“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great ones are they who in the midst of the crowd keep with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
". . . in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society."
~Henry David Thoreau