If you can’t live alone, you were born a slave
Freedom is the possibility of isolation. You are free if you can withdraw from people, not having to seek them out for the sake of money, company, love, glory or curiosity, none of which can thrive in silence and solitude. If you can’t live alone, you were born a slave.
Bernardo Soares, ''The Book of Diquiet'' (from Text 283)