If a seeker finds no one in his surroundings, contacts, or society near enough to his level of spiritual interests, then he must accept his loneliness, because he has chosen to draw away from the common preoccupation. For in order to be a working philosopher, a man must go his own way. This demand for individuality requires courage and wisdom. If he lacks higher knowledge, intuitional feeling, and intellect--whose combination is wisdom--then he must seek to develop them and this demands work. Meanwhile, he can take help from personal guides and superior books. Without wisdom, or at least genuine efforts to work towards it, his course could be wrongly set and he could arrive at disaster.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 191