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

- Walt Whitman

“ My parents were concerned that I would not get good schooling, so they put me up in my uncle's house in Dharwad, and I spent about six years there. So at a very young age, I was away from my parents. I developed an amount of independence and learned to stand on my own feet. ”

- Nandan Nilekani

“ Solitude is independence. ”

- Hermann Hesse

“ Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. ”

- B. R. Ambedkar

“ The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. ”

- James Cash Penney

“ Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone. ”

- Deborah Tannen

“ Millions of Americans cannot tell you who lived at Mount Vernon or who wrote the Declaration of Independence - let alone the Emancipation Proclamation. But they know that to be 'a Benedict Arnold' is to be a traitor of the deepest dye - someone who coldly betrays not only a sacred cause but every moral scruple along the way. ”

- Arthur L. Herman

“ I have grown up alone. I've taken care of myself. I worked, earned money and was independent at 18. ”

- Ingrid Bergman

“ You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. ”

- Charles A. Beard

“ The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. ”

- Denis Waitley

“ I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed. ”

- Martha Stewart

“ I really think we should pass a law in every state, I don't care whether it takes the independence away from an old person or not. You shouldn't be driving a car if you're over the age of 80. Maybe even less than that. ”

- Evel Knievel

“ This year, as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of America's independence, please remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly Old Glory high and show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear. ”

- Kenny Marchant

“ Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence. ”

- Felix Adler

“ The hydrogen powered car, with its high fuel mileage and zero emission rate, is just one example of the products under development that will help increase our energy independence. ”

- Dan Lipinski

“ I have an interesting perspective on depending on others. I think it gives people a chance to serve. And I'm not so much big on independence, as I am on interdependence. I'm not talking about co-dependency, I'm talking about giving people the opportunity to practicing love with its sleeves rolled up. ”

- Joni Eareckson Tada

“ Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. ”

- Malcolm Forbes

“ I am going to take something I learned over in Israel. Their Independence Day is preceded the 24 hours before with Memorial Day, so it gives them a chance to serve and reflect and then celebrate. I am going to try to start that tradition here in America. ”

- Glenn Beck

“ Well, we lost a lot of our independence already. We are dependent on China for credit. We are dependent on Middle Eastern countries for energy supplies. And many Americans are dependent on the government for their income, health care, education of their children, food stamps. ”

- Jim DeMint

“ Education in India has made monumental progress since Independence but continues to face daunting challenges at multiple levels, particularly in terms of quality, infrastructure and dropout rates. We have islands of excellence floating in a sea of mediocrity. ”

- Shashi Tharoor