And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
~ East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-constrained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no color from the outer world.
~ Lady Audley's Secret
by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
"But a wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and adviser when his absolute rule shall cease."
~ North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell
All the housemaid hopes is, happiness for 'em - but marriage is a lottery, and the more she thinks about it, the more she feels the independence and the safety of a single life.
~ Dombey and Son
by Charles Dickens
"So few of us think clearly about our own private incomes, and admit that independent thoughts are in nine cases out of ten the result of independent means."
~ Howards End
by E. M. Forster
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will."
~ Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
He looked like an Italian, was dressed like an Englishman, and had the independent air of an American--a combination which caused sundry pairs of feminine eyes to look approvingly after him, and sundry dandies in black velvet suits, with rose-colored neckties, buff gloves, and orange flowers in their buttonholes, to shrug their shoulders, and then envy him his inches.
~ Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott