Quotation Explorer - 'Independent'

One of the most difficult tasks confronting philosophers is to descend from the world of thought to the actual world. Language is the immediate actuality of thought. Just as philosophers have given thought an independent existence, so they were bound to make language into an independent realm.
I think instead [of happiness] we should be working for contentment... an inner sense of fulfillment that's relatively independent of external circumstances. - Andrew Weil
Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a lifestyle and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds. - Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Don't patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back. - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A true survivor is someone who, after 12+ years of being schooled, remains independent in their thinking. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men. - John Randolph
In truth, ideas and principles are independent of men; the application of them and their illustration is man's duty and merit. The time will come when the author of a view shall be set aside, and the view only taken cognizance of. This will be the millennium of Science. - Edward Forbes
At the end of the day, he continued, although many believe in fate, it’s those who go through life with independent thought alone who are the strongest. - Adele Rose
Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn't need a man; be that girl who never backed down. - Taylor Swift
I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it's laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another. - Thomas Jefferson
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent. - W. Somerset Maugham
Genius is independent of situation. - Charles Churchill
More than once, the broken moon would cast through the window a silver light and remind me of independent events yielding to their own momentum and interacting under natural laws while my mind would impose happiness, grief, beauty, ruin, justice and chaos. - Leonard Seet
It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing - that's the Lord's test.
Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe. - Albert Schweitzer
Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries -- slave of prejudice slave of religious fanaticism slave of barbarity and inhumanity. - Saadat Hasan Manto
The intellect, like all cultural values, has created an aristocracy based on the possession of rational culture and independent of all personal ethical qualities of man. The aristocracy of intellect is hence an unbrotherly aristocracy. - Max Weber
Independent is not scary but a brave action. - raveena elizabeth
You must be Independent, Independent, Independent - don't talk so much but do more - go your own way and let your neighbour go his... Shake off all the props - the props tradition and authority give you - and go alone - crawl - stumble - stagger - but go alone. - Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. - Thomas J. Watson
Freedom is alone the unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity; and is independent of the will and co-action of every other… - Immanuel Kant
Today you are no longer a victor nor victim of the past and future, today is completely independent, there are no restrictions; except for the ones you place upon yourself. - Noel DeJesus
The leading research in the adverse human health effects of electromagnetic radiation is not being done by well funded governments or corporations, it is coming from a few self funded independent researchers. - Steven Magee
There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves. - George Washington
Even a child cannot sit here without support. Some support will be necessary. No one can live without the support from the material world. After getting the support from one’s own Soul, one doesn’t need the support from the material world. ‘He’ will then become independent [support-free]. - Dada Bhagwan
And so it is to the printing press--to the recorder of man's deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news--that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent. - John F. Kennedy
People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it?"[Interview in The Independent, 15 October 2005] - Lemmy Kilmister
i'm only an independent woman when there's nothing heavy to carry - lucy ibbetson
It's as though a smile is ageless, or perhaps eternal, independent of the decay and collapse of the surrounding features. - Justin Cartwright
The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions. - Noam Chomsky
I am Not independent But I am dependent to Christ. - Dariush Youkhaneh
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants. - William Cobbett
Good Person, Good Words and Good Action are independent, wisdom lies in recognizing each of this good irrespective of other one or two being not Good. - Venkat Gandhi
There's nothing sexier than imaging myself as an Oxford comma getting unambiguously banged. Throw in a semicolon in between two closely related independent clauses, and a volcanic love of punctuation eruption is guaranteed. - Ella Dominguez
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Our whole social order could self-destruct over the obsession with freedom disconnected from responsibility; where choice is imagined to be somehow independent of consequences. - Boyd K. Packer
The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible - William S. Burroughs
I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a better way to do things than locking children up all day in cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families, mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to be independent and self-reliant and free. - John Taylor Gatto
