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condition of a nation, country, or state which exercises self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory
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No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Independence is exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.


  • No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.
  • Independence, the freedom of a self-governing nation, is in my estimation the highest political good, for which any disadvantage, if need be, and any sacrifice are a cheap price.
    • Enoch Powell, Speech at Stockport (8 June 1973), from Simon Heffer, Like the Roman. The Life of Enoch Powell (Phoenix, 1999), p. 669.
  • It is a great folly to lose the inner man in order to gain the outer, that is, to give up the whole or the greater part of one’s quiet, leisure, and independence for splendour, rank, pomp, titles and honours.
    • Arthur Schopenhauer, “Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life,” Parerga und Paralipomena, E. Payne, trans. (1974) Vol. 1, p. 334

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 391.
  • I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine: Every man for himself and God for us all.
  • All we ask is to be let alone.
    • Jefferson Davis, First Message to the Confederate Congress (April 29, 1861).
  • When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
  • The whole trouble is that we won't let God help us.
  • Voyager upon life's sea:—
    To yourself be true,
    And whate'er your lot may be,
    Paddle your own canoe.
    • Dr. Edward P. Philpots, Paddle your own Canoe; Written for Harry Clifton. Appeared in Harper's Monthly, May 1854. See Notes and Queries, May 25, 1901, p. 414. Another song written by Mrs. S. K. Bolton has same refrain. Pub. in Family Herald, 1853. Also in Song by Mrs. Sarah Tittle. (Barritt).
  • Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
    Your favours nor your hate.
  • Thy spirit, Independence, let me share!
    Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye,
    Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,
    Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
  • Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven's next best gift,
    To that of life and an immortal soul!
  • L'injustice à la fin produit l'indépendance.
    • Injustice in the end produces independence.
    • Voltaire, Tancrède, III. 2.
  • Independence now: and INDEPENDENCE FOREVER.

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