna Eshoo
(Related: Policy, Idea, Congress, Country, Folly, Independence, March, Will, World)

"I'm for economic independence."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Independence)

"When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment."
- Warren Farrell
(Related: Men, Women, Fear, Commitment, Independence)

"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
(Related: Money, Experience, Knowledge, Hope, Ability, Independence, Man, Security, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Society, People, Economy, Independence, Rights, Human rights, Law, Respect)

"Tens of thousands of brave Americans died to break the chains of British tyranny so that the principles of our Declaration of Independence could take fold and flourish in the birth of a new nation."
- Jim Gerlach
(Related: Americans, Independence, Nation, Principles, Tyranny)

"Above all, film is a business... Independence is a really cool thing as you can be a bit more bold, and take a few more chances with what you do."
- Mel Gibson
(Related: Business, Film, Independence)

"The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought."
- Walter Gilbert
(Related: Science, Thought, Independence, Skepticism)

"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
(Related: Beliefs, Democracy, Independence, Nation, Nations, Today)

"The Declaration of Independence is a sacred part of American history."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: History, American, 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
(Related: Life, Success, Financial, Independence, Irony, Reason)

"The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Society, Thought, Independence, Sin)

"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
(Related: Americans, Energy, Fact, Independence, Priorities, Rank, Security, Sense, states, United)

"Independence is all very well, but we animals never allow our friends to make fools of themselves beyond a certain limit; and that limit you've reached."
- Kenneth Grahame
(Related: Animals, Fools, Friends, Independence)

"Swaziland is a small part of south-east Africa, the last country in the continent to gain its independence."
- Richard Grant
(Related: Country, Independence, Gain)

"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence."
- David Ben Gurion
(Related: Independence)

"After so much suffering, after enduring so much sacrifice, sanctioned and embraced by our people, what is it that the people of East Timor expect as a result of independence?"
- Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao
(Related: Sacrifice, People, Independence, Result, Suffering)

"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
(Related: Americans, Independence, Generations, Nation)

"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
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Independence, Nation, Summer, Today)

"The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Happiness, Independence)

"I've always been an independent person, but that independence was in the setting of security."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Independence, Security)

"Solitude is independence."
- Hermann Hesse
(Related: Independence, Solitude)

"I can assure you, that the gallant hearts that throb beneath its sacred folds, will only be content, when this glorious banner is planted first and foremost in the coming struggle for out independence."
- John B. Hood
(Related: Content, First, Independence, Struggle, Will)

"The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: English, Independence)

"The fact is that we cannot drill our way to independence. We cannot drill our way to freedom, and we cannot drill our way to create jobs in this country."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: Country, Fact, Freedom, Independence, Jobs)

"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
(Related: People, EnglIndependence, Judges, Years)

"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
(Related: Health, Money, Education, American, Care, Energy, Independence, Jobs, Will)

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Nature, Character, Body, Boldness, Exercise, Independence, Games, Mind)

"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
(Related: Hope, Muslim, Freedom, Independence, Ideology, Treasure, Will)

"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
(Related: Independence, World)

"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
(Related: Independence, Leading, Months)

"Both of us are known for probably at times regrettable streak of independence."
- David Kay
(Related: Independence)

"The vote, cast in a free atmosphere and with all inclinations and parties at present, was after all a vote to the Islamic Republic, to national independence, to the Constitution and to the Islamic causes."
- Ayatollah Khamenei
(Related: Causes, Constitution, Independence, Present, Vote)

"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
(Related: Age, Car, Care, Driving, Independence, Law, Old, State)

"The house of Austria has publicly used every effort to deprive the country of its legitimate Independence and Constitution, designing to reduce it to a level with the other provinces long since deprived of all freedom, and to unite all in a common sink of slavery."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Constitution, Country, Effort, Freedom, Independence, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Policy, Independence, State, Years)

"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
(Related: War, Freedom, Independence, State, Word)

"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
(Related: Work, American, Independence, Play, Washington)

"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
(Related: Marriage, Women, Independence, Intimacy, Needs, Want)

"A spirit, breathing the language of independence, is natural to Englishmen, few of whom are disposed to brook compulsion, or submit to the dictates of others, when not softened by reason, or tempered with kindness."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Independence, Kindness, Language, Reason, Spirit)

