Best Quotes About 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

Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence. -Ambrose Bierce

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

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

My main mistake was to have made an ancient people advance by forced marches toward independence, health, culture, affluence, comfort. -Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

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

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

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

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

Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. -Walt Disney

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

There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail. -Will Rogers

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought. -Emma Goldman

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

Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don't waste a second demolishing it brick by brick. -Candice Bergen

Injustice in the end produces independence. -Voltaire

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right. -Brigham Young

The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. -Walt Whitman

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence. -Henry Van Dyke

Divorce is a declaration of independence with only two signers. -Gerald F. Lieberman

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

Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy. -Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. -Denis Waitley

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

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

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

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, Jr.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. -William J. H. Boetcker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence. -David Ben-Gurion

We must do our utmost to preserve our British ally's strategic independence from Europe. -Richard Perle

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

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

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

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

Declaring independence was the most traumatic decision I had to live up to. Because I didn't want to do it. -Ian Smith

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

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

Self-determination could mean independence, confederacy, federal and autonomy. -Jalal Talabani

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 our independence. -John B. Hood

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

The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought. -Walter Gilbert

I am dying, but with a strong hope and persuasion that my country will gain her independence. -David Wooster

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

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

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

But since independence, Gabon is one of the few countries in Central Africa that enjoys peace and stability. -Omar Bongo

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

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

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. -Ali Khamenei

People seem to think that life began with the achievement of personal independence. -Katharine Anthony

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

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

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

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

Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence. -Tom Allen

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

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 Black

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

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

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'm for economic independence. -Charles Evers

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. -Mike Simpson

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

Instead of being taught independence, energy, and enterprise, our youth today is taught to look for security. -B. Carroll Reece

The independence of the economic sphere was a tenet of faith with Liberalism. -Francis Parker Yockey

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

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

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

Swaziland is a small part of south-east Africa, the last country in the continent to gain its independence. -Richard Grant

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

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

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

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

I've always been an independent person, but that independence was in the setting of security. -Patricia Heaton

Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism. -George Henry Lewes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A majority in all parties do, I think, want to see local government recover its old vigour and independence. -Ferdinand Mount

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

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

In July, 1892, fate suddenly granted me financial independence. -Carl Spitteler

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are totally committed to ending partition and to creating the conditions for unity and independence. -Gerry Adams

I cannot compromise or inhibit my independence. -Walter Annenberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty. -Ho Chi Minh

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

To start with, for example this year, 2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence. -Edwidge Danticat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Solitude is independence. -Hermann Hesse

Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage. -Marianne Moore

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

The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness. -Rutherford B. Hayes

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. -Montesquieu

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

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

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

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

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

The toddler craves independence, but he fears desertion. -Dorothy Corkille Briggs

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

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

Journalists prize independence – not teamwork. -Ken Auletta

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was born with a fierce need for independence. -Michelle Williams

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

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

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

First, I think more Americans need to declare their independence from partisan politics on both sides. The more that Americans declare their independence, the more the parties will have to compete for their votes using reason rather than the hateful appeals. -John Avlon

It is high time that the Palestinian people restore their freedom and independence. It is high time that the decades, the long decades of suffering and pain would stop. -Mahmoud Abbas

I do need my independence. I have to have that. -Carol Vorderman

Out of my desire to complete Iraq's independence and to finish the withdrawal of the occupation forces from our holy lands, I am obliged to halt military operations of the honest Iraqi resistance until the withdrawal of the occupation forces is complete. -Muqtada al Sadr

My mom has made it possible for me to be who I am. Our family is everything. Her greatest skill was encouraging me to find my own person and own independence. -Charlize Theron

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

I don't know what 15-year-old doesn't have a desire to separate themselves from their parents and prove their independence. -Michelle Williams

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

I voted against my party with some frequency, because of my independence. I've just got to remind Missourians that I am independent and that I try to call them like I see them, and sometimes my party is wrong on some things. -Claire McCaskill

You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. -William J. H. Boetcker

We believe in government involvement that leads to independence: good schools, quality roads and the best health care. -Rick Perry

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

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

Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence. -Nelson Mandela

For 500 years, since European explorers came, Latin American countries had been separated from one another. They had very limited relations. Integration is a prerequisite for independence. -Noam Chomsky

As long as the appointment process is transparent and there is a broad mix of political views among the governors of the BBC, I think the public can feel confident that impartiality and independence are just as important to me as they have been to previous incumbents. -Gavyn Davies

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

Well, we lost a lot of our independence already. We are dependent on China for credit. We are dependent on Middle Eastern countries for energy supplies. And many Americans are dependent on the government for their income, health care, education of their children, food stamps. -Jim DeMint

A couple years ago, the novelist Russell Banks told me he was reading the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. I asked why. He said, 'Because I've always wanted to and am tired of having my reading assigned.' I thought it was a marvelous declaration of independence. -Richard Russo

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

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

Clearly, if it is sensible to hold a referendum on independence, it is crucial that we have one on marriage. It is the only way the country can move forward on this issue. Let all those who have a view on this subject place their trust in the Scottish people and let Scotland decide. -Keith O'Brien

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

I work hard, I make my own living and I love it. I like having financial independence. -Salma Hayek

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

Spending only what the country can afford, rewarding savings, encouraging independence, supporting marriage: people know that these things are common sense. -William Hague

