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1. “It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”

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Author : Coco Chanel

2. “I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”

Tags : Autonomy Complacency Ethics Independence Politics Proactivity Self Determination Society
Author : Howard Zinn

3. “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”

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Source : The Infinity Sign

4. “Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”

Tags : Abuse Of Authority Abuse Of Power Autonomy Choice Control Freedom Of Choice Manipulation Oppression Puppet

5. “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”

Tags : Autonomy Carpe Diem Cherish Enjoy Life Self Empowerment Self Reliance Solitude
Author : Eve Ensler

6. “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well.The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.”

Tags : Autonomy Disappointment Perfectionism Realism
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Pride and Prejudice

7. “Nine out of ten eugenicists in the 20th Century were also Progressives or Socialists, as central to the eugenic creed is the desire to engineer and centrally plan human reproduction and heredity. These were not people that believed in individual liberty. They certainly didn't believe the individual had the right to chose their own mate freely. They were statists, They were totalitarians at heart.”

Tags : Autonomy Central Planners Civil Libertarian Civil Liberties Eugenicists Eugenics Fabian Socialism Individual Liberty Planned Society Progressives Progressivism Race Hygiene Reproductive Rights Scientific Racism Socialism Socialist Socialized Medicine Statism Statist Totalitarian Totalitarianism Utopian Socialism
Author : A.E. Samaan

8. “Legalize the right to choose wrong.Legalize individual liberty.”

Tags : Autonomy Freedom Freedom Of Choice Individual Liberty Libertarian Libertarianism Self Government
Author : A.E. Samaan

9. “The material world is all feminine. The feminine engergy makes the non-manifest, manifest. So even men (are of the feminine energy). We have to relinquish our ideas of gender in the conventional sense. This has nothing to do with gender, it has to do with energy. So feminine energy is what creates and allows anything which is non-manifest, like an idea, to come into form, into being, to be born. All that we experience in the world around us, absolutely everything (is feminine energy). The only way that anything exists is through the feminine force.”

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Author : Zeena Schreck

10. “There are Tantrics who deliberately seek to do more active forms of renunciation, so transgression of social norms and breaking of taboo, and breaking of social taboos especially, is a form of renunciation.”

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Author : Zeena Schreck

11. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.You must travel it by yourself.It is not far. It is within reach.Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”

Tags : Autonomy Journey Self Reliance
Author : Walt Whitman
Source : Leaves of Grass

12. “To give herself a measure of credible autonomy, she had decided to invent a husband. Then, in a subsequent flash of inspiration, she had just as quickly killed him off.”

Tags : Autonomy Fiction Fictional Husband Inspiration Invent Pretend Pretense Widow
Source : The Accidental Mistress

13. “How happy is the little stoneThat rambles in the road alone,And doesn't care about careers,And exigencies never fears;Whose coat of elemental brownA passing universe put on;And independent as the sun,Associates or glows alone,Fulfilling absolute decreeIn casual simplicity.”

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14. “The proverb warns that, 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”

Tags : Autonomy Independence Self Reliance
Author : Thomas Szasz

15. “The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without: to follow one's own path, not that of the crowd.”

Tags : Autonomy Metaphysics Philosophy
Source : Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation

16. “It is not commercial success but originality and proof of autonomy which are admired.”

Tags : Autonomy Commercial Creativity Inpirational Journalism Success

17. “I don't need anyone to hold me, I can hold my own.”

Tags : Autonomy Self Reliance
Author : Ani DiFranco

18. “Do not repeat after me words that you do not understand. Do not merely put on a mask of my ideas, for it will be an illusion and you will thereby deceive yourself.”

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19. “There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.”

Tags : Autonomy
Source : Purple Hibiscus

20. “Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”

Tags : Autonomy Compliance Control Engagement Motivation

21. “Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven't realized that todayis tomorrow's nostalgia.”

Tags : Autonomy Buddhism Disillusionment Illusion Impermanence Individuation Nostalgia Nostalgic Reality Spiritual Transformation Tantric Buddhism Zeena Schreck
Author : Zeena Schreck

22. “Up until then it had only been himself. Up to then it had been a private wrestle between him and himself. Nobody else much entered into it. After the people came into it he was, of course, a different man. Everything had changed then and he was no longer the virgin, with the virgin's right to insist upon platonic love. Life, in time, takes every maidenhead, even if it has to dry it up; it does not matter how the owner wants to keep it. Up to then he had been the young idealist. But he could not stay there. Not after the other people entered into it.”

Tags : Autonomy Emotions Indifference Sense Of Self Virginity
Author : James Jones
Source : From Here to Eternity

23. “The anarch is (I am simplifying) on the side of gold: it fascinates him, like everything that eludes society. Gold has its own immeasurable might. It need only show itself, and society with its law and order is in jeopardy.The anarch is on the side of gold : this is not to be construed as a lust for gold. He recognizes gold as the central and immobile power. He loves it, not like Cortez, but like Montezuma, not like Pizarro but like Atahualpa ....”

Tags : Anarch Autonomy Gold Society
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

24. “The struggle is lost from the beginning, long before the victorious party or army conquers state power and ‘betrays’ its promises. It is lost once power itself seeps into the struggle, once the logic of power becomes the logic of the revolutionary process, once the negative of refusal is converted into the positive of power-building.”

Tags : Anti Capitalism Autonomy State Power
Author : John Holloway

25. “If the Bahreini royal family can have an embassy, a state, and a seat at the UN, why should the twenty-five million Kurds not have a claim to autonomy? The alleviation of their suffering and the assertion of their self-government is one of the few unarguable benefits of regime change in Iraq. It is not a position from which any moral retreat would be allowable.”

Tags : Al Khalifa Family Autonomy Bahrain Iraq Iraq War Kurdish People Kurdistan Morality Royalty Statehood
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

26. “Dalin must have whiffed the anarch in me, a man with no ties to state or society. Still, he was unable to sense an autonomy that puts up with these forces as objective facts but without recognizing them. What he lacked was a grounding in history.Opposition is collaboration; this was something from which Dalin, without realizing it, could not stay free. Basically, he damaged order less than he confirmed it. The emergence of the anarchic nihilist is like a goad that convinces society of its unity.The anarch, in contrast, not only recognizes society a priori as imperfect, he actually acknowledges it with that limitation. He is more or less repulsed by state and society, yet there are times and places in which the invisible harmony shimmers through the visible harmony. This is obviously chiefly in the work of art. In that case, one serves joyfully.But the anarchic nihilist thinks the exact opposite. The Temple of Artemis, to cite an example, would inspire him to commit arson. The anarch, however, would have no qualms about entering the temple in order to meditate and to participate with an offering. This is possible in any temple worthy of the name.”

Tags : Anarch Anarchism Art Autonomy Nihilism Society State
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

27. “A basic theme for the anarch is how man, left to his own devices, can defy superior forces – whether state, society, or the elements – by making use of their rules without submitting to them.‘It is strange,’ Sir William Parry wrote when describing the igloos on Winter Island, ‘it is strange to think that all these measure are taken against the cold – and in houses of ice.”

Tags : Anarch Autonomy Society
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

28. “The first step away from being manipulated, and towards a more autonomous outlook, is to stand back from a set of responses and think.”

Tags : Autonomy Freedom Freedom Of Thought Manipulation
Source : Causing Death and Saving Lives

29. “The ship founders on a sandbank and then gets back afloat. Electric power stops; after a while, the machines start up again. During such recesses, the anarch measures his own strength and autonomy.”

Tags : Anarch Autonomy
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

30. “My family subscribed to this rigid belief system. They were unaware of the reality that gender, like sexuality, exists on a spectrum. By punishing me, they were performing the socially sanctioned practice of hammering the girl out of me, replacing her with tenets of gender-appropriate behavior. Though I would grow up to fit neatly into the binary, I believe in self-determination, autonomy, in people having the freedom to proclaim who they are and define gender for themselves. Our genders are as unique as we are. No one's definition is the same, and compartmentalizing a person as either a boy or a girl based entirely on the appearance of genitalia at birth undercuts our complex life experiences.”

