independence

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, belonging, and independence

Human beings "belong" to some minor comity or enclave of faith at the expense of the clarity and autarkia of their intelligence and conscience, of course.  "Belonging" is another way of saying:  "capitulating to."

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by George Orwell on writing, thinking, and independence

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Contributed by: Lynn

A Quote by 302designs on independence, life, limbs, limitless, sky, leaves, and tree

“With these hands a life will spring-whose limbs will stretch to the limitless sky, whose leaves will grace the vastness of the universe”

302designs

Source: 302

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Anonymous on learning, independence, and self-worth

After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn't mean security
and you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises

you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes open, with
the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn to build your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight

after a while you learn that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so, you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone else to bring you flowers
and you learn you really can endure
that you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn and you learn
with every good-bye you learn.

Anonymous

Contributed by: Cheryl

A Quote by Raphie on honesty, money, george washington, abe lincoln, patrick hamilton, liberty, freedom, and independence

Take note, ye honestly ambitious: we sing happily the praises of the righteous honest in our religious texts, but don't think we really believe that kind of "goodness" pays. The muses of the merry, happy "gooder" ones who rule us, George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Patrick Hamilton harmonize the tune we know speaks true truth. Liberty, freedom and independence are to be found by keeping the notes they grace us with -- the one, five and ten dollar bills -- close by the side. Disregard their song at your own pecuniary peril.

Raphie Frank

Contributed by: Raphie

A Quote by André Gide on man, dependant, slavery, independence, poverty, and kinship

Man! The most complex of creatures, and for this reason the most dependant of creatures. On everything that has formed you, you may depend. Do not balk at this apparent slavery….a debtor to many, you pay for your advantages by the same number of dependencies. Understand that independence is a form of poverty; that many things claim you, that many also claim kinship with you.

Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)

Source: The Journals of Andre Gide

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on public opinion, popular opinion, easy, solitude, and independence

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: www.quotegarden.com

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on public opinion, popular opinion, easy, solitude, and independence

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: www.quotegarden.com

Contributed by: Anu

A Quote by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on independence and future

You, the sons and daughters, the future of Turkiye, even under such circumstances and conditions, your duty is to save the Turkish independence and the Republic, you will find the power you need in the noble blood in your veins.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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A Quote by Gilbert Meilaender on desire, satisfaction, delight, longing, receptivity, and independence

The proper posture for the creature is one of receptivity. In Perelandra we see several ways in which this posture could be corrupted or destroyed. First it is always possible to seek ways to assure ourselves of repeating the pleasure. This is what makes money so suspect in Lewis' eyes - it is a means by which we assure ourselves that we can have the pleasure whenever we want it. It provides a measure of independence. One no longer has to throw oneself into the wave. Second, even when one pleasure is given, it is (as the Lady discovered) possible to turn from what is given to something which is (thought to be) preferred. And this, in turn, is what makes a life oriented toward the future suspect for Lewis - to commit too much of one's hopes and happiness to the future will make impossible the posture of receptivity appropriate to a creature.

In either case-whether we try to secure means for repeating the pleasure at will or turn from what is given to something else which is desired - Lewis thinks that we will eventually lose the capacity for delighting in what is received. For to treat a created thing as something more than that is to destroy its true character. To seek in any created thing a complete fulfillment of the longing which moves us is to make of it an object of infinite desire and, because it is only a created thing, a false infinite. It may still be sweet, at least for a time, because it is intended by its Giver to be a source of delight. But in the end it will be poison for the person who gives his heart only to it. Hence the constant temptation: the lure of the sweet poison of the false infinite.


Gilbert Meilaender

Source: The Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C. S. Lewis, Pages: 18

Contributed by: Richard

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