Independence is a heady draft, and if you drink it in your youth it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine.
There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.
I don’t need your respect, excuse me. I’ll take happiness. My happiness, not society’s happiness. I will love a man who pleases me, and please a man who makes me happy - but only as long as he makes me happy, not a moment longer.
— Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch - Venus in Furs