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Author : Janet Mock
Source : Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

31. “The surest way to damage society is to call for a "great man" to lead it. The surest way to improve society is to become a great man to lead oneself and convince others to do likewise.”

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32. “In their writing on education, Deci and Ryan proceed from the principle that humans are natural learners and children are born creative and curious, “intrinsically motivated for the types of behaviors that foster learning and development.” This idea is complicated, however, by the fact that part of learning anything, be it painting or programming or eighth-grade algebra, involves a lot of repetitive practice, and repetitive practice is usually pretty boring. Deci and Ryan acknowledge that many of the tasks that teachers ask students to complete each day are not inherently fun or satisfying; it is the rare student who feels a deep sense of intrinsic motivation when memorizing her multiplication tables.It is at these moments that extrinsic motivation becomes important: when behaviors must be performed not for the inherent satisfaction of completing them, but for some separate outcome. Deci and Ryan say that when students can be encouraged to internalize those extrinsic motivations, the motivations become increasingly powerful. This is where the psychologists return to their three basic human needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. When teachers are able to create an environment that promotes those three feelings, they say, students exhibit much higher levels of motivation.And how does a teacher create that kind of environment? Students experience autonomy in the classroom, Deci and Ryan explain, when their teachers “maximize a sense of choice and volitional engagement” while minimizing students’ feelings of coercion and control. Students feel competent, they say, when their teachers give them tasks that they can succeed at but that aren’t too easy — challenges just a bit beyond their current abilities. And they feel a sense of relatedness when they perceive that their teachers like and value and respect them.”

Tags : Autonomy Classroom Competence Deci Intrinsic Motivation Relatedness
Author : Paul Tough
Source : Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why

33. “Privacy’ is an unusable term. We should instead talk about freedom, autonomy and self-determination of the individual. Being allowed to be yourself, to think whatever you want and to act within the law with no hindrance. That resonates with everyone.”

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Author : Danny Mekić

34. “Why, isabel? Why are you doing this to yourself? To your body?'And why are you doing this to me? is the awful, selfish thought that is left unsaid.'Because I can,' she answers, and I shiver as she unconsciously echoes chastity-ruth.'But-''Because it's my body,' she cuts in. 'Isn't it?”

Tags : Autonomy Control Self Self Abuse Self Control
Source : Only Ever Yours

35. “You do not attain success when you associate with those in high positions, It comes when you accept yourself and realize that only you can take yourself to where your heart truly lies.”

Tags : Acceptance Assistance Association Attainment Autonomy Believe In Yourself Composure Exposure Fame Hard Work Heart High Humility Modesty Navigation Position Realization Shortcut Success Top You

36. “You made me laugh at your jokes.You made me cry at your criticism.You made me shout at your lies.Then I noticed how in every case someone else was present, hearing you without laughter or tears or anger.I alone reacted.I see now; you never made me laugh or cry or rage.I chose to find humor.I chose to take offense.I chose to feel scorned.The truth is, you never had power over me.”

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Source : Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

37. “What is the good of telling a community that it has every liberty except the liberty to make laws? The liberty to make laws is what constitutes a free people.”

Tags : Anarchy Autonomy Freedom Laws Liberty Rebellion
Source : Heretics

38. “I've always stressed the value of autonomy for intellectual and moral development. Autonomy provides us with a sphere of discretion which we all require.”

Tags : Autonomy Discretion Intellectual Freedom

39. “A unifying factor between the different traditions and lineages of Tantra, is that it is feminine in nature. It acknowledges the feminine as the basis from which all the practices spring. Therefore, Tantra is by its nature, the understanding that all phenomenal existence, the universe, or cosmos, that we experience is feminine in nature.”

Tags : Animism Autonomy Bhakti Dissident Ecstasy Female Feminine Principle Freedom Independence Initiation Inspiration Left Hand Path Magic Revolutionary Shamanism Spiritual Journey Spirituality Subversion Taboo Breaking Taboos Tantra Tantric Buddhism Vamamarga Women Warriors Zeena Schreck
Author : Zeena Schreck

40. “In order to understand why one chooses to be a Tantric practitioner, there has to be an understanding of cause and effect, cyclic existence, the awareness that the reality that we think we are seeing is not reality as it really truly is. So enlightenment is seeing reality with bare awareness, non-conceptual reality.”

