Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on being independent

Published: Aug 8, 2015 06:40:22 AM IST
Updated: Aug 6, 2015 05:17:57 PM IST
Thoughts on being independent
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The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Coco Chanel

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

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

People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.
Emma Goldman

So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.
Haruki Murakami

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.
HL Mencken

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
Gloria Steinem

There are some who want to get married and others who don’t. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.
Greta Garbo

Injustice in the end produces independence.
Voltaire

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Albert Camus

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

(This story appears in the 21 August, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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