Independance Quotes

Quotes tagged as "independance" (showing 1-28 of 28)
Ntozake Shange
“one thing I don’t need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don’t know what to do wit em
they don’t open doors
or bring the sun back
they don’t make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didn’t nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry.”
Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

“Do not hold your breath for anyone,
Do not wish your lungs to be still,
It may delay the cracks from spreading,
But eventually they will.
Sometimes to keep yourself together
You must allow yourself to leave,
Even if breaking your own heart
Is what it takes to let you breathe.”
Erin Hanson

H.L. Mencken
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

Malika Oufkir
“I have lost years that I will never get back. Only now am I just beginning to live, on the verge of old age. It is painful and unfair. But today I have a different attitude to life: it can't be constructed from superficial things, no matter how attractive they may appear. Neither wealth not appearances have any importance now.
Pain gave me new life. It took a long time for me to die as Malika, General Oufkir's eldest daughter, the child of a powerful figure, of a past. I've gained an identity. My own identity. And that is priceless.
If there had not been all that waste, all that horror...I'd almost venture to say that my suffering made me grow. In any case, it changed me. for the better. It's as well to make the best of things.”
Malika Oufkir, Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail

Leigh Bardugo
“And now I say to you, Yeva Luchcova: will you remain here with the father who tried to sell you, or the prince who hoped to buy you, or the man too weak to solve his riddles for himself? Or will you come with me and be the bride to nothing but the shore?”
Leigh Bardugo, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

“The moment of realization is: When what you thought you couldn't be without, becomes a part of the past, rather than the start of the future.”
Melody Carstairs

“Contrary to your beliefs, I am stronger then what you give me credit for, but the real lesson here is the knowledge to know I don't owe you an explanation to anything.”
Nikki Rowe

“She wasn't the kind of lady that depended on a man and I think that's what made her so irrestible to them, any man she had loved; she wanted ~ and the men that loved her back couldn't handle not being needed, so she showed them the door and grew her own wings as they walked out. Love to her isn't a maybe thing, nor is it attachment and any man whom thinks he will ever own her would be best not to try at all.”
Nikki Rowe

Edmond Rostand
“Et que faudrait-il faire ?
Chercher un protecteur puissant, prendre un patron,
Et comme un lierre obscur qui circonvient un tronc
Et s'en fait un tuteur en lui léchant l'écorce,
Grimper par ruse au lieu de s'élever par force ?
Non, merci ! Dédier, comme tous ils le font,
Des vers aux financiers ? se changer en bouffon
Dans l'espoir vil de voir, aux lèvres d'un ministre,
Naître un sourire, enfin, qui ne soit pas sinistre ?
Non, merci ! Déjeuner, chaque jour, d'un crapaud ?
Avoir un ventre usé par la marche ? une peau
Qui plus vite, à l'endroit des genoux, devient sale ?
Exécuter des tours de souplesse dorsale ?...
Non, merci ! D'une main flatter la chèvre au cou
Cependant que, de l'autre, on arrose le chou,
Et donneur de séné par désir de rhubarbe,
Avoir son encensoir, toujours, dans quelque barbe ?
Non, merci ! Se pousser de giron en giron,
Devenir un petit grand homme dans un rond,
Et naviguer, avec des madrigaux pour rames,
Et dans ses voiles des soupirs de vieilles dames ?
Non, merci ! Chez le bon éditeur de Sercy
Faire éditer ses vers en payant ? Non, merci !
S'aller faire nommer pape par les conciles
Que dans des cabarets tiennent des imbéciles ?
Non, merci ! Travailler à se construire un nom
Sur un sonnet, au lieu d'en faire d'autres ? Non,
Merci ! Ne découvrir du talent qu'aux mazettes ?
Être terrorisé par de vagues gazettes,
Et se dire sans cesse : "Oh ! pourvu que je sois
Dans les petits papiers du Mercure François" ?...
Non, merci ! Calculer, avoir peur, être blême,
Préférer faire une visite qu'un poème,
Rédiger des placets, se faire présenter ?
Non, merci ! non, merci ! non, merci ! Mais... chanter,
Rêver, rire, passer, être seul, être libre,
Avoir l'œil qui regarde bien, la voix qui vibre,
Mettre, quand il vous plaît, son feutre de travers,
Pour un oui, pour un non, se battre, - ou faire un vers !
Travailler sans souci de gloire ou de fortune,
À tel voyage, auquel on pense, dans la lune !
N'écrire jamais rien qui de soi ne sortît,
Et modeste d'ailleurs, se dire : mon petit,
Sois satisfait des fleurs, des fruits, même des feuilles,
Si c'est dans ton jardin à toi que tu les cueilles !
Puis, s'il advient d'un peu triompher, par hasard,
Ne pas être obligé d'en rien rendre à César,
Vis-à-vis de soi-même en garder le mérite,
Bref, dédaignant d'être le lierre parasite,
Lors même qu'on n'est pas le chêne ou le tilleul,
Ne pas monter bien haut, peut-être, mais tout seul !”
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

“Having someone do certain things for you is like getting someone to chew your food for you.