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Author : Zeena Schreck

41. “There are Tantrics who deliberately break taboos and social norms and then there are other Tantrics who, by means of their practices and the way that they practice, that to society in general, it may have the appearance of breaking social norms but in fact that is just the manifestation of the progress of their practice.”

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Author : Zeena Schreck

42. “... In a ROWE* people don't have schedules.They show up when they want.They don't have to be in the office at certain time, or anytime.They just have to get their work done.How they do it ?When they do it ?Where they do it ?It's totally up to them.Meetings & this kind of environments are Optional.What happens ... ?Almost across the board !- Productivity goes up- Worker Engagement goes up- Worker Satisfaction goes up- Turnovers goes down- Autonomy .. Mastery .. Purpose -these are the building blocks of new way of doing things."______________________________________________________________*ROWE: results-only work environment”

Tags : Autonomy Efficiency Effictiveness Engagementm Satisfaction Job Mastery Motivation Office Productivity Purpose Rowe Turnover Work

43. “FUCK "UNITY"!! What a pathetic way of thinking. How arrogant of Progressives to think that my hopes and dreams mirror their hopes and dreams. What an absolute bore.... what an total lack of originality or individuality... I believe in individual liberty. I am an extremist on the topic of individual liberty, precisely because I value original thinking and original accomplishments. Fuck unity of purpose. Fuck collectivism. My life is not your life. I have my own path. Get out of my way.”

Tags : Autonomy Collectivism Communism Communists Fascism Fascists Individual Liberty Individual Rights Individuality Libertarian Liberty Progressives Socialism Socialists Unity Utopia Utopian
Author : A.E. Samaan

44. “We want autonomy for ourselves and safety for those we love. That remains the main problem and paradox for the frail. Many of the things that we want for those we care about are things that we would adamantly oppose for ourselves because they would infringe upon our sense of self.”

Tags : Autonomy Elderly Care Independence Sense Of Self
Author : Atul Gawande

45. “Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life. Redeem your mind from the hockshops of authority. Accept the fact that you are not omniscient, but playing a zombie will not give you omniscience—that your mind is fallible, but becoming mindless will not make you infallible—that an error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it, but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error.”

Tags : Authority Autonomy Choices Expansion Freedom Knowledge Self Trust Soveriegnty Truth
Author : Ayn Rand

46. “At our present bad moment, we need above all to recover our sense of literary individuality and of poetic autonomy.”

Tags : Autonomy Individuality
Author : Harold Bloom
Source : The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

47. “Part of the discipline of the person-centred approach is not to make assumptions about the client's appropriate process, but to follow the process laid out by the client.”

Tags : Autonomy Counselling Nondirectiveness Person Centred Process Therapy
Author : Dave Mearns
Source : Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

48. “But there is a critical point about differences between individuals that exerts arguably more influence on worker productivity than any other. The factor is locus of control, a fancy name for how people view their autonomy and agency in the world. People with an internal locus of control believe that they are responsible for (or at least can influence) their own fates and life outcomes. They may or may not feel they are leaders, but they feel that they are essentially in charge of their lives. Those with an external locus of control see themselves as relatively powerless pawns in some game played by others; they believe that other people, environmental forces, the weather, malevolent gods, the alignment of celestial bodies-- basically any and all external events-- exert the most influence on their lives.”

Tags : Agency Autonomy Locus Of Control
Source : The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

49. “He moved his line in the sand. This is what it means to have autonomy -- you may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.”

Tags : Autonomy End Of Life
Author : Atul Gawande
Source : Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

50. “With an evermore increase of industrialisation machine stops being merely a tool, develops a life of its own and imposes its rhythm onto human. Operating it he moves mechanically, becomes part of the machine.”

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Source : Fritz Lang. Filmbilder, Vorbilder

51. “As a woman I am so curious about prostitutes because of the idea that they know men better than you. Also, it's such a strange way to live. But at the same time there are prostitutes who just want to be prostitutes, and this is this woman, nobody pushed her to do it. She's a prostitute because she wants to be a prostitute. It's her philosophy of life.”

