The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
There are few enough people with sufficient independence to see the weaknesses and follies of their contemporaries and remain themselves untouched by them.
The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.
If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.