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

Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics. -Carlos Fuentes

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

I think a common misperception about attuning and tending to a child's needs so constantly is that they don't grow in their independence, but I think that the opposite is true. -Alanis Morissette

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

Christian conservatives care about their families eating. They're concerned about energy independence. They're concerned about functional government. -Mike Huckabee

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

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

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 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

Governments must commit to sound economic and financial policies. This is how we ensure reform in the euro area – and our independence. -Mario Draghi

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

The BBC is a victim of its own independence. -Graham Norton

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

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

Marriage is another trap. If you are someone who likes independence, it's another stamp against that. And you have to swear to fidelity. -Carla Bruni

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

I've tried to maintain my independence in Congress. Sometimes that has meant opposing my own party leaders. -Collin C. Peterson

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

True Americanism is practical idealism. Its aims, instead of being materialistic and mechanical, are idealistic to the point of being Utopian. In this way, the U.S. can provide and express ideals that strike a chord in humans everywhere – a declaration of independence on behalf of all the peoples of the world. -Maurice Saatchi

It's my view that human dignity – an attribute which for years has been taken by the Left in British politics – resides in fact in Tory values of independence, individuality and self determination. -Maurice Saatchi

We must develop energy independence; we must Make It In America. -John Garamendi

For centuries, America has led the world on a long march toward freedom and democracy. Let's reclaim our clean energy leadership and lead the world toward clean energy independence. -John Garamendi

Technology has changed things, same as everywhere. But the economy has changed drastically. When Jamaica first won independence, our dollar was stronger than the U.S. dollar. Now ours is about 90 to one. That's had a big impact on crime and poverty. -Damian Marley

What's brilliant about the United States system of government is separation of power. Not only the executive, legislative, judicial branches, but also the independence of the military from civilians, an independent media and press, an independent central bank. -Feisal Abdul Rauf

I built my entire life on the idea of independence. -Valerie Trierweiler

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

This game wears on you. It tears you down. It's perpetual motion for some people who've achieved a level of independence, like Madonna and Jay-Z – they don't need to do music anymore. But there's people who need it. And in that need, that's when it's tough and it tears you to pieces. -Lupe Fiasco

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

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

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 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

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

To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one's faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction. -Randa Abdel-Fattah

International law says people fighting for self-determination can use force in order to achieve their independence. -Norman Finkelstein

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

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

You break your neck, you don't know what's going to happen. I mean, it's foreign. You're in this body that you thought you were – that you were accustomed to, and now you're not. You have to figure out everything. I think the biggest thing for me was getting a license, because it gives you – it gives you your independence back. -Mark Zupan

In my day, the only people who achieved real independence were my father, Mary Pickford and Charles Chaplin, who, with D. W. Griffith, formed United Artists. Other than that, everybody belonged to the big studios. They had no say in their own careers. -Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

I don't have good business sense. You never get much money for the arts. But I like independence. I like to grow. -Cyndi Lauper

It's important for women to work. They need to keep their independence, to keep earning and being challenged. -Tamara Mellon

In America we tell our parents to bring their child home and put him or her in a crib; as they get older, children sleep in they own room not in Mom and Dad's room. What are we training them for? It's independence, because that's what being empowered is all about. -Sheena Iyengar

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

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

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

I've always had an enormous sense of independence. But I know that sometimes I can be too independent. It is important to be able to share your life – so that is a work in progress for me. -Emilia Fox

I didn't want kabobs, Afghan music, and rules that required girls to be carefully monitored. I wanted mac and cheese, country music, and independence. -Azita Ghanizada

I was never the girl in high school who had a boyfriend for years. My longest relationship has been 18 months. I've thought maybe I'm really superficial and unable to have a relationship. What I've found is that people are attracted by my independence, and then they try to squelch it. -Pam Dawber

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

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

At the end of the day, New Yorkers need a mayor who understands the problems they face, brings a smart plan and good people to the table, and, more than anything, has the independence, courage and conviction to do the right thing. -Sal Albanese

I'm completely ecstatic when a woman has own back story and brings something to the table and has a real strong kind of independence. -Dane Cook

In 1995, Russia virtually gave Chechnya de facto statehood and independence even though, de jure, it didn't recognize Chechnya as an independent state. And I would like to emphasize strongly that Russia withdrew all of its troops, we moved the prosecutors, we moved all the police, dismantled all the courts, completely, 100 percent. -Vladimir Putin

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

What I tell my kids is, 'I'm preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen-time rules.' -Michelle Obama

My parents were the ones who gave me the independence, who gave me the spark to do anything that you set your mind to, as all parents should do for their kids. -Marlee Matlin

The principle that a central bank, charged with controlling inflation, should be independent from the government is unassailable. It may also be true that it's easier for the central bank to guard its independence from political pressure when it mainly holds government securities. -Janet Yellen

Stand-up is my favorite thing I've ever done. There's so much independence. -Rita Rudner

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

Our military might is the guarantor of Russia's security and independence. -Vladimir Putin

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

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

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

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'm a big fan of community, and I think independence is over-rated. -Sally Phillips

China not only fights for her own independence, but also for the liberation of every oppressed nation. For us, the Atlantic Charter and President Roosevelt's proclamation of the Four Freedoms for all peoples are corner-stones of our fighting faith. -Chiang Kai-shek

