The most difficult of all things, the only difficult thing perhaps, is to enfranchise oneself and – even harder – to live in freedom.
Anyone who is in the least free is the enemy of the mob, to be systematically persecuted, tracked down wherever she takes refuge.
I am becoming more and more irritated against this life and the people who refuse to allow any exception to exist and who accept their own slavery and try to impose it on others.
Isabelle Eberhardt, 1902
Isabelle Eberhardt (17 February 1877 – 21 October 1904) was an explorer and writer who lived and travelled extensively in North Africa. For her time she was a liberated individual who rejected conventional European morality in favour of her own path and that of Islam. She died in a flash flood in the desert at the age of 27.