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Friday, June 21, 2019

735 Best Solitude Quotes in English to be Happy When Alone

In this article, we will provide you the best Solitude Quotes in English which consists of hundreds of solitude quotes, feeling alone quotes, loneliness thoughts, sayings for introvert and much more on one place so that you will get to know how solitude works in your life, inspire by it and live your life freely.



Once in a while, when you are distant from everyone else, you will get probably the best emotions about yourself, your life, your future, imagination and considerably more which will give a positive or negative effect on your life. It will be determined by your feelings and musings which will remove the forlornness and let love yourself. Thus, for structure up yourself in an isolation, we gathered numerous statements for isolation and consolidated it to make an article which can give all of you this to FREE.


Below are the Best Solitude Quotes in English



The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. Voltaire


Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. May Sarton


Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer


Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein


All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal


Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich


Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love. Louise Bourgeois


Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon


I myself am best when least in company. William Shakespeare


No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha


A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. Rumi


In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you’ll find peace. In solitude you’ll remember yourself. Robin Sharma


I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. Charles Bukowski


I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in maturity. Albert Einstein


A well-ordered mind is at home with solitude. The Stoic Emperor


A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live. Bertrand Russell


The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley


In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude. Henry David Thoreau


The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Nikola Tesla


The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson


You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kakfa


Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option. Keenu Reeves


In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Ayn Rand


I am never less alone than when alone. Cicero


Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone. Marty Rubin


Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness. Leo Babauta


Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. Paulo Coelho


Solitude is like punctuation. A paragraph without periods and commas would be exhausting to read. Arnie Kozak


Solitude isn’t loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly. Victoria Erickson


Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. Deepak Chopra


Solitude is the place of purification. Martin Buber

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Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein


Society is no comfort, to one not sociable. William Shakespeare


Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought. Tom Hanks


It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me. Jodie Foster


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou


We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. Henry David Thoreau (Solitude, Walden)


I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. Henry David Thoreau


I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls. Henry David Thoreau


That is why I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul and I grow angry with everybody and fear everybody. Friedrich Nietzsche


My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company. Friedrich Nietzsche


Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Ernest Hemingway


It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. Mahatma Gandhi


My passionate interest in social justice and social responsibility has always stood in curious contrast to a marked lack of desire for direct association with men and women. Albert Einstein


Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realise how peaceful and calm it is. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy. Jim Carrey


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle


Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows. Henry David Thoreau


It would do the world good if every person would compel himself to often be alone. Most of the world’s progress has come from such. Deepak Chopra


I chide society, I embrace solitude, and yet I am not so ungrateful as not to see the wise, the lovely and the noble-minded, as from time to time they pass my gate. Ralph Waldo Emerson


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa


I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone. Audrey Hepburn

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This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude. Jean de la Bruyere


He who understands humanity seeks solitude. Ali ibn Abi Talib


Solitude is a kind of freedom. Umberto Eco


Fire is a good companion for the mind. May Sarton


Solitude is one thing and loneliness is another. May Sarton


Be alone and be happy with yourself. Leo Babauta (See also: the lost art of solitude)


Solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity. Leo Babauta


Solitude is un-American. Erica Jong


Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty. Moliere


Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man. Walter Benjamin


I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)


It is better to be alone than in bad company. Unknown


Solitude sometimes is best society. John Milton


In solitude I find my answers. Kristen Butler


Some of us are born to a solitary life. Philippa Gregory


Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Joseph Roux


In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Laurence Sterne


Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness. Alfred North Whitehead


I owe my solitude to other people. Alan Watts


To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates


The more solitude, the simpler it is. Maxime Lagacé


The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. Omar Khayyam


Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. Lorraine Hansberry


You only grow when you are alone. Paul Newman


Disappear. Then, come back even better. Ree Johnson


They who do not fear darkness have learned to light their own candle. Dodinsky


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. Maya Angelou


One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Sigmund Freud


Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Nikola Tesla


Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude. Robin Sharma


There’s staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least and hour every day. Robin Sharma


He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward Beecher

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Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. Criss Jami


We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being. Hermann Hesse


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. Ralph Waldo Emerson


What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own. Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is much better to walk alone, in the right direction, than to follow the herd, walking in the wrong direction. Lone Wolf Quotes


Let others worry about being socially acceptable; those types are a dime a dozen, and you are after a power greater than they can imagine. Robert Greene


True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. Wendell Berry


You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society. Henry David Thoreau


We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. May Sarton


You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners. Robert Brault


Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter. Henri Nouwen


We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. Helen Hayes


Talent is nurtured in solitude… A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


In the solitude of your dreams grows the flame that will bring the light to this world. Unknown


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne


Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments. Stephen Crane


The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic’s terrible. Jeff Taylor


Solitude is the soul’s holiday. Katrina Kenison


A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. Oscar Wilde


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. Henry David Thoreau


A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo


I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone. Elayne Boosler


Leave me alone, I’m trying to build! Don’t you know how people build? By concentrating! 5 years old building Lego (Twitter source)


When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. Gertrude Stein


You don’t need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it. Leo Babauta


I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. Rainer Maria Rilke


I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Charles Bukowski


In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus


Life is an island in an ocean of solitude and seclusion. Kahlil Gibran (Check out the rest of this profound quote here)


Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. Honore de Balzac


People who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger. Andrei Tarkovsky


It is the barren silence of winter that makes the birdsong and blossoms of spring so enchanting. The Stoic Emperor


Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? Charles Bukowski


They simply never understand, do they, that sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth? Charles Bukowski


Although the wish for solitude can be a denial of dependence, a capacity for solitude may be its fullest acknowledgment. Adam Phillips


Our perpetually networked selves cling to constant communication in an effort to avoid the deep-seated sense of loneliness we so dread. Maria Popova


The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god. Aristotle


We think we are unique, special and deserving of happiness, but we are terrified of being alone. Sara Maitland

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One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God. Joyce Meyer


If you can’t stand solitude, maybe you bore others too. Unknown


Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life’s nothingness. Andre Maurois


We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. Tennessee Williams


Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Don’t fear solitude: If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. But don’t get too attached to it – it may become an addiction. Paulo Coelho


What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others & the world remains & is immortal. Albert Pike


When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death — ourselves. Eda LeShan


This task is yours and yours alone. Naval Ravikant


I don’t mind being alone. I just don’t want to be part of the crowd. Naval Ravikant


To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone. Joseph Krutch


If truth is what you seek, then the examined life will only take you on a long ride to the limits of solitude and leave you by the side of the road with your truth and nothing else. Thomas Ligotti


Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. Jodi Picoult


I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space where the soul breathes and work can be done. Solitude exposes the nerve, Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it. May Sarton


If the blissful connection of a counterpart is the apex of all human emotion, why am I so happy so stand alone and feel the breeze? Unknown


Solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude. Mary Shelley


A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial. Arthur Schopenhauer


If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre


Give solitude a chance. You’ve got nothing to lose. And your life to gain back. Joshua Becker


Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are. Robert Cecil


Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor play to stay. Josh Billings


The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude. Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)


The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. Epicurus


On being alone: I think it’s a good thing to do; you get to know yourself, and I think that’s the most important thing in the whole world. Robert Paul Smith


As a society moves from scarcity to abundance, the cultural value that is most likely to be underdeveloped is restraint. Michael


Deep understanding requires deep thinking which requires focused time alone, away from the chatter of people online and offline. It requires staying with a single thought for a long time, focusing on it and developing it. In solitude is the genesis of great ideas. The Ancient Sage


Aloneness is obviously not isolation, and it is not uniqueness. To be unique is merely to be exceptional in some way, whereas to be completely alone demands extraordinary sensitivity, intelligence, understanding. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. Lao Tzu


Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The value of solitude – one of its values – is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within, just as there is nothing to help balance at times of particular stress or depression. May Sarton


The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. Pearl S. Buck


To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do to this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. Deepak Chopra


We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves? Morris Adler


Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing. Fred Rogers


A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. Arthur Schopenhauer


Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. Octavio Paz


Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude. Octavio Paz


We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest. Philip Gilbert Hamerton