Externally China desires independence, internally she seeks to maintain her existence as a nation; China therefore strives to loose the bonds that bind her people, and to complete the establishment of a new State. -Chiang Kai-shek

Our independence from AOL was so important to me that I negotiated an extremely odd provision in our purchase agreement that allowed me to disclose confidential information about AOL. It was their job never to give me that information. It was not my job to protect it in any way. -Michael Arrington

To me, money is independence. It gives you freedom to do what you really want to do. It allows you to not be dependent on anyone or anything, and so you can be yourself and follow your passion. -Joe Mansueto

To research my book 'Me the People' – in which I have rewritten the entire Constitution of the United States – I flew to Greece, the birthplace of democracy. I bused to Philly, the home of independence. I even, if you can believe it, read the Constitution of the United States. -Kevin Bleyer

When India got independence, entrepreneurs were seen as a bad lot, as people who would exploit. -Nandan Nilekani

My parents were concerned that I would not get good schooling, so they put me up in my uncle's house in Dharwad, and I spent about six years there. So at a very young age, I was away from my parents. I developed an amount of independence and learned to stand on my own feet. -Nandan Nilekani

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

My wife knows that I thrive on independence, and whatever girls live with me must know that, too. They must realize I have a certain respect for my wife and love for my children, and my work comes pretty much ahead of all that. -Don Ho

I joined the People's Armed Forces in 1961 to 1984, and I was also a soldier in the southern battle of Vietnam during the resistance against the Americans. I went to the battlefield in order to regain national independence. -Nguyen Tan Dung

Americans are good with to-do lists; just tell us what to do, and we'll do it. Throughout our history, we have proven that. Colonize. Check. Win our independence. Check. Form a union. Check. Expand to the Pacific. Check. Settle the West. Check. Keep the Union together. Check. Industrialize. Check. Fight the Nazis. Check. -Marianne Williamson

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

At a time when special interest money is being showered on legislators in Washington, grassroots donors offer members of Congress a refreshing independence. The $25 and $50 donor is not looking for special favors. He or she is simply expecting their Congressman to go do the right thing. -John Sarbanes

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 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

As long as the United States – and the world – gets its oil from the Middle East, we will be drawn into the endless crises that seem endemic to the region. American energy independence would not only liberate us, it would also drive down the worldwide price of oil. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

As the leader of Southeast Asia's oldest democracy, I am always keen to share our experiences. In the half-century since independence, we have found that steady reform is the best way to secure lasting stability. It is a process that continues in Malaysia to this day. -Najib Razak

In the modern era, Jewish sovereignty over the land of our ancestors is a relatively short phenomenon. From the time of the successful Maccabean revolt to the Roman annexation in 63 BC constitutes about 100 years of Jewish rule. Combined with Israel's independence in 1948, this is about 160 years of effective sovereignty. -Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

Work means independence. It allowed me to shape my life on so many levels. -Natalie Massenet

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

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

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

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

In January 1776, Thomas Paine issued 'Common Sense,' advocating independence from Great Britain. -Mike Crapo

If the Scottish people decide to opt for independence, it would not be a good idea for Scotland to maintain a very rigid link to the pound. -Mohamed El-Erian

I am a very independent person, and I, you know, I maintain that independence, but, you know, certain things – I mean, it takes, you know, it's just much easier for other people if other people can help you every now and again. -Sue Townsend

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

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

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

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

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

I wish to reiterate solemnly China's continued firm support to Pakistan in its efforts to uphold independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. -Li Keqiang

I think it eminently proper that a president should retire from active politics, and equally proper that he should be able to live in quiet independence. -Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II

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

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

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

India is known for much development that has happened since our independence, but at the same time, we have also failed on many levels. It is the responsibility of the future generation to ensure that all these failures are corrected and help create a civilised society with equal opportunities for one and all. -N. R. Narayana Murthy

The Fed's independence is critical. -Ben Bernanke

'Chocolat' was a sort of statement of my own childhood, recognizing I experienced something from the end of the colonial era and the beginning of independence as I was a child that really made me aware of things I never forgot – a sort of childhood that made me different when I was a student in France. -Claire Denis

The way I was grew up gave me a slight fearlessness and a sense of independence. There are things about it that have definitely informed me. And then, as a parent, it's done the opposite. It's made me feel much more protective. There are boundaries in my kids' lives that I don't think I had. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

National independence, and the preceding political struggles, helped create the space for literary creation in many post-colonial countries. Much of modern Indian or Chinese literature is inconceivable without the political movement for freedom from foreign rule. -Pankaj Mishra

At one time in the history of the Americas, weapons and armies were associated with liberty and independence, and with new opportunities for our peoples. At one time in the history of the Americas, there were liberating armies. -Óscar Arias

Scotland is the only case in the world where the poor part of a territory wants to separate from the rich part. If independence came, one option is to keep the pound as its currency, so that all economic decisions will continue to be taken by the Bank of England. -Philip Kerr

I will say that anyone who supports Scottish independence should go to Athens. Because nothing works. It is a disaster. It is a ruined, dirty place where people do not have money or future prospects. The day one after independence, Scotland would be worse. -Philip Kerr

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

I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over! John Adams said it was the spark that led to our war for independence, and I'm proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights. -Rand Paul

