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Celebrate the 4th of July with Empowering Independence Quotes

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence is one of the United States of America’s most cherished symbol of liberty.  

Today I feel grateful for what I have and will continue to work on being a compassionate human being to impact this life in a positive way.  I have compiled a long list of quotes by many famous names you will find familiar contemplating what is means to be independant.  I hope you find a few minutes to contemplate on what it means to be independant and have freedom.

May you enjoy a fun and safe holiday and be inspired by these empowering quotes.

4th of July

 

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” Jane Austen

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” Bob Marley

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”  Albert Einstein

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”  Socrates  

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential.” Leo Tolstoy

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” Albert Einstein

“I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.” George Carlin

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” Michel de Montaigne

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” Thomas Paine

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Steve Jobs

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”  A.A. Milne

“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

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.” Voltaire

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” Christopher Hitchens

“I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.” Virginia Woolf

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” Galileo Galilei

“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

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Ralph Ellison

“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”  Henry Ford

 “Independence isn’t doing your own thing; it’s doing the right thing on your own.” Kim John Payne

“The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Freedom” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The small are always dependent on the great; they are “small” precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other “greats” and who can transform it in an original manner.” Martin Heidegger

I think this might be my favorite one today.

“Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” George Bernard Shaw


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