No person can achieve significance alone. John C. Maxwell


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Mel Robbins


In solitude one finds only what he carries there with him. Juan Ramon Jimenez


Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle


The things we experience for ourselves when we are alone are much stronger and much fresher. Eugène Delacroix


Enjoy solitude. But don’t get addicted to it. Paulo Coelho


Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge. Paulo Coelho


There is no place more intimate than the spirit alone: It finds a lovely certainty in the evening and the morning. May Sarton


I simply adore being alone – I find it a consuming thirst – and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy. May Sarton


The best things in life happen to you when you’re alone. Agnes Martin


In certain circumstances, being outside, not fitting in, can be a source of satisfaction, even pleasure. Olivia Laing


I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. Henry Miller


The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are. Unknown


There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. Colette


Genuine tranquility of the heart and perfect peace of mind, the highest blessings on earth after health, are to be found only in solitude and, as a permanent disposition, only in the deepest seclusion. Arthur Schopenhauer


Solitude is my element, and the reason is that extreme awareness of other people… precludes awareness of one’s self so that after a while the self no longer knows that it exists. May Sarton


Our unhappiness arises from one thing only, that we cannot be comfortably alone in our room. That is why the pleasure of solitude is seen as so incomprehensible. Blaise Pascal


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. Henry David Thoreau

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For it may be said, in general, that every man will love or hate solitude — in other words, his own society — just in proportion as he is worth anything in himself. Arthur Schopenhauer


Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. Harold Bloom


I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible. Storm Jameson


I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone. Marilynne Robinson


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. Ellen Burstyn


Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. Rumi


It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. Albert Einstein


Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person. Olivia Laing


So afraid one is of loneliness; of seeing to the bottom of the vessel. Virginia Woolf


At any moment solitude may put on the face of loneliness. May Sarton


The psychoemotional line between solitude and loneliness can be as thin as a razor’s edge and as lacerating to the soul. Maria Popova


If solitude fertilizes the imagination, loneliness vacuums it of vitality and sands the baseboards of the spirit with the scratchy restlessness of longing — for connection, for communion, for escape. Marie Popova


We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. Dorothy Day


Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude. Paul Tillich


There is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear, and almost everyone has hours when he would gladly exchange it for any kind of sociability, however trivial or cheap, for the tiniest outward agreement with the first person who comes along. Rainer Maria Rilke


I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom. Andrei Tarkovsky


Think of the blessings that await you, not of the emptiness that drives you to seek constant distraction. Eugène Delacroix


Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality. Olivia Laing


We aren’t lonely because we are alone; we are lonely because we have failed in our solitude. Michael Harris


Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. Eckhart Tolle (The Power Of Now)


Don’t panic. Loneliness, when accepted, is a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. Paulo Coelho


You’re not alone; you’re not forgotten. God has you in the palm of His hand. Joel Osteen


The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do. Unknown


Don’t be afraid of losing people. Be afraid of losing yourself by trying to please everyone around you. Lewis Howes


My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there. May Sarton

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Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you. Carl Jung


We tend to see aloneness as bleak, depressing, scary. But it can be seen as freeing, as an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to get to know yourself. Leo Babauta


The line between isolation and solitude can be a fine one. Emily White


I’m in the right place, wrong time? That’s how I feel everyday. Jack White


You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti


Loneliness is the longing for connection. The Happy Philosopher


Whatever you’re going through… you are not alone. Mel Robbins


Now I become myself. It’s taken time, many years and places. May Sarton


One can acquire everything in solitude except character. Stendhal


True bravery is doing what is right even when it’s not popular. David Roads


Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate. Bruce Lee


Life comes in clusters, clusters of solitude, then a cluster when there is hardly time to breathe. May Sarton


Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness. Lawrence Freeman


Fix all your attention on your own path, and do not imitate others. Your life is unique, and your karma is yours alone. Taisen Deshimaru


Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul. You are always being lured away by foolish distractions. Seek solitude. If your life is well ordered your health will not suffer. Eugène Delacroix


The completely independent man would live in a cabin in the woods—free to come & go as he pleased, but he would have no power. Robert Greene


To achieve something otherworldly. There can be no competing influence. The mind seeks distraction like a mosquito seeks blood. A man with isolationist tendencies carries an enormous advantage. Kapil Gupta


Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought! Santiago Ramón y Cajal


Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self. Henri Nouwen


Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. James Russell Lowell


Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places. A. R. Rahman


Decisive moment: the one when you will be really alone. And it is perhaps this that makes her hesitate: not the void, but the vastness of the solitude. It’s as well if you are frightened of solitude. It’s a sign that you have come to the moment of your birth. Hélène Cixous


Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. James Allen


Despite its prevalence, living alone is one of the least discussed and, consequently, most poorly understood issues of our time. Eric Klinenberg

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We have come to know, or rather to believe, that boredom is not part of the natural lot of man, but can be avoided by a sufficiently vigorous pursuit of excitement. Bertrand Russell


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson


There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself. Diana Vreeland


You alone decide what thoughts and beliefs you let into your life. For they will shape whether you feel rich or poor, cursed or blessed. Tony Robbins


Find time each day to be alone, for your mental health, by stealing pockets of time from other areas of your life. Leo Babauta


Solitude is as much an intrinsic desire in man as his gregariousness. Hermits, solitary thinkers, independent spirits, recluses, although often stigmatized in the modern world, are healthy expressions of man’s dialogue with himself. Clark E. Moustakas


Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism. Thomas Merton


The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. Marya Mannes


One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. Heraclitus


I am alternately very gregarious – very sociable – and then very solitary. Fran Lebowitz


Alone, there’s no need for an itinerary. Walk, and the day arranges itself. Stephanie Rosenbloom


In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude. Robert Brault


Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind. Dodinsky


It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment. Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)


One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship! Gabriel García Márquez


Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone. C.S. Lewis


If you love someone, you are always joined with them – in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife. Rumi


The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth. David Roads


Experiment. Live a little. And remember that the fear of absence is the surest sign that absence is direly needed. Michael Harris


The final word is love… To love we must know each other… and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Dorothy Day


Your bad love of yourselves makes solitude a prison to you. But let this be your honor: always to love more than you are loved and never to be second in this. Friedrich Nietzsche


Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. Bell Hooks


You don’t get together to be alone. Grant Cardone


Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. Thomas Merton


When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. Thomas Merton


We have to be wholly at peace with the prospect of many years of solitude in order to be appropriately picky; otherwise, we risk loving no longer being single rather more than we love the partner who spared us that fate. Alain de Botton


We’re simply not here to go it alone. Only through relating constructively with others do we self-actualize. Marianne Williamson


Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. Barbara De Angelis


I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. Rainer Maria Rilke


Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Kahlil Gibran


We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. Aldous Huxley


Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself. Bianca Sparacino


If you love a flower, don’t pick one. If you pick it, it dies and ceases to be what you love. So, if you love a flower, let it be. Osho


Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other. Han Suyin


Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you. Jonathan Safran Foer


This quiet ongoing solitude of mine is how I say I miss you without admitting it out loud. Beau Taplin

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Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all. Rollo May


Just as love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist. Paulo Coelho


Without solitude, love will not stay long by your side. Paulo Coelho


Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Helen Keller


I am a real lone wolf who has never wholeheartedly belonged to the State, to my country, my circle of friends and not even to my family but who, despite all these bonds, has constantly experienced a feeling of strangeness and the need for solitude. Albert Einstein


Friendship… is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself”. C.S. Lewis


An affinity for solitude is comparable only to one’s affinity for certain other people. And yet one’s first experience of solitude, like one’s first experience of the other, is fraught with danger. Adam Phillips


Solitude, a rest from responsibilities, and peace of mind, will do you more good than the atmosphere of the studio and the conversations which, generally speaking, are a waste of time. Louise Bourgeois


Collaboration and connecting with others is a beautiful thing, but in the end, creation is done in solitude. Leo Babauta


Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but instead makes real fellowship possible. Henri Nouwen


Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjold


Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances. William Powell


Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything. Willa Cather


People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world. Unknown


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau


I love people. I love my family, my children… but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up. Pearl S. Buck