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

At independence, Tanzania had 350,000 elephants… in 1987, there were only 55,000 elephants left. -Jakaya Kikwete

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

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

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

An independent state does not pay too dear a price for its independence in accepting the sufferings of war when it cannot avoid them; a state which has lost its independence may find at least some compensation in the fact that its protector procures for it peace with its neighbours. -Theodor Mommsen

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

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

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

I believe in being a happy conservative: that you're happy because your policies will give people greater freedom, greater independence. But you have to explain why your policy makes life better. -Kevin McCarthy

I quite like the Queen. Now, this must come as a fairly amazing statement for someone who is avowedly left wing, pro-independence and anti-monarchy, but there you go. -John Niven

The freedom fighters in India's long struggle for independence from British rule, or members of the African National Congress, were once classed as terrorists. History, as they say, is written by victors, but history also has many cunning corridors – how much time must elapse before all those tricky side-passages are revealed? -Neel Mukherjee

I think boarding school does give you an independence. -Deirdre O'Kane

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

I think that initial independence is very important; that's what being an entrepreneur is all about. -Jon Oringer

One of the most painful things in the Western States and Territories is the extinction of childhood. I have never seen any children – only debased imitations of men and women, cankered by greed and selfishness, and asserting and gaining complete independence of their parents at ten years old. -Isabella Bird

The distance between the people who made the games and the people playing them wasn't that big. It was the spirit of independence. The programmers were a lot like you. -Jeff Minter

I hold that there is a mysterious connection between the fate of this country and that of Mexico; so much so that her independence and capability of sustaining herself are almost as essential to our prosperity and the maintenance of our institutions as they are to hers. -John C. Calhoun

What we want, above all things on earth in our public men, is independence. It is one great defect in the character of the public men of America that there is that real want of independence; and, in this respect, a most marked contrast exists between public men in this country and in Great Britain. -John C. Calhoun

My grand affair appears settled, for America is certain of her independence, humanity has gained her cause, and liberty will never be without a place of refuge. -Marquis de Lafayette

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

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

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

Egyptian comedy has a very, very old tradition. Our theater and our movies are just, like, amazing. And Egypt is kind of like the Hollywood of the Middle East. I mean, we had cinema maybe decades before the other Arab countries ever got independence. -Bassem Youssef

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

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

From the first moment of independence, the United States has been dedicated to innovation as a way of government and a way of life. -Robert Kennedy

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

A high standard of living cannot remain the exclusive possession of the West – and the sooner we can help other peoples to develop their resources, raise their living standards, and strengthen their national independence, the safer the world will be for us all. -Robert Kennedy

In 1787, many Americans were convinced that the 'perpetual union' they had created in winning independence was collapsing. Six years earlier, in the Articles of Confederation, the thirteen state governments had surrendered extensive powers to a congress of delegates from each state legislature. -Edmund Morgan

Thomas Paine, so celebrated and so despised as he traveled through the critical events of his time, has long appealed to biographers. Paine was present at the creation both of the United States and of the French Republic. His eloquence, in the pamphlet 'Common Sense,' propelled the American colonists toward independence. -Edmund Morgan

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

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

The weakness in traditional Scottish nationalism lay in its own inability to grasp that identity could not be the only factor in the march to independence. -Tariq Ali

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

While the seeming independence of the federal judiciary has played a vital part in making its actions virtual Holy Writ for the bulk of the people, it is also and ever true that the judiciary is part and parcel of the government apparatus and appointed by the executive and legislative branches. -Murray Rothbard

When Washington visited Portsmouth in 1789, he was not much impressed by the architecture of the little town that had stood by him so stoutly in the struggle for independence. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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

Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today's rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. -Donald Trump

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

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

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

If there is one thing I fear less than everything else, it is, I believe, persecution for my opinions. There are a good many points about which I may be diffident, but when it comes to questions of Truth and intellectual independence, there is no holding me – I can envisage no finer end than to sacrifice oneself for a conviction. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We, the French, are viscerally attached to our laicite, our sovereignty, our independence, our values. The world knows that when France is attacked, it is liberty that is dealt a blow. -Marine Le Pen

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

For me, I always have looked at 'indie' as a term of 'independence.' Never associated a sonic gesture with that in the same way that pop music has always meant 'popular' to me; you know, it didn't define a sound. -Solange Knowles

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

I'm not making any secret of the fact I still believe in independence. We'll continue to argue the case. -Nicola Sturgeon

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 don't feel we need to be independent for me to feel confident in my Scottish identity. I think Scotland is pretty comfortable in its identity. We won't need independence to preserve it… if we don't become independent, it won't disappear; it isn't under existential threat. -Nicola Sturgeon

The Labor party under my leadership is working to bring the Israeli people together from all nationalities in the spirit of the scroll of independence. -Ehud Barak

Women are living independently, but we don't yet have the social and economic policies behind us to support that independence. -Rebecca Traister

The independence once represented by the car has been replaced by cell phones and social networks, which are now at the forefront of people's expression of freedom and access. Once a symbol of 'coming of age,' many drivers are waiting longer to get their licenses. -John Zimmer

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

U.K. Athletics needs to develop a financial independence so it no longer has to be subject to the whim of politicians. If you are reliant on government, there is a big problem. -Lynn Davies

Senator Udall focused his entire campaign as a social-issues warrior, and that was rejected by the people of Colorado, who embraced our plan of creating jobs and opportunity, growing energy independence, looking at education opportunities for the future, and making sure we're focused on protecting this great Colorado environment. -Cory Gardner

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

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

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

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

The men and women I work with in law enforcement deal with the consequences of the Democrats' selfish policies to encourage reliance on government, dependency instead of independence, and victimhood instead of the promise of earning your way to financial security. -David A. Clarke, Jr.

