Independence Sayings and Quotes

Being Independent offers us the freedom and flexibility to live life the way we choose, whether from a financial, political, relationship, or career standpoint. Not relying on anyone else to do everything for us opens countless possibilities. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes on independence.

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

Brigham Young

Be an independent thinker at all times, and ignore anyone who attempts to define you in a limiting way.     

Sherry Argov

Independence .... is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.     

Mark Twain

I am lord of myself, accountable to none.     

Benjamin Franklin

The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.     

Sydney J. Harris

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.     

George Bernard Shaw

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.     

Coco Chanel

I'd rather die my way than live yours.     

Lauren Oliver

To find yourself, think for yourself.     


If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

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

Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success.     

Samuel Butler

Rule your mind or it will rule you.     


Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.     

Albert Camus

The price for independence is often isolation and solitude.     

Steve Schmidt

He who defines duty for himself is his own master.     

Dick Cheatham

I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.     


There is often as much independence in not being led, as in not being driven.     

Tryon Edwards

Premature independence is the daughter of conceit.     

Idries Shah

You don't need a significant other to lead a significant life.     

Mandy Hale

Don't depend too much on anyone in this world, because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.     

Ibn Taymiyyah

Never depend on anyone to make you happy....You are responsible for your own happiness.     

Rashida Rowe

Financial independence is the ability to live from the income of your own personal resources.     

Jim Rohn

People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.     

Emma Goldman

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.     

Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.     

George Orwell

A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment.     


Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.     

Wayne Dyer

Independence is happiness.     

Susan B. Anthony

Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.     

Stephen Breyer