It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. Thomas Merton


Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it. Simone Weil


We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. C.S. Lewis


The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. Francis Bacon


I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. Henry David Thoreau


He who lives in solitude may make his own laws. Publilius Syrus


Solitude is independence. I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude. Beth Buelow


My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people. Patricia Highsmith


Being solitary isn’t a disease that needs a cure. Natasha Pulley


For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. Francis Bacon


For a long time now, every meeting with another human being has been a collision. I feel too much, sense too much, am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation. May Sarton (Journal of a Solitude)


It’s okay if every weekend doesn’t lead to big moments and campfires and laughter that carries on for hours and hours. Some weekends might be quiet, still, with plenty of room to contemplate. And in that contemplation room, there is room to grow. Morgan Harper Nichols


Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust. Kazuo Ishiguro


I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel. Audrey Hepburn


Writing is a tribute to solitude. It is choosing introversion over extroversion, lonely hours/days/weeks/years over fun and sociability. Elif Safak


Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Eve Ensler


Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Eve Ensler


Introverts like being introverts. We are drawn to ideas, we are passionate observers, and for us, solitude is rich and generative. Laurie Helgoe


Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone. Virginia Woolf


When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest. Antonio Porchia


I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Horacio Jones

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People empty me. I have to get away to refill. Charles Bukowski


Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. Nikola Tesla


The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act. Charles Bukowski


Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. Franz Kafka


Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. Lord Byron


One can never be alone enough to write. Susan Sontag


Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous — to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. Thomas Mann


Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. Lou Dorfsman


The more outside noise you consume, the more your inner voice is suppressed. Silence and solitude foster creativity. The Ancient Sage


In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May


The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence. Adrienne Rich


Pursuing originality, the would-be creator works alone. In loneliness one assumes a responsibility for oneself that one cannot fulfill. Wendell Berry


I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one’s work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary. Eugène Delacroix


I must try to live austerely, as Plato did. How can one keep one’s enthusiasm concentrated on a subject when one is always at the mercy of other people and in constant need of their society? Eugène Delacroix


Block out a few minutes each day to be alone and do nothing at all. Mayo Oshin


We treat with dark suspicion (at best) anyone who uses one of the most clearly established methods of developing that creativity — solitude. Sara Maitland


Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice. Virginia Woolf


One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages. Criss Jami


All creative work must be done by shutting out the outside world, sitting down, and creating. Leo Babauta


Alone is hard. Together is better. Simon Sinek


Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus. Leo Babauta


The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it’s only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul. Leo Babauta

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When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer–say, traveling in a carriage or walking after a good meal or during the night when I cannot sleep–it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. Jessamyn West


Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington


On creative people: His most significant moments are those in which he attains some new insight, or makes some new discovery; and these moments are chiefly, if not invariably, those in which he is alone. Anthony Storr


Learn to build and learn to sell. Building can be programming, engineering, writing, etc – best learned alone. Selling is persuasion, public speaking, psychology, etc – best learned in the field. Naval Ravikant


The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. Søren Kierkegaard


Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and be just toward them. Rainer Maria Rilke


The patience of making art is a lonely patience — one that demands the solitude essential for creative work, be it art or science, so widely recognized by creators across time and discipline. Maria Popova


Writing is a lonely occupation at best. Of course there are stimulating and even happy associations with friends and colleagues, but during the actual work of creation the writer cuts himself off from all others and confronts his subject alone. He* moves into a realm where he has never been before — perhaps where no one has ever been. It is a lonely place, even a little frightening.


A writer’s occupation is one of the loneliest in the world, even if the loneliness is only an inner solitude and isolation, for that he must have at times if he is to be truly creative.


Genius-level work gets done away from the office. Solitude births brilliance. So get quiet. And start producing real work versus fake work. Robin Sharma


Creativity breeds amid solitude versus noise. Robin Sharma


Go out and walk. That is the glory of life. Maira Kalman


I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh


There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. Lord Byron


To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. Jeanne Moreau


All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. Friedrich Nietzsche


No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Jack Kerouac


Although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination. Albert Einstein


The hardest walk you can make, is the walk you make alone, but that is the walk that makes you the strongest. Unknown


There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you… In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. Ruth Stout


It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky… a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe. Victor Hugo


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. John Muir (The Yosemite)


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau


We talk of communing with Nature, but ’tis with ourselves we commune… Nature furnishes the conditions – the solitude – and the soul furnishes the entertainment. John Burroughs


No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom… No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild)


What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone in the forest at night. Thomas Merton

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An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky. Marina Abramović


The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


We are less bored than our ancestors were, but we are more afraid of boredom. Bertrand Russell


Having the discipline to step back from the noise of the world is essential to staying focused. Mike Erwin


Solitude brings on creativity. Stillness delivers productivity. And quiet breeds genius. Robin Sharma


Solitude allows you to think. And to get to know who you truly are. With that awareness, you can elevate. Robin Sharma


How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. Virginia Woolf


Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius


Total solitude is needed to pursue a line of thought. A little interruption, and you are lost. The trance is over, the magic gone. You may recover the rudiments of what you were thinking. But that unique excursion into the realm of thought with its rich intricacy is lost forever. The Ancient Sage


A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow processes of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase. Bertrand Russell


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve. Hermann Hesse


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. K.T. Jong


I just feel that there isn’t enough silence, you know, and I’m always asking people if they can just give some silence. Fred Rogers


There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind. Charles Lanman


An artist has to understand silence. An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work. Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean. Marina Abramović


I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness. Sara Maitland


In our noisy, busy world, the importance of developing the life skill of solitude, meditation, and quietly being with oneself can not be overstated. Joshua Becker


One problem with our complicated lives these days is that many of us never find time to spend alone, in peace, without being bombarded with noise and information. Leo Babauta


There’s no time for solitude and quiet contemplation, and as a result, we have stress and anxiety and depression and repression. Leo Babauta


The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever. May Sarton


I am alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make every hour holy. Rainer Maria Rilke


Can you sit alone in an empty room? Can you enjoy the joy of quiet? Leo Babauta


Listen, watch, learn about yourself. Find contentment. Need nothing more. Leo Babauta


Rather, go away, Flee into concealment. And have your masks and subtlety, that you may be mistaken for what you are not, or feared a little. And don't forget the garden, the garden with golden trelliswork. And have people around you who are as a garden──or as music on the waters in the evening, when the day is turning into memories. Choose the good solitude, the free, playful, light solitude that gives you, too, the right to remain good in some sense.- Frederick Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, #25, 1886


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.- John Burroughs


Decisive moment: the one when you will be really alone. And it is perhaps this that makes her hesitate: not the void, but the vastness of the solitude. It’s as well if you are frightened of solitude. It’s a sign that you have come to the moment of your birth. - Hélène Cixous


But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.- Thomas Merton


I can be by myself because I'm never lonely; I'm simply alone, living in my heavily populated solitude, a harum-scarum of infinity and eternity, and Infinity and Eternity seem to take a liking to the likes of me.- Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude


It is sometimes said that each of us is ultimately alone. This idea is compelling not because of birth and death, but because so often our moments alone seem more true, more real. I need solitude like I need food and rest, and like eating and resting, solitude is most healing when it fits the rhythm of my needs. A rigidly scheduled aloneness does not nourish me. Solitude is perhaps a misnomer. To me, being alone means togetherness - the re-coming-togetherness of myself and nature, of myself and being, the reuniting of myself with all other selves. Solitude especially means putting the parts of my mind back together, unifying the pieces of my mind back together, unifying the pieces of myself scattered by anger and fear, until I can once again see that the little things are little and the big things are big. - Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself

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Silence is more musical than any song.- Christina Rossetti


I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.- Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre


I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.- Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World


In wilderness people can find the silence and the solitude and the noncivilized surroundings that can connect them once again to their evolutionary heritage, and through an experience of the eternal mystery, can give them a sense of the sacredness of all creation.- Sigurd Olson (1899-1982)


The inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.- Walter Bagehot, 1870


Solitude sometimes is best society.- John Milton, Paradise Lost


With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.- Eric Hoffer


There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind.- Charles Lanman, Musings


Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.- Aristotle


There is something very basic to the sense of listening. The sense of hearing is the only one that operates totally from vibrations, without other physical or chemical reactions to receive the sensations.- Henry Reed


Not everyone knows how to be alone with others, how to share solitude. We have to help each other to understand how to be in our solitude, so that we can relate to each other without grabbing on to each other. We can be interdependent but not dependent. Loneliness is rejected despondency. Solitude is shared interdependence. - David Spangler


The reason that extended solitude seemed so hard to endure was not that we missed others but that we began to wonder if we ourselves were present, because for so long our existence depended upon assurances from them. - Doris Grumbach, Fifty Days of Solitude


There are many matters and many circumstances in which consciousness is undesirable and silence is golden, so that secrecy can be used as a marker to tell us that we are approaching the holy.- Gregory Bateson, Angels Fear


If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.”- Jean-Paul Sartre


I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.- Audrey Hepburn


I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.- Anonymous


It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


Now,, more than ever, we need our solitude. Being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives. It can teach us fortitude and the ability to satisfy our own needs. A restorer of energy, the stillness of alone experiences provides us with much-needed rest. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual, our hopes for freedom. Alone time is fuel for life. - Ester Buchholz


Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.- Thomas De Quincey


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.- Marcus Aurelius


I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness.- Sara Maitland, How to Be Alone


Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.- Peter Minard


The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born. - Nikola Tesla


Living alone,' November whispered, 'is a skill, like running long distance or programming old computers. You have to know parameters, protocols. You have to learn them so well that they become like a language: to have music always so that the silence doesn't overwhelm you, to perform your work exquisitely well so that your time is filled. You have to allow yourself to open up until you are the exact size of the place you live, no more or else you get restless. No less, or else you drown. There are rules; there are ways of being and not being.- Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest


Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom. Once you were thus convinced, you were foolish to open the door and let anyone in, not all the way in. You risked the hard-won equilibrium, that tranquility that you called peace. - Dean Koontz, The Good Guy


It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


People who need people are threatened by people who don’t. The idea of seeking contentment alone is heretical, for society steadfastly decrees that our completeness lies in others. - Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories of Splendid Solitude


Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.- Thomas Mann, Death in Venice


To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone. - Joseph Krutch, The Desert Year


Practically all creative people, and certainly most geniuses, have preferred to be alone for long periods, especially when producing their best work. - Raj Persaud


There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.- Minnie Aumonier


Passions are likened best to floods and streams: The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.- Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552 - 1618

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The object of our lives is to look at, listen to, touch, taste things. Without them, - these sticks, stones, feathers, shells, - there is no Deity.- R. H. Blyth, Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics, p. 144.


The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. - Aldous Huxley


I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.- Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Organismic awareness is what we - on the Ego Level - ordinarily, but clumsily, refer to as seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and hearing. But in its very purest form, this sensual awareness" is non-symbolic, non-conceptual, momentary consciousness. Organismic awareness is awareness of the Present only - you can't taste the past, smell the past, see the past, touch the past, or hear the past. Neither can you taste, smell, see, touch or hear the future. In other words, organismic consciousness is properly timeless, and being timeless, it is essentially spaceless. Just as organismic awareness knows no past or future, it knows no inside or outside, no self or other. Thus pure organismic consciousness participates fully in the non-dual awareness called Absolute Subjectivity."- Ken Wilber, Spectrum of Consciousness, 1977, p. 115


Talent is nurtured in solitude … A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. - Johann Wolfgang Von Göethe


Every kind of creative work demands solitude, and being alone, constructively alone, is a prerequisite for every phase of the creative process. - Barbara Powell


As the cow and goat, as well as the herb, the tree and the vegetation, can read the thoughts of us all, chanting and singing should occur while tending to their needs. - Hindu Deva Shastra, verse 439, Nature Devas


What a pity flowers can utter no sound!—A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ... oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be! - Henry Ward Beecher


I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.- Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer


In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.- Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.- Michel de Montaigne


True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.- William Penn


By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.- George Herbert


Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.- Hans Margolius, Aphorismen


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. - Ellen Burstyn


Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. - Edward Gibbon


Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.- Deepak Chopra


I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.- Henry David Thoreau


Flowers and plants are silent presences. They nourish every sense except the ear. - May Sarton


I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.- Henry David Thoreau


A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.- Arthur Schopenhauer


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.- Albert Einstein


Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches; yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth.- Kahlil Gibran


I have come to terms with the future. From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth. Plant trees. Kill no living things. Live in harmony with all creatures. I will restore the earth where I am. Use no more of its resources than I need. And listen, listen to what it is telling me. - M. J. Slim Hooey


A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.- Bertrand Russell


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.- K.T. Jong


Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.- Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun


Without great solitude no serious work is possible. - Pablo Picasso


I am never less alone than when alone. - Cicero


One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. - Gary Mark Gilmore


I love to seclude myself in my garden, away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. It gives me a chance to focus on my surroundings. Soon, all I notice is that beautiful Betty Prior" rose just opening or those pines whispering stories to each other. And the clatter and roar of modern life fades into the background."- Jim Childs, Sounds in the Garden, Garden Gate, No. 28, August 1999, pp. 14-17. In this article he discusses how to deal with sound waves in landscape design by absorption, deflection, reflection, and refraction.


I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.- Charles Bukowski, Factotum


We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory


How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.- Virginia Woolf, The Waves


When they turned off, it was still early in the pink and green fields. The fumes of morning, sweet and bitter, sprang up where they walked. The insects ticked softly, their strength in reserve; butterflies chopped the air, going to the east, and the birds flew carelessly and sang by fits and starts, not the way they did in the evening in sustained and drowsy songs.- Eudora Welty, The Wide Net


There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.- Ruth Stout


Solitude is a form of meditation.- Terri Guillemets


I owe my solitude to other people.- Alan Watts


I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.- Henry David Thoreau

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We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together.... I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.- Helen Hayes


Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.- Robert Cecil


Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.- Pearl Buck


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.- Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf


St. John of the Cross points out that the divine music can best be heard in solitude and silence. The sonorous music is not a physical sound that vibrates the eardrum but something transcending the senses. Physical solitude and silence remove the distracting noises that prevent us from hearing on deeper levels.- Charles Cummings


What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it — like a secret vice.- Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Finding solitude in the concrete jungle is powerful and peaceful.- Mike Dolan


A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with a sort of greedy enjoyment," as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was "saturated with the bouquet of silence." - Holbrook Jackson


Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us.- Thomas Kelly, Reality and the Spiritual World


Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.- Paul Tillich


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.- John Muir, The Yosemite


It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky... a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.- Victor Hugo


Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listed to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.- Karl Menninger


The hum of bees is the voice of the garden. - Elizabeth Lawrence


Silence is our deepest nature, our home, our common ground, our peace. Silence reveals. Silence heals.- Gunilla Norris


Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.- May Sarton


Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.- Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings


Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.- Marcel Proust


No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.- Jack Kerouac


We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?- Morris Adler


There are days when you seek the company of your solitude, and your solitude just wants to be left alone.- Robert Brault


There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being, welcoming me tenderly, saluting me with indescribable humility.- Thomas Merton


Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.- Harold Bloom


To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.- Anthony Burgess, Homage To Qwert Yuiop


There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.- Colette, Oeuvres


The bare earth, plantless, waterless, is an immense puzzle. In the forests or beside rivers everything speaks to humans. The desert does not speak. I could not comprehend its tongue; its silence....- Pablo Neruda


The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.- Voltaire


True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.- William Penn


True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.- Edward Hoagland


Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.- John Lah


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. -Albert Einstein


The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it. -John Lubbock


I have a huge, active imagination, [and] I think I’m really scared of being alone; because if I’m left to my own devices, I’ll just turn into a madwoman. -Claire Danes


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. -Ellen Burstyn


It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it. -Rainer Maria Rilke


Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. -Honoré de Balzac


Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. -Thomas Wolfe

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Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines. -Paul Brunton


I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. -Henry David Thoreau


Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone. -Paul Johannes Tillich


Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. –Thomas Browne


Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. -Alice Koller


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. -K.T. Jong


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. -Marcus Aurelius


Without great solitude no serious work is possible. -Pablo Picasso


A man can be himself alone so long as he is alone… if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. -Arthur Schopenhauer