"We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us."
- Henry Lawson
(Related: English, Extremes, Eyes, Independence, Individuality, Merit, Study)

"Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism."
- George Henry Lewes
(Related: Independence, Originality, Rebellion, Sincerity)

"Freedom of religion is a principle that is central to our Nation's Declaration of Independence. Congress has taken this positive step to protect our freedom to express allegiance to America's flag and the ideals it represents."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Religion, Positive, America, Congress, Freedom, Independence, Ideals, Nation)

"Divorce is a declaration of independence with only two signers."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Divorce, Independence)

"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Character, Courage, Independence, Man)

"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
(Related: Car, Development, Energy, Example, Independence, Help, Will)

"As we explore ways to bring price relief and bolster our country's energy independence, one significant energy source has emerged as a potential solution, hydrogen fuel cells."
- Dan Lipinski
(Related: Country, Energy, Independence, Potential, Solution)

"The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Independence, Possession, states, United, World)

"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
(Related: War, Peace, Civilization, Country, Exercise, Independence, Humanity, Influence, Liberty, Now, states, United)

"On this day, so full for Americans of thoughts connected with their National Independence, we may not forget that Americans have yet other grounds for gratitude to the people of the Netherlands."
- Seth Low
(Related: Gratitude, People, Thoughts, Americans, Day, Forget, Independence, May)

"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
(Related: First, Forget, Independence)

"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
(Related: Environmental, Performance, Benefits, Country, Energy, Independence, Key)

"This year, as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of America's independence, please remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly Old Glory high and show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear."
- Kenny Marchant
(Related: Values, Admiration, America, Country, Independence, Glory, Nation, Old, Respect)

"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
(Related: Change, Men, Actions, Independence, Revolution, Nation)

"Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group."
- Aslan Maskhadov
(Related: Survival, Ambition, Independence, Whim)

"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
(Related: Government, First, Independence, Intention, Writing)

"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
(Related: History, Actions, American, Argument, Independence, Reality, State)

"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
(Related: Church, Being, Court, Independence, Politicians, Separation, State, Theory)

"It took us in this country 11 years to get from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Constitution, Country, Independence, Years)

"The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Independence, World)

"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
(Related: Society, Body, Independence, Mind, Right)

"NATO believes it can pick on a small nation and force us to surrender our independence. And that is where NATO miscalculated. You are not willing to sacrifice lives to achieve our surrender. But we are willing to die to defend our rights as an independent sovereign nation."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Sacrifice, Force, Independence, Rights, Nation, Surrender)

"Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty."
- Ho Chi Minh
(Related: Independence, Liberty, Nothing)

"The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man."
- Ho Chi Minh
(Related: Love, Peace, People, Aggression, Freedom, Independence, Man, states, United)

"The possession of land seems to be a greater gratification to the pride and independence of men."
- George Richards Minot
(Related: Men, Independence, Land, Possession, Pride)

"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 Louis de Secondat Montes
(Related: Difference, Independence, Laws, Liberty, Present, Right)

"Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage."
- Marianne Moore
(Related: Independence, Impatience)

"A majority in all parties do, I think, want to see local government recover its old vigour and independence."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Government, Independence, Majority, Old, Want)

"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
(Related: Action, Character, Court, Criticism, First, Independence, Judges, Timidity)

"Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism."
- Said Musa
(Related: Independence, Nationalism)

"Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading and writing that bears his name and brings literacy, independence, and productivity to the blind."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Blind, Independence, Name, Productivity, Reading, Writing)

"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
(Related: Society, Government, Successful, Control, Constitution, Independence)

"My main mistake was to have made an ancient people advance by forced marches toward independence, health, culture, affluence, comfort."
- Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
(Related: Health, Mistake, People, Comfort, Culture, Independence)

"The great medley of Oregon and California emigrants, at their camps around Independence, had heard reports that several additional parties were on the point of setting out from St. Joseph's farther to the northward."
- Francis Parkman
(Related: Independence)

"The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Family, Society, Life, People, Comfort, Danger, Fact, Independence, Idols, Lies, Pleasure)

"My mother gave me a sense of independence, a sense of total confidence that we could do whatever it was we set out to do. That's how we were raised."
- Robin Wright Penn
(Related: Mother, Confidence, Independence, Sense)

