Quotes for
the Journey:

Independence

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

Dennis Waitley

   

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.     -Mahalia Jackson

   
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.     -e.e. cummings
   
Independence is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.     -Mark Twain
    
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
  
It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself.  The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question "who am I" except the voice inside herself.     -Betty Friedan
  
Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.     -Louis K. Anspacher
  
The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.     -Isadora Duncan

    
Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others.  Unfold your own myth.     -Rumi, Essential Rumi
  
In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment--independent will--that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments.  Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.     -Stephen R. Covey
  
Independence is important to intelligent decision making for two reasons. First, it keeps the mistakes that people make from becoming correlated. Errors in individual judgement won't wreck the group's collective judgement as long as those errors aren't systematically pointing in the same direction. One of the quickest ways to make people's judgements systematically biased is to make them dependent on each other for information. Second, independent individuals are more likely to have a new information rather than the same old data everyone is already familiar with. The smartest groups, then, are made up of people with diverse perspectives who are able to stay independent of each other. Independence doesn't imply rationality or impartiality though. You can be biased and irrational, but as long as you're independent, you won't make the group any dumber.     -James Surowiecki
  
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  
Humans! The most complex of creatures, and for this reason the most dependent of creatures. On everything that has formed you, you may depend. Do not balk at this apparent slavery. . . . a debtor to many, you pay for your advantages by the same number of dependencies.  Understand that independence is a form of poverty; that many things claim you, that many also claim kinship with you.     -Andre Gide
  
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 Shelley
  
Our treatment of both older people and children reflects the value we place on independence and autonomy. We do our best to make our children independent from birth. We leave them all alone in rooms with the lights out and tell them, Go to sleep by yourselves. And the old people we respect most are the ones who will fight for their independence, who would sooner starve to death than ask for help.     -Margaret Mead
   
Nature never said to me:  Do not be poor; still less did she say:  Be rich; her cry to me was always:  Be independent.     -Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
   
  
Degrees of ability vary, but the basic principle remains the same: the degree of one's independence, initiative and personal love for one's work determines his or her talent as a worker and his worth as a man or woman. Independence is the only gauge of human virtue and value. What a person is and makes of him- or herself; not what they have or haven't done for others. There is no substitute for personal dignity. There is no standard of personal dignity except independence.     -Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
  
You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore. . . But let there be spaces in your togetherness. . . Love one another, but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not of the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.     -Khalil Gibran
  
We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.     -Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers
  
So the fact that Iím me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.     -Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.     -Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
  

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