Independent radical women often live lonely lives if they expect equality. - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
I prefer to rule and work in Nigeria in a free and independent way. I was born free, and I want to die free in the name of my country. - Saminu Kanti
We are not free, separate, and independent entities, but like links in a chain, and we could not by any means be what we are without those who went before us and showed us the way. - Thomas Mann
To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great. - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
What it leads to is the mischief of confusing liturgy with magic -- of imagining there are only a handful of properly effective formulas for conjuring up the mystery, when in fact the mystery is always at work, independent of any formula whatsoever. - Robert Farrar Capon
It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. - James Baldwin
Let your projects be independent organisms. They will develop their own beautiful architecture. - Rossana Condoleo
How happy is the little stoneThat rambles in the road alone,And doesn't care about careers,And exigencies never fears;Whose coat of elemental brownA passing universe put on;And independent as the sun,Associates or glows alone,Fulfilling absolute decreeIn casual simplicity. - Emily Dickinson
I, too, was fiercely independent and thought I could make two equal four. - Dominic Riccitello
Most men claim to desire driven, independent and confident women. Yet when confronted with such a creature reverence often evolves into resent. For just like women, men need to be needed. - Tiffany Madison
Keep your mind free and independent even when someone wants to imprison your body. - Debasish Mridha
Author challenges parents to bridge the gap with maturing, more independent kids with what he calls "Knock and Pray". He says parents should invite their kids to unscheduled times to "pray... big". - Jay Payleitner
Don’t follow any leader; don’t obey to anyone; crowds are slaves; take an independent stance; take orders only from your own mind! - Mehmet Murat ildan
I tend to be drawn to people who are similar. Very independent. And the ones who aren't, it doesn't work. It doesn't last. I’m drawn to quiet people certainly I am now. - Laura Marling
The biologically harmful effects of man-made environmental radiation was a jigsaw of existing information that needed to be assembled by a group of independent researchers that had a broad range of knowledge and were free of corrupt corporate government influence. - Steven Magee
The phenomenon of economic ignorance is so widespread, and its consequences so frightening, that the objective of reducing that ignorance becomes a goal invested with independent moral worth. - Israel M. Kirzner
A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince. - Henry David Thoreau
Art was the first casualty of the Socialist and Communist revolutions of the 20th Century. Socialists killed the independent thinkers first. - A.E. Samaan
An INDEPENDENT Mind......is a terrible thing to waste - Dana Gore
Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, 'that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States. - John Adams
Literature, art, science, and religion degenerate when polemical struggle supplants the independent creation of ideas. - Semen Frank
One will become shameless if he does not fear insults in the worldly life. And in nischay [determination in the spiritual life] if one does not fear being insulted, he becomes independent. - Dada Bhagwan
Nearly all libertarians were once conservatives or progressives or independent statists of some stripe. But scarcely any conservatives, progressives, or independent statists were once libertarians. This asymmetry in the direction of ideological migration is interesting and perhaps informative. - Robert Higgs
The decision to move to the second post-college city (or suburb, or town), however, is usually made independent of friends. No matter if you do it for love, career, family, or school, the second move is on your own terms. - Rachel Bertsche
We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts - C.S. Lewis
But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose. - G. K. Chesterton
The technology is the independent variable, the social system the dependent variable. Social, systems are therefore determined by systems of technology; as the latter change, so do the former. - Leslie White
To be independent is an privilege. - Pradeepa Pandiyan
Appreciate the things and people in your life while remaining independent of them. Give thanks for them, but realize that they do not complete you. Only you can complete you. - Serenity Rey
So much barbarism, however, still remains in the transactions of most civilized nations, that almost all independent countries choose to assert their nationality by having, to their inconvenience and that of their neighbors, a peculiar currency of their own. - John Stuart Mill
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. - Greek Proverb
Parents teach children discipline for two different, indeed diametrically opposed, reasons: to render the child submissive to them and to make him independent of them. Only a self-disciplined person can be obedient; and only such a person can be autonomous. - Thomas Szasz
Once you've charmed a girl and prove how mature and independent you are, just ask her out. - Auliq Ice
Patriotism in an independent nation means timely Action & Affirmation on a constructive mode, and not whiling away the time via Debate & Discussion on a burning topic in the house or a road. - Anuj Somany
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