Few people know what a free existence really is; most people live caged in by fear of, or enslavement to, the opinion of others. Even the rich do not know it for their cages are gilt and comfortable. Even the spiritual do not know it for they merely echo back what these others want them to think about God. Complete freedom is possible only to those who have a special character, one that is devoid of tyrannizing ambitions and despotic cravings, and even of unworldly strivings.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 198