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

I 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

I think my legacy will be in what most people don't like about me: my style – the separation between judge and lawyers, judge and politics, the real independence of the judiciary from the executive, from the legislative, from money. I'm criticized in Brazil because of that. In the end, I hope to prevail. -Joaquim Barbosa

I was eight when independence happened. I remember my mum and dad getting dressed up to go to the independence concert to go listen to Bob Marley. Independence was such a wonderful time; we had so many expectations of the kind of country we would become. The vision of the government then was a wonderful vision. -Petina Gappah

When we celebrate American independence, we are celebrating the best sense of an idea, a process in process. -Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Simon Bolivar, when history led him – and as Karl Marx said, men can make history, but only as far as history allows us to do so – when history took Bolivar and made him the leader of the independence process in Venezuela, he made that process revolutionary. -Hugo Chavez

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

The government should help and guide the weak and small racial groups within its national boundaries toward self-determination and self-government. It should offer resistance to foreign aggression, and simultaneously, it should revise foreign treaties in order to restore our equality and independence among the nations. -Sun Yat-sen

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

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 most desirable state of mankind is that which maintains general security with the smallest encroachment upon individual independence. -William Godwin

To diminish the cases in which the assistance of others is felt absolutely necessary is the only genuine road to independence. -William Godwin

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 nineteenth century, especially the second half of it, was a time of restatement in Ireland. After the famine, after the failed rebellions of the Forties and Sixties, the cultural and political desires for self-determination began to shape each other in a series of riffs on independence and identity. -Eavan Boland

'But,' say the puling, pusillanimous cowards, 'we shall be subject to a long and bloody war if we declare independence.' On the contrary, I affirm it the only step that can bring the contest to a speedy and happy issue. -Samuel Adams

First and foremost, Scotland is my home, and I do consider myself Scottish, but I also feel very British, and I hope that Scotland stays within the Union. I have a real concern about independence. -Rose Leslie

While the majority of my childhood memories are beautiful, I also have experienced the challenges that Nigeria has faced since independence. -Jidenna

When you literally build a state of granite, it takes a certain toughness and perseverance as well as a unique blend of community and independence: a culture that also helps spur economic growth. -Maggie Hassan

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

Western environmentalists might value their independence, but their organizations are largely donor driven, and if he wanted to, Putin could have a lot to donate. -Robert Zubrin

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

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

I think that my parents' divorce gave me a very strong sense of self-reliance and independence. I realised that I needed to make sure I could support myself because you don't know what's going to happen in the future. -Felicity Jones

In a world of status, independence is key, because a primary means of establishing status is to tell others what to do, and taking orders is a marker of low status. Though all humans need both intimacy and independence, women tend to focus on the first and men on the second. It is as if their lifeblood ran in different directions. -Deborah Tannen

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

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

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

Practicing in the trial work trenches of the law, I saw, too, that when we judges don our robes, it doesn't make us any smarter, but it does serve as a reminder of what's expected of us: Impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage. -Neil Gorsuch

We must first and foremost defend Hungary's independence and sovereignty, and, if needed, we must regain it. -Viktor Orban

Energy independence and energy security are really two different things. -Rex Tillerson

I think America is strong enough to fix the problems, grace and honor to D.C. I think energy independence and control spending. We have to go to a balanced budget. Quite frankly, as far as our debt goes, I don't think you can tax your way out of it. I think people are taxed enough. -Ryan Zinke

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

It's great that with the Internet, there has come this sense of creative independence. -Tavi Gevinson

I always had a very strong sense of independence. I really liked being able to buy my Alanis Morissette 'Jagged Little Pill' album. I wore that as a badge of honor. I love not having to rely on anyone. -Felicity Jones

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

Autos for years seemed to give us freedom and independence, but when they create traffic jams and other problems in the parks, the experience of serenity in nature that visitors expect is seriously diminished, if not destroyed. -Michael Frome

India helped Bangladesh to achieve independence. The Bangladeshis should remain happy inside the territory of their own country. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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

Without U.S. independence, North America would have remained a rural, non-industrial breadbasket. Blessed as it was with natural resources, agrarian North America would have supplied cotton and beef and lumber to industrial Britain. America would thus be more like Australia – a nice enough place to live, but no kind of world power. -Steve Bannon

We say that our objective is to conquer complete independence, to install a people's power, to construct a new society without exploitation, for the benefit of all those who feel themselves to be Mozambicans. -Samora Machel

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

I didn't feel the need to rebel as a teenager. From age nine to 16, I went to school in Montreux in Switzerland, and it was heaven. I went to England for the Easter holidays, Cyprus for Christmas and summer holidays, and I was delighted to have that independence. -Angela Bowie

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

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

The idea of the Songun revolution is an idea of giving importance and precedence to military affairs in implementing the masses' cause of independence, the socialist cause, and pushing ahead with the overall revolution and construction with the revolutionary army as the core force. -Kim Jong-un