When I’m by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Not just a part of someone else. -Jean Culligan


That I am totally devoid of sympathy for, or interest in, the world of groups is directly attributable to the fact that my two greatest needs and desires – smoking cigarettes and plotting revenge – are basically solitary pursuits. -Fran Lebowitz


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. -Henry David Thoreau
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Below are the Best Solitude Quotes in English



The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. Voltaire


Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. May Sarton


Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer


Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein


All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal


Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich


Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love. Louise Bourgeois


Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon


I myself am best when least in company. William Shakespeare


No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha


A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. Rumi


In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you’ll find peace. In solitude you’ll remember yourself. Robin Sharma


I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. Charles Bukowski


I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in maturity. Albert Einstein


A well-ordered mind is at home with solitude. The Stoic Emperor


A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live. Bertrand Russell


The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley


In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude. Henry David Thoreau


The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Nikola Tesla


The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson


You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kakfa


Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option. Keenu Reeves


In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Ayn Rand


I am never less alone than when alone. Cicero


Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone. Marty Rubin


Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness. Leo Babauta


Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. Paulo Coelho


Solitude is like punctuation. A paragraph without periods and commas would be exhausting to read. Arnie Kozak


Solitude isn’t loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly. Victoria Erickson


Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. Deepak Chopra


Solitude is the place of purification. Martin Buber

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Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein


Society is no comfort, to one not sociable. William Shakespeare


Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought. Tom Hanks


It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me. Jodie Foster


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou


We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. Henry David Thoreau (Solitude, Walden)


I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. Henry David Thoreau


I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls. Henry David Thoreau


That is why I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul and I grow angry with everybody and fear everybody. Friedrich Nietzsche


My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company. Friedrich Nietzsche


Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Ernest Hemingway


It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. Mahatma Gandhi


My passionate interest in social justice and social responsibility has always stood in curious contrast to a marked lack of desire for direct association with men and women. Albert Einstein


Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realise how peaceful and calm it is. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy. Jim Carrey


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle


Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows. Henry David Thoreau


It would do the world good if every person would compel himself to often be alone. Most of the world’s progress has come from such. Deepak Chopra


I chide society, I embrace solitude, and yet I am not so ungrateful as not to see the wise, the lovely and the noble-minded, as from time to time they pass my gate. Ralph Waldo Emerson


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa


I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone. Audrey Hepburn

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This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude. Jean de la Bruyere


He who understands humanity seeks solitude. Ali ibn Abi Talib


Solitude is a kind of freedom. Umberto Eco


Fire is a good companion for the mind. May Sarton


Solitude is one thing and loneliness is another. May Sarton


Be alone and be happy with yourself. Leo Babauta (See also: the lost art of solitude)


Solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity. Leo Babauta


Solitude is un-American. Erica Jong


Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty. Moliere


Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man. Walter Benjamin


I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)


It is better to be alone than in bad company. Unknown


Solitude sometimes is best society. John Milton


In solitude I find my answers. Kristen Butler


Some of us are born to a solitary life. Philippa Gregory


Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Joseph Roux


In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Laurence Sterne


Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness. Alfred North Whitehead


I owe my solitude to other people. Alan Watts


To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates


The more solitude, the simpler it is. Maxime Lagacé


The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. Omar Khayyam


Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. Lorraine Hansberry


You only grow when you are alone. Paul Newman


Disappear. Then, come back even better. Ree Johnson


They who do not fear darkness have learned to light their own candle. Dodinsky


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. Maya Angelou


One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Sigmund Freud


Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Nikola Tesla


Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude. Robin Sharma


There’s staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least and hour every day. Robin Sharma


He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward Beecher

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Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. Criss Jami


We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being. Hermann Hesse


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. Ralph Waldo Emerson


What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own. Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is much better to walk alone, in the right direction, than to follow the herd, walking in the wrong direction. Lone Wolf Quotes


Let others worry about being socially acceptable; those types are a dime a dozen, and you are after a power greater than they can imagine. Robert Greene


True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. Wendell Berry


You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society. Henry David Thoreau


We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. May Sarton


You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners. Robert Brault


Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter. Henri Nouwen


We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. Helen Hayes


Talent is nurtured in solitude… A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


In the solitude of your dreams grows the flame that will bring the light to this world. Unknown


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne


Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments. Stephen Crane


The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic’s terrible. Jeff Taylor


Solitude is the soul’s holiday. Katrina Kenison


A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. Oscar Wilde


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. Henry David Thoreau


A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo


I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone. Elayne Boosler


Leave me alone, I’m trying to build! Don’t you know how people build? By concentrating! 5 years old building Lego (Twitter source)


When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. Gertrude Stein


You don’t need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it. Leo Babauta


I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. Rainer Maria Rilke


I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Charles Bukowski


In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus


Life is an island in an ocean of solitude and seclusion. Kahlil Gibran (Check out the rest of this profound quote here)


Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. Honore de Balzac


People who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger. Andrei Tarkovsky


It is the barren silence of winter that makes the birdsong and blossoms of spring so enchanting. The Stoic Emperor


Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? Charles Bukowski


They simply never understand, do they, that sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth? Charles Bukowski


Although the wish for solitude can be a denial of dependence, a capacity for solitude may be its fullest acknowledgment. Adam Phillips


Our perpetually networked selves cling to constant communication in an effort to avoid the deep-seated sense of loneliness we so dread. Maria Popova


The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god. Aristotle


We think we are unique, special and deserving of happiness, but we are terrified of being alone. Sara Maitland

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One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God. Joyce Meyer


If you can’t stand solitude, maybe you bore others too. Unknown


Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life’s nothingness. Andre Maurois


We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. Tennessee Williams


Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Don’t fear solitude: If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. But don’t get too attached to it – it may become an addiction. Paulo Coelho


What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others & the world remains & is immortal. Albert Pike


When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death — ourselves. Eda LeShan


This task is yours and yours alone. Naval Ravikant


I don’t mind being alone. I just don’t want to be part of the crowd. Naval Ravikant


To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone. Joseph Krutch


If truth is what you seek, then the examined life will only take you on a long ride to the limits of solitude and leave you by the side of the road with your truth and nothing else. Thomas Ligotti


Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. Jodi Picoult


I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space where the soul breathes and work can be done. Solitude exposes the nerve, Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it. May Sarton


If the blissful connection of a counterpart is the apex of all human emotion, why am I so happy so stand alone and feel the breeze? Unknown


Solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude. Mary Shelley


A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial. Arthur Schopenhauer


If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre


Give solitude a chance. You’ve got nothing to lose. And your life to gain back. Joshua Becker


Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are. Robert Cecil


Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor play to stay. Josh Billings


The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude. Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)


The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. Epicurus


On being alone: I think it’s a good thing to do; you get to know yourself, and I think that’s the most important thing in the whole world. Robert Paul Smith


As a society moves from scarcity to abundance, the cultural value that is most likely to be underdeveloped is restraint. Michael


Deep understanding requires deep thinking which requires focused time alone, away from the chatter of people online and offline. It requires staying with a single thought for a long time, focusing on it and developing it. In solitude is the genesis of great ideas. The Ancient Sage


Aloneness is obviously not isolation, and it is not uniqueness. To be unique is merely to be exceptional in some way, whereas to be completely alone demands extraordinary sensitivity, intelligence, understanding. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. Lao Tzu


Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The value of solitude – one of its values – is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within, just as there is nothing to help balance at times of particular stress or depression. May Sarton


The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. Pearl S. Buck


To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do to this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. Deepak Chopra


We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves? Morris Adler


Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing. Fred Rogers


A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. Arthur Schopenhauer


Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. Octavio Paz


Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude. Octavio Paz


We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest. Philip Gilbert Hamerton


No person can achieve significance alone. John C. Maxwell


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Mel Robbins


In solitude one finds only what he carries there with him. Juan Ramon Jimenez


Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle


The things we experience for ourselves when we are alone are much stronger and much fresher. Eugène Delacroix


Enjoy solitude. But don’t get addicted to it. Paulo Coelho


Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge. Paulo Coelho


There is no place more intimate than the spirit alone: It finds a lovely certainty in the evening and the morning. May Sarton


