The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.
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
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. Calvin Coolidge
I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life - and I became that woman. Diane von Furstenberg
I guess you'd call me an independent, since I've never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label. Jackie Robinson