An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.


David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973, Polish-born Israeli Prime Minister)


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


Willa Cather (1876-1947, American author)


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 (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


I am lord of myself, accountable to none.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


In the word of no master am I bound to believe.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


I can never suppose this country so far lost to all ideas of self-importance as to be willing to grant America independence; if that could ever be adopted I shall despair of this country being ever preserved from a state of inferiority and consequently falling into a very low class among the European States.


King George III (1738-1820, King of England and Ireland (1760--1820))


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 (1911-1972, American gospel singer)


I equally dislike the favor of the public with the love of a woman -- they are both a cloying treacle to the wings of independence.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


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 (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Seven sons of one mother, and each one of a different mind.


Cuban Proverb (Sayings of Cuban origin)


The price for independence is often isolation and solitude.


Steve Schmidt


The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


So live that you can look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell.


Author Unknown


The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


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 (1759-1797, British feminist writer)


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