The Independence Day of Indonesia has just been celebrated. Let’s take a look at some quotations that thought leaders have made on the topic of independence. Note that these comments refer more to the concept of personal independence, rather than the political concept.

“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” Brigham Young

“I’d rather die my way than live yours.” Lauren Oliver

“Be an independent thinker at all times, and ignore anyone who attempts to define you in a limiting way.” Sherry Argov

“Independence …. is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.” Mark Twain

“I am lord of myself, accountable to none.” Benjamin Franklin