I’m embarrassed and broken-hearted over the vote for No.

This was our own opportunity to make history, to make a difference. Do you see other countries giving their citizens the right to choose independence? Better yet, do you see other countries’ citizens refusing independence?

Today could have been a new chapter in Scottish history, in a country of our own choosing. Instead, the sun rises on the British Empire again, and we look on wearily toward the dawn, wondering when the next sunset will be.

If Scotland becomes independent, it will be despite the efforts of almost the entire UK establishment. It will be because social media has defeated the corporate media. It will be a victory for citizens over the Westminster machine, for shoes over helicopters. It will show that a sufficiently inspiring idea can cut through bribes and blackmail, through threats and fear-mongering. That hope, marginalised at first, can spread across a nation, defying all attempts to suppress it. That you can be hated by the Daily Mail and still have a chance of winning.
—  George Monbiot