I simply adore being alone – I find it a consuming thirst – and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy. May Sarton


The best things in life happen to you when you’re alone. Agnes Martin


In certain circumstances, being outside, not fitting in, can be a source of satisfaction, even pleasure. Olivia Laing


I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. Henry Miller


The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are. Unknown


There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. Colette


Genuine tranquility of the heart and perfect peace of mind, the highest blessings on earth after health, are to be found only in solitude and, as a permanent disposition, only in the deepest seclusion. Arthur Schopenhauer


Solitude is my element, and the reason is that extreme awareness of other people… precludes awareness of one’s self so that after a while the self no longer knows that it exists. May Sarton


Our unhappiness arises from one thing only, that we cannot be comfortably alone in our room. That is why the pleasure of solitude is seen as so incomprehensible. Blaise Pascal


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. Henry David Thoreau

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For it may be said, in general, that every man will love or hate solitude — in other words, his own society — just in proportion as he is worth anything in himself. Arthur Schopenhauer


Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. Harold Bloom


I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible. Storm Jameson


I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone. Marilynne Robinson


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. Ellen Burstyn


Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. Rumi


It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. Albert Einstein


Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person. Olivia Laing


So afraid one is of loneliness; of seeing to the bottom of the vessel. Virginia Woolf


At any moment solitude may put on the face of loneliness. May Sarton


The psychoemotional line between solitude and loneliness can be as thin as a razor’s edge and as lacerating to the soul. Maria Popova


If solitude fertilizes the imagination, loneliness vacuums it of vitality and sands the baseboards of the spirit with the scratchy restlessness of longing — for connection, for communion, for escape. Marie Popova


We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. Dorothy Day


Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude. Paul Tillich


There is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear, and almost everyone has hours when he would gladly exchange it for any kind of sociability, however trivial or cheap, for the tiniest outward agreement with the first person who comes along. Rainer Maria Rilke


I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom. Andrei Tarkovsky


Think of the blessings that await you, not of the emptiness that drives you to seek constant distraction. Eugène Delacroix


Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality. Olivia Laing


We aren’t lonely because we are alone; we are lonely because we have failed in our solitude. Michael Harris


Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. Eckhart Tolle (The Power Of Now)


Don’t panic. Loneliness, when accepted, is a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. Paulo Coelho


You’re not alone; you’re not forgotten. God has you in the palm of His hand. Joel Osteen


The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do. Unknown


Don’t be afraid of losing people. Be afraid of losing yourself by trying to please everyone around you. Lewis Howes


My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there. May Sarton

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Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you. Carl Jung


We tend to see aloneness as bleak, depressing, scary. But it can be seen as freeing, as an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to get to know yourself. Leo Babauta


The line between isolation and solitude can be a fine one. Emily White


I’m in the right place, wrong time? That’s how I feel everyday. Jack White


You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti


Loneliness is the longing for connection. The Happy Philosopher


Whatever you’re going through… you are not alone. Mel Robbins


Now I become myself. It’s taken time, many years and places. May Sarton


One can acquire everything in solitude except character. Stendhal


True bravery is doing what is right even when it’s not popular. David Roads


Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate. Bruce Lee


Life comes in clusters, clusters of solitude, then a cluster when there is hardly time to breathe. May Sarton


Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness. Lawrence Freeman


Fix all your attention on your own path, and do not imitate others. Your life is unique, and your karma is yours alone. Taisen Deshimaru


Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul. You are always being lured away by foolish distractions. Seek solitude. If your life is well ordered your health will not suffer. Eugène Delacroix


The completely independent man would live in a cabin in the woods—free to come & go as he pleased, but he would have no power. Robert Greene


To achieve something otherworldly. There can be no competing influence. The mind seeks distraction like a mosquito seeks blood. A man with isolationist tendencies carries an enormous advantage. Kapil Gupta


Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought! Santiago Ramón y Cajal


Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self. Henri Nouwen


Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. James Russell Lowell


Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places. A. R. Rahman


Decisive moment: the one when you will be really alone. And it is perhaps this that makes her hesitate: not the void, but the vastness of the solitude. It’s as well if you are frightened of solitude. It’s a sign that you have come to the moment of your birth. Hélène Cixous


Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. James Allen


Despite its prevalence, living alone is one of the least discussed and, consequently, most poorly understood issues of our time. Eric Klinenberg

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We have come to know, or rather to believe, that boredom is not part of the natural lot of man, but can be avoided by a sufficiently vigorous pursuit of excitement. Bertrand Russell


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson


There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself. Diana Vreeland


You alone decide what thoughts and beliefs you let into your life. For they will shape whether you feel rich or poor, cursed or blessed. Tony Robbins


Find time each day to be alone, for your mental health, by stealing pockets of time from other areas of your life. Leo Babauta


Solitude is as much an intrinsic desire in man as his gregariousness. Hermits, solitary thinkers, independent spirits, recluses, although often stigmatized in the modern world, are healthy expressions of man’s dialogue with himself. Clark E. Moustakas


Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism. Thomas Merton


The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. Marya Mannes


One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. Heraclitus


I am alternately very gregarious – very sociable – and then very solitary. Fran Lebowitz


Alone, there’s no need for an itinerary. Walk, and the day arranges itself. Stephanie Rosenbloom


In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude. Robert Brault


Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind. Dodinsky


It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment. Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)


One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship! Gabriel García Márquez


Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone. C.S. Lewis


If you love someone, you are always joined with them – in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife. Rumi


The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth. David Roads


Experiment. Live a little. And remember that the fear of absence is the surest sign that absence is direly needed. Michael Harris


The final word is love… To love we must know each other… and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Dorothy Day


Your bad love of yourselves makes solitude a prison to you. But let this be your honor: always to love more than you are loved and never to be second in this. Friedrich Nietzsche


Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. Bell Hooks


You don’t get together to be alone. Grant Cardone


Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. Thomas Merton


When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. Thomas Merton


We have to be wholly at peace with the prospect of many years of solitude in order to be appropriately picky; otherwise, we risk loving no longer being single rather more than we love the partner who spared us that fate. Alain de Botton


We’re simply not here to go it alone. Only through relating constructively with others do we self-actualize. Marianne Williamson


Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. Barbara De Angelis


I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. Rainer Maria Rilke


Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Kahlil Gibran


We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. Aldous Huxley


Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself. Bianca Sparacino


If you love a flower, don’t pick one. If you pick it, it dies and ceases to be what you love. So, if you love a flower, let it be. Osho


Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other. Han Suyin


Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you. Jonathan Safran Foer


This quiet ongoing solitude of mine is how I say I miss you without admitting it out loud. Beau Taplin

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Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all. Rollo May


Just as love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist. Paulo Coelho


Without solitude, love will not stay long by your side. Paulo Coelho


Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Helen Keller


I am a real lone wolf who has never wholeheartedly belonged to the State, to my country, my circle of friends and not even to my family but who, despite all these bonds, has constantly experienced a feeling of strangeness and the need for solitude. Albert Einstein


Friendship… is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself”. C.S. Lewis


An affinity for solitude is comparable only to one’s affinity for certain other people. And yet one’s first experience of solitude, like one’s first experience of the other, is fraught with danger. Adam Phillips


Solitude, a rest from responsibilities, and peace of mind, will do you more good than the atmosphere of the studio and the conversations which, generally speaking, are a waste of time. Louise Bourgeois


Collaboration and connecting with others is a beautiful thing, but in the end, creation is done in solitude. Leo Babauta


Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but instead makes real fellowship possible. Henri Nouwen


Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjold


Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances. William Powell


Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything. Willa Cather


People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world. Unknown


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau


I love people. I love my family, my children… but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up. Pearl S. Buck


It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. Thomas Merton


Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it. Simone Weil


We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. C.S. Lewis


The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. Francis Bacon


I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. Henry David Thoreau


He who lives in solitude may make his own laws. Publilius Syrus


Solitude is independence. I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude. Beth Buelow


My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people. Patricia Highsmith


Being solitary isn’t a disease that needs a cure. Natasha Pulley


For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. Francis Bacon


For a long time now, every meeting with another human being has been a collision. I feel too much, sense too much, am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation. May Sarton (Journal of a Solitude)