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

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

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

In the Imperialist Era, the foreign loan played an outstanding part as a means for young capitalist countries to acquire independence. -Rosa Luxemburg

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

Every barrel of oil that we produce around the world benefits Americans because it keeps prices down. We can talk more later about American energy independence, but the facts are, every barrel we produce helps Americans because it keeps prices down. -John S. Watson

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

In retrospect, I have come to recognise just how astounding my mother was during our childhood. She kept a woodwork shop and made beautiful furniture, as well as raising the pair of us in a society dominated by men. There really is nothing like war to reveal the power of patriarchy, but she always retained her independence. -Alexandra Fuller

It's one of the things I respect about Time Warner and Turner: their understanding of CNN's independence. -Jeff Zucker

For months, people have been asking my views about the Scottish independence referendum, and I've been saying, 'It's not my country; I don't live here. Much as I love Scotland, I think it would be inappropriate to express a personal opinion regarding Scottish politics'. -Diana Gabaldon

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

I'm always battling how to be in a relationship while simultaneously maintaining my independence and my career. -Jessica Williams

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

I think the four major leagues ought to set up a joint commission – say, of retired judges – to rule on athletes who are accused of doing bad things away from the game. Then each league would retain its independence in determining what penalties their players should get for infractions committed within the sport. -Frank Deford

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

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

Energy independence is very important to me. -Tomi Lahren

Americans' information independence is under attack, whether it's the repeal of net neutrality or the repeal of broadband privacy protections. -Jared Polis

He who calls a person a fascist for opposing independence is not only wrong but putting themselves on the same level as those who call us Nazis for wanting independence. -Carles Puigdemont

The alternative to independence is decline, because the relationship with the Spanish state is not good; everyone knows that. -Carles Puigdemont

The independence project in Catalonia is… a peaceful revolution, carried out in suit, shirt, and tie. -Carles Puigdemont

There's no alternative to Catalan independence. -Carles Puigdemont

We're seeing a reaction – and people taking to the streets with pots and pans – in areas where the independence movement isn't supposed to exist. People have to choose between one model and another. Everyone in Catalonia has realised that not taking part means ratifying the politics of repression of the Spanish government. -Carles Puigdemont

All we want is to carry out the greatest expression of a free democracy and vote on Catalonia's future. This is not about independence: it is about fundamental civil rights and the universal right of self-determination. -Carles Puigdemont

We must have serious dialogue between Catalonia and the Spanish state on a referendum, on independence, and on how a separation from Spain – if that's what the Catalan people choose – would be accomplished. -Carles Puigdemont

Our plan is what the Scottish government had with the U.K. It's an agreement to consult over the independence of Catalonia. And we will not abandon this plan until the end. -Carles Puigdemont

We show each day that we are prepared to act as an independence state… Not just in exceptional moments. -Carles Puigdemont

I don't believe there will be anyone who will use violence or who will want to provoke violence that will tarnish the irreproachable image of the Catalan independence movement as pacifist. -Carles Puigdemont

Talk radio can't work unless you have the kind of independence you get by being part of an independent news network. You can't be beholden to an agenda, and that's what I like about Fox: It doesn't have one. -Alan Colmes

Risk management systems and controls may discourage or limit certain revenue-generating opportunities. Failure to ensure the independence of these functions from the revenue generators and risk takers has been shown to be dangerous, and this is something for which the board is accountable. -Jerome Powell

New York has influenced me a lot in terms of my own independence. I'm really struck by the idea of authenticity, and I think New York embodies that idea, even though people are like, 'I miss the old New York.' But at its core, it has this natural, authentic energy. L.A. lacks that idea; it's painted over. -Paloma Elsesser

The power in Washington, D.C., is centered on the status quo – outdated systems, models, and programs built for a previous century. With more silicon and less concrete, we can open up those models to return power and independence to every man, woman, and child. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

I value my independence a lot, and the thought of having to lose that due to age or any other reason terrifies me. -R. Madhavan

Finding that financial independence away from a broken relationship is probably one of the most powerful places a woman can get to. -Yolanda Hadid

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

More than anything, I think my connection to the sea has really helped me develop my independence and a sense of the importance and value of my own vision. -Diane Greene

Every American must be guaranteed dignity and independence in their retirement. -Jan Schakowsky

As a teenager, I had a weakness for freedom fighters. When Mugabe came to London to negotiate independence, I vanished from home to stand outside his hotel. I was very disappointed that he looked like a dorky teacher. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat's personality is never bet on a human's. He demands acceptance on his own terms. -Lloyd Alexander

I just like my independence and freedom to come and go and not have an entourage. -Fred Eychaner

As president, Barack Obama has the potential to finally bring our country together to meet the enormous challenges ahead. This includes restoring economic prosperity, moving toward energy independence, delivering affordable health care for all, and implementing a responsible, effective foreign policy. -Amy Klobuchar

My best hope is that Libya turns into a peaceful, sensible country that has all the things my father and lots of others have been calling for: independence of the courts and press, a protected and democratic constitution, with different parties involved in a healthy and open debate. -Hisham Matar

As a filmmaker, one tends to want to evolve evermore towards a place of independence. -Bennett Miller

Our clients value our independence as the leading partner of both the established providers and emerging players. -Pierre Nanterme

