To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great or rational whether in life or in science.
The world is always satisfied, it turns out, with a countenance it can understand. Indolence and cowardice do the rest. Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.
Men being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.
Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.