Tags : Autonomy Choice No Shame Own Accord Prostitute Sex Worker

52. “Malcolm X and Edmund Burke shared an appreciation of this important insight, this painful truth--that the state wants men to be weak and timid, not strong and proud.”

Tags : Autonomy Edmund Burke Independence Liberty Malcolm X Power Corrupts
Author : Thomas Szasz
Source : Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts and Pushers

53. “Movement away from defensive destructiveness and towards greater social responsibility is a characteristic of this [actualising] tendency. The political implication of this position is that we do not need to be controlled by authority. We, individually and collectively, not only have the right to self-determination and group determination but, given the necessary conditions, can be trusted to use our power responsibly.”

Tags : Actualising Tendency Autonomy Carl Rogers Person Centred Personal Responsibility Politics Power Social Responsibility
Author : Rose Cameron
Source : Person-Centred Practice: The BAPCA Reader

54. “Individualism turns a band into a society. Collectivism turns society into a mob.”

Tags : Autonomy Collectivism Individualism Society

55. “With their concern for personal autonomy and individual freedom, anarchists more than any other socialists are aware of the inhumanity of both physical punishment and manipulative cure for anti-social members of the community. They look to reasoned argument and friendly treatment to deal with criminals and wish to respect their humanity and individuality.”

Tags : Anarchism Autonomy Freedom Individual Freedom Individuality Philosophy Society
Source : Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism

56. “The anarchist conclusion is that every kind of human activity should begin from what from what is local and immediate, should link in a network with no centre and no directing agency, hiving off new cells as the original grows.”

Tags : Anarchism Autonomy Federalism Organisation
Author : Colin Ward
Source : Anarchy in Action

57. “The petite bourgeoise and small property in general represent a precious zone of autonomy and freedom in state systems increasingly dominated by large public and private bureaucracies.”

Tags : Autonomy Bureaucracy Capitalism Freedom Life Petite Bourgeoise Private Sector Public Sector Trade Unions Work
Source : Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity and Meaningful Work and Play

58. “There's a line in the picture where he (Johnny - The Wild One) snarls, 'Nobody tells me what to do.' That's exactly how I've felt all my life.”

Tags : Anti Authoritarian Autonomy Independence Individual Liberty Self Ownership
Author : Marlon Brando

59. “The greatest power one human being can exert over others is to control their perceptions of reality, and infringe on the integrity and individuality of their world. This is done in politics, in psychotherapy.”

Tags : Autonomy Frame Of Reference Influence Oppression Phenomenology Power
Source : Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

60. “I thought of Bobby, of the last look he had given me, and at that moment I understood one of the differences between man and cat: man knows he's going to die, so he can get ready and be willing, even eager, to go. A cat knows the end is near, but that's all. He can't accept death: he can't trust in it; cats are perhaps too metaphysical an entity to need to believe in the idea of a beyond; a cat is his own god and man his creation.”

Tags : Attachment Autonomy Bravery Cat Cats Death God Love

61. “We are against ignorance. We feel that you have to educate yourself, no matter what the situation is. People who refuse to educate themselves - people who refuse to find out what something is about, that they're frightened of - find comfort in being ignorant.”--Zeena Schreck Interview for KJTV-1990”

Tags : Autonomy Fear Fear Of Unknown Ignorance Independent Thinking Individuality Morality Self Determination
Author : Zeena Schreck

62. “If, in his pride, he considers God as a challenge, he will deny Him; and if God becomes man and therefore makes Himself vulnerable, he will crucify Him.”

Tags : Autonomy God Jesus Man Power Pride The Cross
Source : Life of Christ

63. “When God “saves” people in this life, by working through His Spirit to bring them to faith, and by leading them to follow Jesus in discipleship, prayer, holiness, hope and love, such people are designed – it isn’t too strong a word – to be a sign and foretaste of what God wants to do for the entire cosmos. What’s more, such people are not just to be a sign and foretaste of that ultimate “salvation”; they are to be part of the means by which God makes this happen in both the present and the future.”