"We must do our utmost to preserve our British ally's strategic independence from Europe."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Europe, Independence)

"I knew that collaborating on songwriting would be difficult for a lot of people, because I was known very much, for my independence and the fact that I wrote these quirky songs that were not typical structure, not typical sound - you know, really original stuff."
- Liz Phair
(Related: People, Fact, Independence, Songs, Sound)

"The fact is, we cannot drill our way to oil independence."
- Carl Pope
(Related: Fact, Independence, Oil)

"Instead of being taught independence, energy, and enterprise, our youth today is taught to look for security."
- B. Carroll Reece
(Related: Being, Energy, Independence, Security, Today, Youth)

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

"Well, you know, Thomas Jefferson, who was the author of the Declaration of Independence said he wouldn't have any atheists in his cabinet because atheists wouldn't swear an oath to God. That was Jefferson and we have never had any Muslims in the cabinet."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: God, Independence)

"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
(Related: Travel, Independence, Reason, State, Today, Years)

"Four hundred million in India, and millions everywhere, have told you, precisely, that the colored people are not going to die for anybody: they are going to die for their independence."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: People, Independence)

"No one was either Tory or Whig; it was either dependence or independence."
- Caesar Rodney
(Related: Dependence, Independence)

"There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Politics, Independence)

"True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: People, Freedom, Independence, Job, Security)

"They tell me that it will be hard to find a man strong enough to love my own strength and independence, and not worry about being Mr. Diana Ross, but I disagree. I know absolutely that that man is somewhere out there."
- Diana Ross
(Related: Love, Strength, Being, Independence, Man, Will, Worry)

"My vision is that our country should be integrated in the EU, to transfer a part of our independence there. It is also our duty to do it, if we want to establish trade and a sound economy. This is the vision that I am working on and I will continue to work in the future."
- Ibrahim Rugova
(Related: Work, Vision, Country, Duty, Economy, Future, Independence, Sound, Trade, Want, Will)

"I want to emphasize the fact that the independence of Kosovo should and will be recognized."
- Ibrahim Rugova
(Related: Fact, Independence, Want, Will)

"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
(Related: Government, Nature, God, Independence, Rights)

"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
(Related: Attitude, Independence, Language, Man)

"In the late afternoons and early evenings, the crowd is easily over 1 million. That many people simply can't fit in Independence Square. The demonstration spills in to the streets for several blocks."
- Bob Schaffer
(Related: People, Independence)

"In Congress, I am a strong supporter of the New Apollo Energy Act. This plan would help to establish our energy independence, create jobs, and provide cleaner, reliable, and more affordable energy."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Act, Congress, Energy, Independence, Help, Jobs)

"Let me reassure that the Kingdom of Cambodia a country with independence, neutrality, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights as you all have seen, shall be existing with no end."
- Hun Sen
(Related: Peace, Country, Democracy, End, Freedom, Independence, Rights, Human rights, Neutrality)

"I saw clearly how those who saved the state so heroically and courageously in the War of Independence would be capable of bringing a catastrophe upon it if they are given the chance in normal times."
- Moshe Sharett
(Related: War, Chance, Independence, State)

"Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Soul, Class, Earth, Independence, Middle class)

"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
(Related: Day, Independence, Man, Morals, Woman, Yesterday)

"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
(Related: War, Countries, Independence, states, Support, Terror, United)

"The Platform for Action gives due emphasis to the fact that women globally have continued to have insufficient access to the resources necessary to achieve economic independence."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Women, Action, Fact, Independence)

"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
(Related: Religion, Independence, Originality, Writers)

"Pharmaceuticals have become an increasingly important part of modern medicine, and our seniors shouldn't have to worry about whether they can afford the medicines they need to stay healthy and maintain their independence."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Independence, Medicine, Worry)

"Declaring independence was the most traumatic decision I had to live up to. Because I didn't want to do it."
- Ian Smith
(Related: Decision, Independence, Want)

"What happened in America in the 1860s was a war of secession, a war of independence, no different in principle from what happened in America in the 1770s and 1780s."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: War, America, Independence)

"If you think Independence Day is America's defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down."
- Tony Snow
(Related: America, Day, Independence, Holiday, Thanksgiving)

