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

It's so important to have that independence. You know it yourself: Everyone needs evenings of their own.     

Olivia Wilde

Being brave enough to be alone frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them and not because you need them.     

Mandy Hale

You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation.     

Charles E. Popplestone

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.     

Willa Cather

The first of earthly blessings, independence.     

Edward Gibbon

Nobody gives you a chance... So you just have to stand on your own two feet and take them.     

Christon Henry

Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn.     

H. L. Mencken

Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.     

Stephen Breyer

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.     

Pope John Paul II

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.     

Mahatma Gandhi

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

As the American colonies declared their independence from the British empire, they already knew that declaring independence was one thing, securing it was another.     

Mark Edward Lender

Surely, if anything is proven by whole oceans and continents of evidence, it is the quality of independence was almost wholly left out of the human race.     

Mark Twain

Liberals sought and achieved independence from Great Britain with the Revolutionary War.     

Thomas Bonsell

The strongest force in the world today is the desire for national independence, reaching well beyond any ideology or really any national power.     

John F. Kennedy

If there is a single issue that divides the world today, it is independence.     

John F. Kennedy

The constitution of the united states stresses not independence but interdependence, not the individual liberty of one but the indivisible liberty of all.     

John F. Kennedy

The greatest of all human benefits, that, at least, without which no other benefit can be truly enjoyed, is independence.     

Parke Godwin

Let all your views in life be directed to a solid, however moderate, independence; without it no man can be happy nor even honest.     


Self-government, self-discipline, self-responsibility are the triple safeguards of the independence of man.     

Bernice Moore

To be independent is the business of a few only; it is the privilege of the strong.     

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Independence is of more value than any gifts; and to receive gifts is to lose it.     


Liberty requires opportunity to make a living--a living which gives a man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

This right of speech is very dear to the hearts of intelligent lovers of liberty. It is the delights of the lovers of liberty, it is the dread and terror of tyrants.     

Frederick Douglass

Too little liberty brings stagnation and too much brings chaos.     

Bertrand Russel

But, I’m sick of playing the fool / I’m probing for His acceptance / I’m yearning for my independence / Not your vengeance…not your eloquence…     

Mario William Vitale

With bravery - with bravery / Each man began to feel 'the firm' / No longer owned it for its worm / Their independence they could see / Achieved by simple unity.     

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

Her frank, clear eyes bespeak a mind / Old-world traditions fail to bind / She is not shy / Or bold, but simply self-possessed / Her independence adds a zest / Unto her speech, her piquant jest / Her quaint reply.     

Ethel Castilla

A little bit independent with your smile / A little bit independent in your style / But how can I help but love you all the while / When you're so easy on the eyes.     

Edgar Leslie

The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.     

John F. Kennedy

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.     

Albert Camus

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.     

Soren Kierkegaard

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.     

Benjamin Franklin

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.     

Nelson Mandela

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be     

James Baldwin

How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?     

Anais Nin

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.     

Thomas Paine

I do not wish them (women) to have power over men; but over themselves.     

Mary Wollstonecraft

I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.     

Theodore Roosevelt

'Single' is an opportunity to live life on your own terms and not apologize.     

Mandy Hale

But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.     

Megan Whalen Turner

United States: the country where liberty is a statue.     

Nicanor Parra

Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.     

Henry David Thoreau