Tags : Autonomy Cosmos Eschatology Hope Reality Worldview
Author : N.T. Wright

64. “Freedom is essential to the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is essential to artistic evolution and expression. Freedom is essential to the expansion of the human mind. Freedom is essential to the development and application of basic humanitarianism.Freedom is essential to the creation of an individual's will, motivations, preferences, and unique talents. In essence, freedom is essential to the success and progress of humanity.”

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Source : Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

65. “Person-centred counselling may be thought of as 'not enough'. In my experience it is. It allows for self-determination through an acknowledgement of a person's human rights.”

Tags : Autonomy Human Rights Empowerment Person Centred Self Determination
Author : Suzanne Keys
Source : Person-Centred Practice: The BAPCA Reader

66. “Cognitive science has something of enormous importance to contribute to human freedom: the ability to learn what our unconscious conceptual systems are like and how our cognitive unconscious functions. If we do not realize that most of our thought is unconscious and that we think metaphorically, we will indeed be slaves to the cognitive unconscious. Paradoxically, the assumption that we have a radically autonomous rationality as traditionally conceived actually limits our rational autonomy. It condemns us to cognitive slavery - to an unaware and uncritical dependence on our unconscious metaphors. To maximize what conceptual freedom we can have, we must be able to see through and move beyond philosophies that deny the existence of an embodied cognitive unconscious that governs most of our mental lives.”

Tags : Autonomy Cognitive Science Embodied Mind Freedom Illusion Limitation Metaphor Reason Self Knowledge Thought
Author : George Lakoff
Source : Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought

67. “Father had stretched out his long legs and was tilting back in his chair. Mother sat with her knees crossed, in blue slacks, smoking a Chesterfield. The dessert dishes were still on the table. My sisters were nowhere in evidence. It was a warm evening; the big dining-room windows gave onto blooming rhododendrons. Mother regarded me warmly. She gave me to understand that she was glad I had found what I had been looking for, but that she and father were happy to sit with their coffee, and would not be coming down. She did not say, but I understood at once, that they had their pursuits (coffee?) and I had mine. She did not say, but I began to understand then, that you do what you do out of your private passion for the thing itself. I had essentially been handed my own life. In subsequent years my parents would praise my drawings and poems, and supply me with books, art supplies, and sports equipment, and listen to my troubles and enthusiasms, and supervise my hours, and discuss and inform, but they would not get involved with my detective work, nor hear about my reading, nor inquire about my homework or term papers or exams, nor visit the salamanders I caught, nor listen to me play the piano, nor attend my field hockey games, nor fuss over my insect collection with me, or my poetry collection or stamp collection or rock collection. My days and nights were my own to plan and fill.”

Tags : Autonomy Benign Neglect Childhood Curiosity Imagination Parenting
Author : Annie Dillard
Source : An American Childhood

68. “And that may be [Helen Gurley] Brown’s most enlightened lesson: that sexual autonomy and fulfillment are inseparable from the autonomy and fulfillment that a woman gets from her career.”

Tags : Autonomy Career Fulfillment Helen Gurley Brown Sex

69. “S/M flies in the face of every attempt the state makes to appropriate our bodies, our labor, our time, and our imaginations.…the state is deeply offended by any group of people who say, 'My body doesn't belong to you, it belongs to me, so fuck off'…”

Tags : Autonomy Bdsm Bodies
Source : Some Women

70. “Never your bird, never finchnever graceful feathered thing.”

Tags : Autonomy Birds Love Poetry
Author : Krysten Hill
Source : How Her Spirit Got Out

71. “Despite the many occasions when its characters feel frustrated before the weight of circumstances, and despite blaming their feeling of impotence on daiva, 'fate', moral autonomy shines through in the epic. Because they have some freedom to choose they can be praised when they follow dharma or blamed when they follow adharma. At the moment of making a decision they become conscious of their freedom, and it is this perception of autonomy that gives them the ability to lead authentic moral lives.”