The rule of law means that law and justice are upheld by an independent judiciary. The judgments of the European Court of Justice have to be respected by all. To undermine them, or to undermine the independence of national courts, is to strip citizens of their fundamental rights. The rule of law is not optional in the European Union. It is a must. -Jean-Claude Juncker

For years, TransCanada has been selling the Keystone XL pipeline to Americans with all of the enthusiasm of a used car salesman – and using all of the same tricks. However, one myth is more egregious than all the rest: this pipeline will enhance America's energy independence. -Tom Steyer

We moved to Zimbabwe when I was five, some years after Zimbabwe had gained independence. -Danai Gurira

With acting, there's a certain amount of independence you have within the framework of the storytelling. When it's done well, it's a collaborative medium. -Maura Tierney

I'm not chasing independence, I'm chasing Walt Disney. I'm looking for a large piece of that box-office pie, not a tiny piece of that box-office pie. -Byron Allen

There are several different ways we can get at unclogging the arteries of lending in America and helping working people achieve financial independence. Part of that is going to be through executive action. Part of that is going to be through reconciliation. -Jeb Hensarling

Our media provides a continuing message that for men, heroism is defined through association with control, independence, and the ability to commit violence, from superheroes to crime dramas. -Deeyah Khan

Here's the American situation – we have moved from a culture of independence to a culture of dependence. We have moved from capitalism into the direction of socialism. We have moved from being a beacon of strength internationally to a position of weakness. -Carlos Beruff

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

Whatever we do toward energy independence has to be done in the context of using less resources. -Alan Mulally

We need to make sure people continue to have access to retirement plans because everyone deserves the opportunity to retire with dignity and financial independence. -Charles Boustany

I loathe categorization. I cherish my independence, and I treasure chivalry. I live just fine with ambiguity, and I welcome a good quarrel about all things designed or grown – except for when men misnomer 'confident' with 'poised' and 'passionate' with 'feisty.' I work hard. -Neri Oxman

Investing in living-wage jobs and reducing the inequities between local school districts would give young people more, not less, incentive to postpone childbearing and more possibilities for independence. -Stephanie Coontz

As a young African, the sense of opportunity that fills my head on a daily basis is, I suspect, reminiscent of how young Africans felt at the cusp of independence. -Ory Okolloh

Even with uncertainty around the future of work in an increasingly automated world, Airbnb will remain a way for women to achieve greater financial independence and social empowerment in the years ahead. -Belinda Johnson

I really love my family. The more independence that I get and the more freedom that I have, the more interested I am in being a dedicated and involved family member. -Maya Hawke

I've never been interested in a career in modelling, I was interested in my independence. When I was in school, modelling was what I needed to reach independence without having to leave. -Maya Hawke

Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Sex Pistols may come and go, but rebellion remains a key part of the rock n' roll experience. However, that rebellion – the outgrowth of a youthful search for independence and identity – doesn't always take the same form. -Robert Hilburn

The 'Guardian''s unique ownership structure safeguards our editorial independence from commercial or political interference and means we can reinvest any money we receive into this journalism that matters so much. -Katharine Viner

I had always wanted to belong, and I had been thinking that this was going to get solved when I had money, and instead, I had no idea how I wanted to live my life. And no one teaches you what to do after you achieve financial independence. So I had to confront that. -Daniel Ek

I believe that being in a position, as a central bank, to influence economic growth does not mean losing independence. -Elvira Nabiullina

I discovered my path to independence through technology as well as the potential for a global lifeline for trans people around the world who were looking for the same. -Angelica Ross

For America, 1812 became the war in which it had finally gained its independence. For Britain, 1812 became the skirmish it had contained, while winning the real war against its greatest nemesis, Napoleon. -Amanda Foreman

The skills you need to fight the colonial power and the skills you need to gain independence are not necessarily the same you need to run a country. -Kofi Annan

The Arab Spring reminds me a bit of the decolonisation process where one country gets independence, and everybody else wants it. -Kofi Annan

Jose Marti, known as 'the Apostle of Cuban Independence,' was an influential poet, journalist, and political theorist who became a symbol for the Cuban people's bid for independence. The concepts of freedom, liberty, and self-determination feature prominently in his work. -Ben Rhodes

What the Anzac legend did do, by the bravery and sacrifice of our troops, was reinforce our own cultural notions of independence, mateship, and ingenuity. Of resilience and courage in adversity. -Paul Keating

We will remain independent for as long as our economy develops as needed. We won't be able to maintain our independence if we ruin the economy. -Alexander Lukashenko

We are not a gigantic state, we do not have nuclear weapons, but our army is sufficiently capable to respond to any threat… Therefore, we will protect our patch of land, our statehood, and our independence. -Alexander Lukashenko

My family come from Cyprus. Both my father and my grandfather worked on the British bases there, and as the British government granted independence to Cyprus, they granted British passports to those who worked with them. -Theo Paphitis

I'm proud of my independence. And certainly from a business perspective, that's always been a main agenda for me – to make my own position, don't try and be like somebody else, because there already is that somebody else. -Rob Van Dam

Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, and I think that the issue of statehood or independence needs to be addressed and needs to be resolved. -Rosie Perez

I got a scholarship, so I was getting my independence and not paying for school. And then here comes the NFL. 'Now you got an opportunity to get drafted? Guess we'll do that.' I did, all right. -John David Washington

