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To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.

Author: Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)

Profession: American-born French Author

If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all.

Author: Erica Jong (1942)

Profession: American Author

Self-determination has to mean that the leader is your individual gut, and heart, and mind or we're talking about power, again, and its rather well-known impurities. Who is really going to care whether you live or die and who is going to know the most intimate motivation for your laughter and your tears is the only person to be trusted to speak for you and to decide what you will or will not do.

Author: June Jordan (1939)

Profession: American Poet, Civil Rights Activist

Self-determination, the autonomy of the individual, asserts itself in the right to race his automobile, to handle his power tools, to buy a gun, to communicate to mass audiences his opinion, no matter how ignorant, how aggressive, it may be.

Author: Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979)

Profession: German Political Philosopher

We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquility.

Author: Kwame Nkrumah

Profession: Leader of Ghana's fight for Independence