Tags : Autonomy Dharma Freedom Initiative Morality
Author : Gurcharan Das
Source : The Difficulty of Being Good : On the Subtle Art of Dharma

72. “Why do you live out here? You're a great healer; you could get work in the inner city if you wanted to. Even in E-star, I bet." "Well, I just don't want to live anywhere else," She looked up, smiling so that the lines at the edges of her eyes crinkled. As she looked out into the expanse of endless desert that led up to the crater wall, she seemed as though her thoughts were far away. "This place is our home. It was my mother's home, and her mother's before that. This is what we know, and even though our lives aren't as long as those with the clean air... this is our land.”

Tags : Activism Autonomy Inspirational
Source : His Brother's Keeper

73. “It is mainly by resisting authority that the individual defines himself. This is why authorities--whether parental, priestly, political, or psychiatric--must be careful how and where they assert themselves; for while it is true that the more they assert themselves the more they govern, it is also true that the more they assert themselves the more opportunities they offer for being successfully denied.”

Tags : Authority Autonomy Coercion Liberty Rebellion
Author : Thomas Szasz
Source : Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts and Pushers

74. “Why do you accept being treated like an inmate?”

Tags : Autonomy Biopower Capitalism Control Empire Hardt Negri
Author : Antonio Negri
Source : Declaration

75. “Para ti, a vida tem de ser obrigatoriamente um cenário de mudança e distracção constante, caso contrário, o mundo é uma masmorra: tens de ser admirada, tens de ser cortejada, tens de ser bajulada… tens de ter música, tens de ter bailes, tens de ter companhia… caso contrário, definhas e morres. Será possível que não consigas arranjar maneira de te tornares independente de todas as iniciativas e de todas as vontades para além das que provêm de ti própria? Pega num dia, divide-o em partes, atribui a cada parte uma determinada tarefa; não deixes nem um quarto de hora, nem dez, nem cinco minutos que sejam por preencher, ocupa a totalidade do tempo; desempenha cada tarefa com método, com uma regularidade inflexível. O dia chegará ao fim quase sem dares por isso e não ficarás em dívida para com ninguém por te ter ajudado a livrares-te dum momento de ócio, não te verás obrigada a procurar companhia, a conversa, a simpatia, a tolerância de ninguém; viveste, em resumo, como qualquer criatura independente deve viver. (p.309)”

Tags : Autonomy Inspirational Life
Source : Jane Eyre

76. “Such journeys have convinced me that it is not always possible to restore one's boundaries after they have been blurred and made permeable by a relationship: try as we might, we cannot reconstitute ourselves as the autonomous beings we previously imagined ourselves to be.”

Tags : Autonomy Relationships Self
Author : Mohsin Hamid
Source : The Reluctant Fundamentalist

77. “She had all her life long been accustomed to harbor thoughts and emotions which never voiced themselves… They belonged to her her and were her own, and she entertained the conviction that she had a right to them and they they concerned no one but herself.”

Tags : Autonomy Thoughts
Author : Kate Chopin
Source : The Awakening

78. “If you just set people in motion they'll heal themselves.”

Tags : Autonomy Freedom Healing
Source : Maps to Ecstasy

79. “in flow, the relationship between what a person had to do and what he could do was perfect. The challenge wasn't too easy.Nor was it too difficult. It was a notch or two beyond his current abilities, which stretched the body and mind in a way that made the effort itselfthe most delicious reward. That balance produced a degree of focus and satisfaction that easily surpassed other, more quotidian,experiences. In flow, people lived so deeply in the moment, and felt so utterly in control, that their sense of time, place, and even self meltedaway. They were autonomous, of course. But more than that, they were engaged.”

Tags : Autonomy Engagement Flow

80. “Today there is a deep longing in our culture to reconnect to this spiritual world, for we are not whole without it. But our longing cannot be satisfied by embracing religious belief alone, no matter how emotional the embrace, for our longing is at root a hunger and thirst for the experience of interior realities. If, however, we are to forge a new relationship to the invisible world of spirit based on experience, what will distinguish it from the past is the modern necessity that it be based on our own autonomy as free individuals, able to think, decide, and act for ourselves.”

Tags : Autonomy Egypt Nature Religion Spirituality
Author : Jeremy Nadler