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Independence Quotes

  • "Quit waiting to get picked; quit waiting for someone to give you permission; quit waiting for someone to say you are officially qualified—and pick yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, but it does mean you stand up and say, “I have something to say. I know how to do something. I’m doing it. If you want me to do it with you, raise your hand.”"
    Seth Godin (1960–), US entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker
    Source: Interviewed on The Great Discontent blog (August 14, 2012)
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma … Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Commencement address, Stanford University, California (June 12, 2005)
  • "A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away."
    Charles M. Schwab (18621939), US industrialist
    Source: Quoted in The Game of Life (Lou Harry, 2004)
  • "You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something."
    Larry D. Ellison (1944–), US cofounder and CEO of Oracle Corporation
    Source: Forbes (October 2000)
  • "It's better to be a pirate than join the Navy."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Quoted in West of Eden (Frank Rose, 1989)
  • "Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves."
    Peter McArthur (18661924), Canadian journalist and author
    Source: The Best of Peter McArthur (1967)
  • "No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or get rich in business by being a conformist."
    J. Paul Getty (18921976), US entrepreneur, oil industry executive, and financier
    Source: International Herald Tribune (Paris) (1961)
  • "I want to prevent as many men as possible from pretending that they have to do this or that because they must earn a living. It is not true."
    Henry Miller (18911980), US writer
    The book was based on Miller’s five years’ experience working for Western Union; he walked out of the job in 1925 declaring, “My own master now.”
    Source: Tropic of Capricorn (1939)
  • "God makes the animals, man makes himself."
    Georg C. Lichtenberg (17421799), German scientist and writer
    Source: Notebook entry
  • "Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else."
    Sir Alan, Lord Sugar (1947–), British entrepreneur, TV personality, and founder of Amstrad electronics company
    Source: The Apprentice (UK), BBC TV
  • "Never sing in chorus, if you want to be heard."
    Jules Archibald (18561919), Australian journalist
    Source: Attributed

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