William Hazlitt in ‘Mind and Motive wrote:

‘Happy are they who live in the dream of their own existence and see all things in the light of their own minds; who walk by faith and hope; to whom the guiding star of their youth still shines from afar, and to whom the spirit of the world has not entered!

They have not been ‘hurt by the archers’, nor has the iron entered their soul.

The world has no hand on them’.

And, Friedrich Nietzsche …

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.

If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.

No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself.

Another Hazlitt:

“For every tyrant born, so too a thousand men willing to be enslaved.”