It might be easier to swallow but it loses all its flavor...

And you want the flavor!”
Ze Frank

“Talking about independence makes me wonder, Who is truly independent in this world? A farmer who grows food is dependent on a baker, a barber, a doctor, and so on. A doctor is dependent on other people of different professions in order to survive. I am dependent and will be dependent on certain caregivers and therapists. Those caregivers and therapists need people like me to earn their bread and butter and draw their salaries. So no one is doing any favors when choosing whatever his means of livelihood is.”
Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind

D.H. Lawrence
“I have a very great fear of love. It is so personal. Let each bird fly with its own wings, and each fish swim its own course.—Morning brings more than love. And I want to be true to the morning.”
D.H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent

Mira Lyn Kelly
“What he wanted was Megan wanting him... but not needing him. Not vulnerable to him. Sure as help not trying to leave him over and over again... and simply failing.”
Mira Lyn Kelly, Waking Up Married

Garth Nix
“And I've never been wicked,' said the Witch firmly. 'Least, not by my measure. Just independant-minded.'

'Wickedness depends on where you're standing, doesn't it?' said Jenny.”
Garth Nix, To Hold the Bridge

“Date a girl who travels they said, but please, know that you will never tame her nor keep her. Because she’ll never sign her letters off with a “your truly” - but always with a “see you when I see you”
lauren klarfeld

“A girl who travels has learned how to dance barefoot. She’s learned to place her toes in the sand and dance through rhythm, not through rehearsed footwork. She’s learned to follow what she likes, not what she needs to like.”
lauren klarfeld

Ruth Warburton
“I am not yours, she thought. I am my own.”
Ruth Warburton, Witch Finder

Ana Claudia Antunes
“C'etait un jour de fete.
Mais l'haine se repete.
Laissez pas la peur dominer le coeur,
Si on veut que l'amour soit vainqueur”
Ana Claudia Antunes, L'Amante de Victor Hugo

Edmond Rostand
“Impossible, Monsieur ; mon sang se coagule
En pensant qu’on y peut changer une virgule.”
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand
“De guiche.
"Portez-les-lui."

Cyrano, tenté et un peu charmé.
"Vraiment…"

De guiche.
"Il est des plus experts.
Il vous corrigera seulement quelques vers…"

Cyrano, dont le visage s’est immédiatement rembruni.
"Impossible, Monsieur ; mon sang se coagule
En pensant qu’on y peut changer une virgule."

De guiche.
"Mais quand un vers lui plaît, en revanche, mon cher,
Il le paye très cher."

Cyrano.
"Il le paye moins cher
Que moi, lorsque j’ai fait un vers, et que je l’aime,
Je me le paye, en me le chantant à moi-même !"

De guiche.
"Vous êtes fier."

Cyrano.
"Vraiment, vous l’avez remarqué ?”
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Albert Camus
“Je réclame l'indépendance dans l'interdépendance.”
Albert Camus, The First Man

Mélissandre L.
“[...] Elle concevait beaucoup plus volontiers qu'on puisse tuer un despote pour pouvoir exister. Débringuer le négligeant, déglinguer l'infidèle, dézinguer le père.”
Mélissandre L., Pop In

“Aimer, c'est n'avoir plus droit au soleil de tout le monde. On a le sien. [in Algèbre des valeurs morales]”
Marcel Jouhandeau

“We’re wasting our time trying to deal with Baghdad, It’s better to call for independence today.”
Davan Yahya Khalil

Simone de Beauvoir
“Place Saint-Sulpice, la main dans la main de ma tante Marguerite qui ne savait pas très bien me parler, je me suis demandé soudain: "Comment me voit-elle?" et j'éprouvai un sentiment aigu de supériorité : car je connaissais mon for intérieur, et elle l'ignorait; trompée par les apparences, elle ne doutait pas, voyant mon corps inachevé, qu'au-dedans de moi rien ne manquait; je me promis, lorsque je serais grande, de ne pas oublier qu'on est à cinq ans un individu complet.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Sylvia Plath
“And then I wondered if as soon as he came to like me he would sink into ordinariness, and if as soon as he came to love me I would find fault after fault, the way I did with Buddy Willard and the boys before him.... The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the coloured arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“A girl who travels won’t need a saviour; she’ll need an accompanier. And she’ll need someone who lives that way too.”
lauren klarfeld

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