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Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.

Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794) French writer.

I am lord of myself, accountable to none.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

In the word of no master am I bound to believe.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

I equally dislike the favor of the public with the love of a woman -- they are both a cloying treacle to the wings of independence.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

So live that you can look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell.

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The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.