It’s okay if every weekend doesn’t lead to big moments and campfires and laughter that carries on for hours and hours. Some weekends might be quiet, still, with plenty of room to contemplate. And in that contemplation room, there is room to grow. Morgan Harper Nichols


Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust. Kazuo Ishiguro


I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel. Audrey Hepburn


Writing is a tribute to solitude. It is choosing introversion over extroversion, lonely hours/days/weeks/years over fun and sociability. Elif Safak


Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Eve Ensler


Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Eve Ensler


Introverts like being introverts. We are drawn to ideas, we are passionate observers, and for us, solitude is rich and generative. Laurie Helgoe


Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone. Virginia Woolf


When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest. Antonio Porchia


I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Horacio Jones

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People empty me. I have to get away to refill. Charles Bukowski


Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. Nikola Tesla


The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act. Charles Bukowski


Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. Franz Kafka


Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. Lord Byron


One can never be alone enough to write. Susan Sontag


Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous — to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. Thomas Mann


Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. Lou Dorfsman


The more outside noise you consume, the more your inner voice is suppressed. Silence and solitude foster creativity. The Ancient Sage


In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May


The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence. Adrienne Rich


Pursuing originality, the would-be creator works alone. In loneliness one assumes a responsibility for oneself that one cannot fulfill. Wendell Berry


I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one’s work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary. Eugène Delacroix


I must try to live austerely, as Plato did. How can one keep one’s enthusiasm concentrated on a subject when one is always at the mercy of other people and in constant need of their society? Eugène Delacroix


Block out a few minutes each day to be alone and do nothing at all. Mayo Oshin


We treat with dark suspicion (at best) anyone who uses one of the most clearly established methods of developing that creativity — solitude. Sara Maitland


Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice. Virginia Woolf


One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages. Criss Jami


All creative work must be done by shutting out the outside world, sitting down, and creating. Leo Babauta


Alone is hard. Together is better. Simon Sinek


Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus. Leo Babauta


The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it’s only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul. Leo Babauta

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When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer–say, traveling in a carriage or walking after a good meal or during the night when I cannot sleep–it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. Jessamyn West


Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington


On creative people: His most significant moments are those in which he attains some new insight, or makes some new discovery; and these moments are chiefly, if not invariably, those in which he is alone. Anthony Storr


Learn to build and learn to sell. Building can be programming, engineering, writing, etc – best learned alone. Selling is persuasion, public speaking, psychology, etc – best learned in the field. Naval Ravikant


The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. Søren Kierkegaard


Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and be just toward them. Rainer Maria Rilke


The patience of making art is a lonely patience — one that demands the solitude essential for creative work, be it art or science, so widely recognized by creators across time and discipline. Maria Popova


Writing is a lonely occupation at best. Of course there are stimulating and even happy associations with friends and colleagues, but during the actual work of creation the writer cuts himself off from all others and confronts his subject alone. He* moves into a realm where he has never been before — perhaps where no one has ever been. It is a lonely place, even a little frightening.


A writer’s occupation is one of the loneliest in the world, even if the loneliness is only an inner solitude and isolation, for that he must have at times if he is to be truly creative.


Genius-level work gets done away from the office. Solitude births brilliance. So get quiet. And start producing real work versus fake work. Robin Sharma


Creativity breeds amid solitude versus noise. Robin Sharma


Go out and walk. That is the glory of life. Maira Kalman


I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh


There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. Lord Byron


To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. Jeanne Moreau


All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. Friedrich Nietzsche


No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Jack Kerouac


Although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination. Albert Einstein


The hardest walk you can make, is the walk you make alone, but that is the walk that makes you the strongest. Unknown


There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you… In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. Ruth Stout


It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky… a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe. Victor Hugo


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. John Muir (The Yosemite)


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau


We talk of communing with Nature, but ’tis with ourselves we commune… Nature furnishes the conditions – the solitude – and the soul furnishes the entertainment. John Burroughs


No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom… No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild)


What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone in the forest at night. Thomas Merton

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An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky. Marina Abramović


The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


We are less bored than our ancestors were, but we are more afraid of boredom. Bertrand Russell


Having the discipline to step back from the noise of the world is essential to staying focused. Mike Erwin


Solitude brings on creativity. Stillness delivers productivity. And quiet breeds genius. Robin Sharma


Solitude allows you to think. And to get to know who you truly are. With that awareness, you can elevate. Robin Sharma


How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. Virginia Woolf


Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius


Total solitude is needed to pursue a line of thought. A little interruption, and you are lost. The trance is over, the magic gone. You may recover the rudiments of what you were thinking. But that unique excursion into the realm of thought with its rich intricacy is lost forever. The Ancient Sage


A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow processes of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase. Bertrand Russell


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve. Hermann Hesse


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. K.T. Jong


I just feel that there isn’t enough silence, you know, and I’m always asking people if they can just give some silence. Fred Rogers


There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind. Charles Lanman


An artist has to understand silence. An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work. Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean. Marina Abramović


I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness. Sara Maitland


In our noisy, busy world, the importance of developing the life skill of solitude, meditation, and quietly being with oneself can not be overstated. Joshua Becker


One problem with our complicated lives these days is that many of us never find time to spend alone, in peace, without being bombarded with noise and information. Leo Babauta


There’s no time for solitude and quiet contemplation, and as a result, we have stress and anxiety and depression and repression. Leo Babauta


The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever. May Sarton


I am alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make every hour holy. Rainer Maria Rilke


Can you sit alone in an empty room? Can you enjoy the joy of quiet? Leo Babauta


Listen, watch, learn about yourself. Find contentment. Need nothing more. Leo Babauta


Rather, go away, Flee into concealment. And have your masks and subtlety, that you may be mistaken for what you are not, or feared a little. And don't forget the garden, the garden with golden trelliswork. And have people around you who are as a garden──or as music on the waters in the evening, when the day is turning into memories. Choose the good solitude, the free, playful, light solitude that gives you, too, the right to remain good in some sense.- Frederick Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, #25, 1886


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.- John Burroughs


Decisive moment: the one when you will be really alone. And it is perhaps this that makes her hesitate: not the void, but the vastness of the solitude. It’s as well if you are frightened of solitude. It’s a sign that you have come to the moment of your birth. - Hélène Cixous


But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.- Thomas Merton


I can be by myself because I'm never lonely; I'm simply alone, living in my heavily populated solitude, a harum-scarum of infinity and eternity, and Infinity and Eternity seem to take a liking to the likes of me.- Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude


It is sometimes said that each of us is ultimately alone. This idea is compelling not because of birth and death, but because so often our moments alone seem more true, more real. I need solitude like I need food and rest, and like eating and resting, solitude is most healing when it fits the rhythm of my needs. A rigidly scheduled aloneness does not nourish me. Solitude is perhaps a misnomer. To me, being alone means togetherness - the re-coming-togetherness of myself and nature, of myself and being, the reuniting of myself with all other selves. Solitude especially means putting the parts of my mind back together, unifying the pieces of my mind back together, unifying the pieces of myself scattered by anger and fear, until I can once again see that the little things are little and the big things are big. - Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself

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Silence is more musical than any song.- Christina Rossetti


I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.- Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre


I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.- Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World


In wilderness people can find the silence and the solitude and the noncivilized surroundings that can connect them once again to their evolutionary heritage, and through an experience of the eternal mystery, can give them a sense of the sacredness of all creation.- Sigurd Olson (1899-1982)


The inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.- Walter Bagehot, 1870


Solitude sometimes is best society.- John Milton, Paradise Lost


With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.- Eric Hoffer


There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind.- Charles Lanman, Musings


Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.- Aristotle


There is something very basic to the sense of listening. The sense of hearing is the only one that operates totally from vibrations, without other physical or chemical reactions to receive the sensations.- Henry Reed


Not everyone knows how to be alone with others, how to share solitude. We have to help each other to understand how to be in our solitude, so that we can relate to each other without grabbing on to each other. We can be interdependent but not dependent. Loneliness is rejected despondency. Solitude is shared interdependence. - David Spangler