"If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: Intelligence, Time, Assertiveness, Country, Defense, Independence, Play)

"In July, 1892, fate suddenly granted me financial independence."
- Carl Spitteler
(Related: Financial, Fate, Independence, July)

"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
(Related: Government, Society, Women, Independence, Rights)

"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
(Related: First, Independence, Writers, Writing)

"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
(Related: Power, Country, Independence, Justice, Order)

"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
(Related: Peace, Independence, Revolution, Struggle, Wrong)

"Self-determination could mean independence, confederacy, federal and autonomy."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: Independence, Self)

"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
(Related: Act, Communication, Independence, Intimacy, Needs, World)

"I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan."
- Fred Thompson
(Related: People, Independence)

"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
(Related: America, Country, Freedom, Independence, Mind)

"Besides, we had a large debt, contracted at home and abroad in our War of Independence; therefore the great power of taxation was conferred upon this Government."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Government, Home, Power, War, Debt, Independence, Taxation)

"The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Freedom, Independence, Nations, United)

"Injustice in the end produces independence."
- Voltaire
(Related: End, Independence, Injustice)

"The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Civil War-when I really think about them they all seem about as likely as the parting of the Red Sea."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: War, Constitution, Independence, Parting, Sea)

"I have always believed, heretofore, in the doctrines of the Declaration of Independence, that all men are born free and equal; but of late it appears that some men are born slaves, and I regret that they are not black, so all the world might know them."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Men, Independence, Regret, World)

"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Children, Independence, Gifts, Responsibility)

"The hope of the nation which throughout the nineteenth century had not for a moment reconciled itself with the loss of independence, and fighting for its own freedom, fought at the same time for the freedom of other nations."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Time, Hope, Fighting, Freedom, Independence, Loss, Nation, Nations)

"John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence. It plays in Philadelphia, for free. It's been playing there for 25 years."
- Eli Wallach
(Related: Independence, Years)

"The ultimate end is a nation that lies under the concept of the Declaration of Indepen dence. The Declaration of Independence is such an extraordinary statement - it was designed by people skeptical of government, local or national, but in particular national."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Government, People, End, Independence, Lies, Nation)

"The United States form a young republic, a confederacy which ought ever to be cemented by a union of interests and affection, under the influence of those principles which obtained their independence."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Affection, Independence, Influence, Principles, states, United)

"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
(Related: America, Independence, State, states, United)

"By the Declaration of Independence, dreaded by the foes an for a time doubtfully viewed by many of the friends of America, everything stood on a new and more respectable footing, both with regard to the operations of war or negotiations with foreign powers."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Time, War, America, Friends, Independence)

"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
(Related: Wealth, Aristocracy, Independence, Liberty, Sense)

"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
(Related: Education, Politics, Religion, Independence, Race)

"It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever."
- Daniel Webster
(Related: God, Dying, Independence, Living, Now, Sentiment)

"Men spend their whole lives showing that they're strong and silent. They fight for independence the way women struggle to connect."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Men, Women, Fight, Independence, Struggle)

"As I said, men value their independence in a weird way, above practically everything."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Men, Independence, Value)

"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
(Related: Devotion, Independence, Laws, Office, Principles)

"The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves."
- Walt Whitman
(Related: Beauty, Actions, Departure, Independence)

"I was born with a fierce need for independence."
- Michelle Williams
(Related: Independence)

"Robert Treat Paine was a signer of the Declaration of Independence."
- Treat Williams
(Related: Independence)

"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
(Related: Life, Virtue, Contracting, Independence, Will)

"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
(Related: Independence)

"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
(Related: Men, Women, Victory, Independence)

"I am dying, but with a strong hope and persuasion that my country will gain her independence."
- David Wooster
(Related: Hope, Country, Dying, Independence, Gain, Persuasion, Will)

"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
(Related: Independence, Russia)

"The independence of the economic sphere was a tenet of faith with Liberalism."
- Francis Parker Yockey
(Related: Faith, Independence, Liberalism)

"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right."
- Brigham Young
(Related: Freedom, Independence, Right)

"They had scarcely established themselves, however, before another company of Jackson county citizens, chiefly from around Independence, organized to drive them off."
- Cole Younger
(Related: Company, Independence)

"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
(Related: Independence)

"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Independence, states, Today, United)