Football was the best route to obtain my independence. -John David Washington

Football helped me with confidence that I needed. It gave me a sense of independence and earning my own money and my own keep. That's what it served. It gave me the strength to be able to deal with rejection, politics, hard work, and being introduced to pain and embracing what's uncomfortable. -John David Washington

States that have experienced revolutions or have acquired their independence from empires – such as the U.S. or Australia – tend to celebrate their constitutional documents and put them on show in special galleries so that every citizen can become familiar with them. In the U.K., this is not properly done. -Linda Colley

I have, year after year, been named the most bipartisan member of the whole United States Senate. I have proved my independence. -Susan Collins

In a country that provides no subsidized child care and no mandatory family leave, no assurance of flexibility in the workplace for parents, no universal preschool and minimal safety nets for vulnerable families, making it a crime to offer children independence in effect makes it a crime to be poor. -Kim Brooks

I think part of the way in which kids develop emotional and psychological resiliency is by having some independence. -Kim Brooks

Our founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain because they were dissatisfied with the laws and policies that they believed abridged their freedoms. Had they taken the stance that many want our professional athletes to take – to just shut up and honor your country no matter what – we would be living in British colonies. -Stan Van Gundy

'Laura' was overtly political for sure. Caspary was trying to make a point about women and independence and how men viewed them, with derision or condescension or on a pedestal, when the real person was ignored. -Sarah Weinman

To know how far I've come as a person and an entertainer and a businesswoman, I just hope I represent independence and intelligence and athleticism – everything that a woman should want to be. -Charlotte Flair

My mother insists women must have financial independence, which is why I completed my degree in medicine. -Sai Pallavi

Every manly icon the West has ever admired has embodied the very spirit of American independence. -Steven Crowder

Some experiences can give you a chip on your shoulder, but they also teach you the value of independence and looking out for yourself. -Rick Ross

I think it's empowering for women to be in a relationship or single and have their own independence. -Ashley Roberts

I'm one of seven kids, and I love being around a bunch of siblings because I think it teaches you independence, and it teaches you how to grow up quickly and also just be a good friend and be a good sister. -Abby Huntsman

The success of the first album was almost an anomaly, and it could remain a fantastic anomaly. It was not crafted for commercial success. I remember meetings with my label saying it had no radio singles. For me, the second album was a gesture of independence. -Christine and the Queens

American values come by helping countries fight corruption to build stability. American values flow through tackling climate change and building energy independence. American values come through humanitarian assistance whereby we try to stop catastrophes from happening. -Chris Murphy

I started modelling from the age of 16, and within three years, I was bored and decided to shift to films. But I love modelling because it gave me independence. -Sushmita Sen

It feels like animation has a little more independence than traditional sitcoms ever did. -H. Jon Benjamin

Strategic autonomy is not secured by merely asserting one's independence: it is secured by creating mutually beneficial interdependencies. -Sanjaya Baru

We need a Supreme Court justice who will restore fairness, balance, and independence to the highest level of the judiciary. Based on his record, I do not believe Gorsuch would be that kind of justice. -Bob Casey, Jr.

I think, since I was a kid, I had that independence of being driven and being motivated in whatever I did, whether school work or a sport or even a hobby. -Olivia Holt

Mahatma Gandhi went from Africa to India, and once India won its freedom, it helped African countries to get their independence. -Omar al-Bashir

Catalan society is divided. There's one bloc – which isn't a majority – that backs pro-independence parties. But there's also a bloc that doesn't, which favours the current state, the statute of autonomy, and either increased decentralisation or even increased recentralisation. -Pedro Sanchez

Fundamentally, the solution to economic insecurity is economic prosperity – an achievable goal. But for anyone who has grown up without financial security, there's a shadow that lies over even those who move towards independence: lack of financial literacy. -Stacey Abrams

There's a way to express femininity and independence and strength without going for hanging fruit. -Iliza Shlesinger

I don't want to get into predicting how Judge Gorsuch would vote on the Supreme Court as a Justice Gorsuch. But I will say that those of us who've seen him in court as a judge, those of us who have worked with him as I have on a appellate rules committee, understand that this is a man who brings independence and integrity to the job. -Neal Katyal

Independence sounds good in theory, but in practice, it is mutually exclusive with accountability. The more independence you give a prosecutor, the less you make that prosecutor accountable to the public and regular checks and balances. -Neal Katyal

I have no doubt that if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch would help to restore confidence in the rule of law. His years on the bench reveal a commitment to judicial independence – a record that should give the American people confidence that he will not compromise principle to favor the president who appointed him. -Neal Katyal

I personally think the male and female roles have changed dramatically in the past few decades. Men are no longer the breadwinners. Financial independence for a woman is a huge thing. -Andrea Jeremiah

I have grown up in a family where every one is a part of the defence forces, so freedom and everything related to independence runs deep down my veins. -Nikita Dutta

One of the principles upon which the E.U. is built is the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary. -Frans Timmermans

British-built railways in India helped the British to make money and maintain order; but, as a by-product, they served to unite the country, making it ripe for independence. -Michael Portillo

British-built railways in India helped the British to make money and maintain order and, as a by-product, served to unite the country, ripe for independence. -Michael Portillo

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