The reason that extended solitude seemed so hard to endure was not that we missed others but that we began to wonder if we ourselves were present, because for so long our existence depended upon assurances from them. - Doris Grumbach, Fifty Days of Solitude


There are many matters and many circumstances in which consciousness is undesirable and silence is golden, so that secrecy can be used as a marker to tell us that we are approaching the holy.- Gregory Bateson, Angels Fear


If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.”- Jean-Paul Sartre


I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.- Audrey Hepburn


I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.- Anonymous


It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


Now,, more than ever, we need our solitude. Being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives. It can teach us fortitude and the ability to satisfy our own needs. A restorer of energy, the stillness of alone experiences provides us with much-needed rest. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual, our hopes for freedom. Alone time is fuel for life. - Ester Buchholz


Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.- Thomas De Quincey


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.- Marcus Aurelius


I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness.- Sara Maitland, How to Be Alone


Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.- Peter Minard


The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born. - Nikola Tesla


Living alone,' November whispered, 'is a skill, like running long distance or programming old computers. You have to know parameters, protocols. You have to learn them so well that they become like a language: to have music always so that the silence doesn't overwhelm you, to perform your work exquisitely well so that your time is filled. You have to allow yourself to open up until you are the exact size of the place you live, no more or else you get restless. No less, or else you drown. There are rules; there are ways of being and not being.- Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest


Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom. Once you were thus convinced, you were foolish to open the door and let anyone in, not all the way in. You risked the hard-won equilibrium, that tranquility that you called peace. - Dean Koontz, The Good Guy


It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


People who need people are threatened by people who don’t. The idea of seeking contentment alone is heretical, for society steadfastly decrees that our completeness lies in others. - Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories of Splendid Solitude


Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.- Thomas Mann, Death in Venice


To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone. - Joseph Krutch, The Desert Year


Practically all creative people, and certainly most geniuses, have preferred to be alone for long periods, especially when producing their best work. - Raj Persaud


There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.- Minnie Aumonier


Passions are likened best to floods and streams: The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.- Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552 - 1618

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The object of our lives is to look at, listen to, touch, taste things. Without them, - these sticks, stones, feathers, shells, - there is no Deity.- R. H. Blyth, Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics, p. 144.


The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. - Aldous Huxley


I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.- Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Organismic awareness is what we - on the Ego Level - ordinarily, but clumsily, refer to as seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and hearing. But in its very purest form, this sensual awareness" is non-symbolic, non-conceptual, momentary consciousness. Organismic awareness is awareness of the Present only - you can't taste the past, smell the past, see the past, touch the past, or hear the past. Neither can you taste, smell, see, touch or hear the future. In other words, organismic consciousness is properly timeless, and being timeless, it is essentially spaceless. Just as organismic awareness knows no past or future, it knows no inside or outside, no self or other. Thus pure organismic consciousness participates fully in the non-dual awareness called Absolute Subjectivity."- Ken Wilber, Spectrum of Consciousness, 1977, p. 115


Talent is nurtured in solitude … A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. - Johann Wolfgang Von Göethe


Every kind of creative work demands solitude, and being alone, constructively alone, is a prerequisite for every phase of the creative process. - Barbara Powell


As the cow and goat, as well as the herb, the tree and the vegetation, can read the thoughts of us all, chanting and singing should occur while tending to their needs. - Hindu Deva Shastra, verse 439, Nature Devas


What a pity flowers can utter no sound!—A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ... oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be! - Henry Ward Beecher


I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.- Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer


In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.- Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.- Michel de Montaigne


True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.- William Penn


By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.- George Herbert


Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.- Hans Margolius, Aphorismen


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. - Ellen Burstyn


Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. - Edward Gibbon


Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.- Deepak Chopra


I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.- Henry David Thoreau


Flowers and plants are silent presences. They nourish every sense except the ear. - May Sarton


I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.- Henry David Thoreau


A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.- Arthur Schopenhauer


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.- Albert Einstein


Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches; yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth.- Kahlil Gibran


I have come to terms with the future. From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth. Plant trees. Kill no living things. Live in harmony with all creatures. I will restore the earth where I am. Use no more of its resources than I need. And listen, listen to what it is telling me. - M. J. Slim Hooey


A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.- Bertrand Russell


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.- K.T. Jong


Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.- Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun


Without great solitude no serious work is possible. - Pablo Picasso


I am never less alone than when alone. - Cicero


One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. - Gary Mark Gilmore


I love to seclude myself in my garden, away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. It gives me a chance to focus on my surroundings. Soon, all I notice is that beautiful Betty Prior" rose just opening or those pines whispering stories to each other. And the clatter and roar of modern life fades into the background."- Jim Childs, Sounds in the Garden, Garden Gate, No. 28, August 1999, pp. 14-17. In this article he discusses how to deal with sound waves in landscape design by absorption, deflection, reflection, and refraction.


I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.- Charles Bukowski, Factotum


We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory


How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.- Virginia Woolf, The Waves


When they turned off, it was still early in the pink and green fields. The fumes of morning, sweet and bitter, sprang up where they walked. The insects ticked softly, their strength in reserve; butterflies chopped the air, going to the east, and the birds flew carelessly and sang by fits and starts, not the way they did in the evening in sustained and drowsy songs.- Eudora Welty, The Wide Net


There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.- Ruth Stout


Solitude is a form of meditation.- Terri Guillemets


I owe my solitude to other people.- Alan Watts


I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.- Henry David Thoreau

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We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together.... I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.- Helen Hayes


Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.- Robert Cecil


Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.- Pearl Buck


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.- Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf


St. John of the Cross points out that the divine music can best be heard in solitude and silence. The sonorous music is not a physical sound that vibrates the eardrum but something transcending the senses. Physical solitude and silence remove the distracting noises that prevent us from hearing on deeper levels.- Charles Cummings


What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it — like a secret vice.- Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Finding solitude in the concrete jungle is powerful and peaceful.- Mike Dolan


A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with a sort of greedy enjoyment," as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was "saturated with the bouquet of silence." - Holbrook Jackson


Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us.- Thomas Kelly, Reality and the Spiritual World


Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.- Paul Tillich


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.- John Muir, The Yosemite


It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky... a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.- Victor Hugo


Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listed to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.- Karl Menninger


The hum of bees is the voice of the garden. - Elizabeth Lawrence


Silence is our deepest nature, our home, our common ground, our peace. Silence reveals. Silence heals.- Gunilla Norris


Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.- May Sarton


Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.- Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings


Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.- Marcel Proust


No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.- Jack Kerouac


We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?- Morris Adler


There are days when you seek the company of your solitude, and your solitude just wants to be left alone.- Robert Brault


There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being, welcoming me tenderly, saluting me with indescribable humility.- Thomas Merton


Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.- Harold Bloom


To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.- Anthony Burgess, Homage To Qwert Yuiop


There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.- Colette, Oeuvres


The bare earth, plantless, waterless, is an immense puzzle. In the forests or beside rivers everything speaks to humans. The desert does not speak. I could not comprehend its tongue; its silence....- Pablo Neruda


The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.- Voltaire


True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.- William Penn


True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.- Edward Hoagland


Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.- John Lah


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. -Albert Einstein


The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it. -John Lubbock


I have a huge, active imagination, [and] I think I’m really scared of being alone; because if I’m left to my own devices, I’ll just turn into a madwoman. -Claire Danes


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. -Ellen Burstyn


It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it. -Rainer Maria Rilke


Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. -Honoré de Balzac


Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. -Thomas Wolfe

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Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines. -Paul Brunton


I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. -Henry David Thoreau


Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone. -Paul Johannes Tillich


Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. –Thomas Browne


Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. -Alice Koller


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. -K.T. Jong


Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. -Marcus Aurelius


Without great solitude no serious work is possible. -Pablo Picasso


A man can be himself alone so long as he is alone… if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. -Arthur Schopenhauer


When I’m by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Not just a part of someone else. -Jean Culligan


That I am totally devoid of sympathy for, or interest in, the world of groups is directly attributable to the fact that my two greatest needs and desires – smoking cigarettes and plotting revenge – are basically solitary pursuits. -Fran Lebowitz


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. -Henry David Thoreau
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