Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), "Of Obscurity":
[T]he pleasantest condition of life is, in incognito. What a brave priviledge is it, to be free from all Contentions, from all Envying or being Envied, from receiving or paying all kind of Ceremonies! It is in my mind a very delightful pastime, for two good and agreeable friends to travel up and down together, in places where they are by no body known, nor know any body.
If we engage into a large Acquaintance and various familiarities, we set open our gates to the Invaders of most of our time: we expose our life to a Quotidian Ague of frigid impertinencies, which would make a wise man tremble to think of. Now, as for being known much by sight, and pointed at, I cannot comprehend the honour that lies in that: Whatsoever it be, every Mountebank has it more than the best Doctor, and the Hangman more than the Lord Chief Justice of a City.
Hat tip: Eric Thomson.