Autonomy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old autonomy quotes, autonomy sayings, and autonomy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Find the autonomy in your work. Autonomy is key to feeling good about the work you do, no matter what kind of work it is.     

Jean Chatzky

There's a loss of autonomy that comes from not being able to own the wealth you've earned.     

Monica Johnson

Many of us overvalue autonomy, the strength to stand alone, the capacity to act independently. Far too few of us pay attention to the virtues of dependence and interdependence, and especially to the capacity to be vulnerable.     

William Sloane Coffin

The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without: to follow one's own path, not that of the crowd.     

Nicholas Tharcher

Moral autonomy appears when the mind regards as necessary an ideal that is independent of all external pressures.     

Jean Piaget

Autonomy is the capacity to act on principles that are one's own and one will exercise this capacity by means of a process of rational reflection on these principles. Autonomy is thought to be necessary for attributing political responsibility.     

Alison Assiter

Autonomy is impossible as long as one is driven by anything.     

Gabor Mate

Self-determination, the autonomy of the individual, asserts itself in the right to race his automobile, to handle his power tools, to buy a gun, to communicate to mass audiences his opinion, no matter how ignorant, how aggressive, it may be.     

Herbert Marcuse

Absolute autonomy inevitably leads to tyranny.     

Jack Provonsha

Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.     

Daniel H. Pink