To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.
It is not the greatness of a man’s means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own efforts. Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.
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.
The country shall be independent, and we will be satisfied with nothing short of it.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self.
Lovely weather so far. I don’t know how long it will last, but I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.