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You celebrate who you are. You say, ‘This is my kingdom’.
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A born king is a very rare being.
It is the height of cruelty to rob the individual of a single natural right.
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton
My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.
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Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.
He is a fool who will descend into a well on another man’s rope.
The sovereignty of one’s self over oneself is called liberty.
The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.
Nothing grows well in the shade of a big tree.
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Sovereignty is not given; it is taken.
—Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.
Whatever this is that I am, it is flesh and spirit... and the ruling part.
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Don’t depend on others, or by and by you won’t be able to depend on yourself—nor will anyone else.
(This story appears in the 17 August, 2018 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)