A Quote by Paulo Coelho on freedom, independence, sheep, and shepherds

Pity those who seek for shepherds, instead of longing for freedom!

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 11

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Naomi Long Madgett on mothers, daughters, children, and independence


I tried to tell her:
    This way the twig is bent.
    Born of my trunk and strengthened by my roots,
    You must stretch newgrown branches
    Closer to the sun
    Than I can reach.

I wanted to say:
    Extend my self to that far atmosphere
    Only my dreams allow.

But the twig broke,
And yesterday I saw her
Walking down an unfamiliar street,
    Feet confident
    Face slanted upward toward a threatening sky,
    She was smiling
    And she was
    Her very free,
    Her very individual,

Naomi Long Madgett

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 28

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Albert Einstein on social justice, social responsibility, community, independence, people, self, and solitude

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.  I am truly a "lone traveler" and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude - feelings which increase with the years.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Ideas And Opinions, Pages: 9 (The World As I See It)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Isadora Duncan on children, inheritance, and independence

The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.

Isadora Duncan

Source: My Life

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on people, independence, country, and wine

The best people, like the best wines, come from the hills.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 39

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Seneca on knowledge, learning, and independence

It is one thing to remember, another to know.  To remember is to safeguard something entrusted to the memory.  But to know is to make each thing one's own, not depend on the text and always to look back to the teacher.  "Zeno said this, Cleanthes said this."  Let there be space between you and the book.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Letters

Contributed by: Priestess MJ

A Quote by unknown on love, life, insanity, life path, partnership, cooperation, and independence

I couldn't drive you insane, you were behind the wheel the whole time. In your life, I ride shotgun.


Source: A thought from the book "The Newborn" (not yet published)

Contributed by: Kai Balance

A Quote by Patrick McBride on sundrops, independence, and worry

When there is a storm in your life, it is not the time to build. No creature on earth tries to build during a storm. Conserve your energy until the storm passes.    

The dance floor of life is filled with joy for everyone except for those who forget that it is better to dance by yourself than to dance with a partner who always criticizes your step.    

You would not go into an apple orchard and eat the weeds so why would you go into your day and feast on worries?

Patrick McBride

Contributed by: Circlelove

A Quote by Patricia A. McKillip on independence and finding your voice

"You will do as you're told, and that's the end." 

She thought about that for a split second, answered calmly, "No.  I won't.  What will you do?"

Patricia McKillip

Source: Od Magic, Pages: 301

Contributed by: Marylin

A Quote by Sandra Newman on life and independence

You're getting like an attitude.  What you get put through for just wanting something more out of life.  Makes you vulnerable.  Inside, that tug of desperation, trying not to be excited, maybe this is it, and it's usually freaks and you want to shout I'm not like you.

Sandra Newman

Source: The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, Pages: 166

Contributed by: Grace

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