Solitude Quotes

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1. “Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”

Tags : Aloneness Change Common Ground Faith Love Loved Ones Relationships Solitude
Source : Letters to a Young Poet

2. “People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.”

Tags : Alone Charge Creativity Designer Energy Fame Fashion Karl Lagerfeld Loneliness Lonely Media Quote Quotes Recharge Solitude Victory

3. “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”

Tags : Contentment Loneliness Solitude
Author : May Sarton

4. “They were both from the real world, their own distinct ones, but I was somewhere in limbo. Set apart, I didn't know how to let either of them in.”

Tags : Limbo Reality Romance Solitude Youth
Author : Amina Gautier
Source : At-Risk

5. “On a long flight, after periods of crisis and many hours of fatigue, mind and body may become disunited until at times they seem completely different elements, as though the body were only a home with which the mind has been associated but by no means bound. Consciousness grows independent of the ordinary senses. You see without assistance from the eyes, over distances beyond the visual horizon. There are moments when existence appears independent even of the mind. The importance of physical desire and immediate surroundings is submerged in the apprehension of universal values.For unmeasurable periods, I seem divorced from my body, as though I were an awareness spreading out through space, over the earth and into the heavens, unhampered by time or substance, free from the gravitation that binds to heavy human problems of the world. My body requires no attention. It's not hungry. It's neither warm or cold. It's resigned to being left undisturbed. Why have I troubled to bring it here? I might better have left it back at Long Island or St. Louis, while the weightless element that has lived within it flashes through the skies and views the planet. This essential consciousness needs no body for its travels. It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which circumstances I've gone through make possible.Then what am I – the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands? Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation? There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds. It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.”

Tags : Awareness Body Change Connection Consciousness Dawn Earth Energy Horizon Light Mind Moon Perception Possibility Reality Sky Solitude Space Stars Time Unity Universe
Source : The Spirit of St. Louis

6. “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.”

Tags : Desperate Life Losing Love Nostalgia Pain Regret Solitude

7. “I like solitude. It is when you truly hear and speak your natural, unadulterated mind, and out comes your most stupid self as well as your most intelligent self. It is when you realize who you are and the extents of the good and the evils which you are capable of.”

Tags : Actions Extremes Good Intelligence Polarity Self Solitude Stupidity Thoughts True Self
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

8. “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.”

Tags : Leisure Solitude

9. “Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”

Tags : Leisure Meditation Solitude

10. “I am not a Sunday morning inside four wallswith clean bloodand organized drawers.I am the hurricane setting fire to the forestsat night when no one else is aliveor awakehowever you choose to see itand I live in my own flamessometimes burning too bright and too wildto make things lastor handlemyself or anyone elseand so I run.run run runfar and wideuntil my bones ache and lungs splitand it feels good.Hear that people? It feels goodbecause I am the slave and ruler of my own bodyand I wish to do with it exactly as I please”

Tags : Ache Alive Alone Awake Blood Body Bright Burn Forest Free Will Independent Lit Quote Litquote Night Organized People Poetry Prose Prose Poetry Run Solitude Songwriter Sunday Walls

11. “Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”

Tags : Art Artist Artistic Contemplating Dreams Experience Fantasy Fun Imagination Life Perception Perspective Poetry Reading Reality Solitude Songwriting Thinking Thoughts Universe Vicarious Writing
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

12. “You only know me as an ordinary human being, with flesh, blood and bones, but there is something about me too hard for you to decipher, for if i let you, you will ever regret knowing me.”

Tags : Ambiguity Bad Bad Guy Behaviour Core Othe Soul Evil Fear Ghost Identity Inner Self Magic Michael Bassey Johnson Mysticism Occult Origins Other Otherworldly Profound Relationships Secret Secrets Shock Solitude Terror Toxic Shock Ugliness Worst

13. “You read and write and sing and experience, thinking that one day these things will build the character you admire to live as. You love and lose and bleed best you can, to the extreme, hoping that one day the world will read you like the poem you want to be.”

Tags : Change Changing Growing Up Growth Journey Leaving Life Life Story Living London Musician Poetry Self Development Self Knowledge Solitude Songwriter Spiritual Growth Sweden The Great Perhaps Travelling

14. “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.”

Tags : Despair Silence Solitude
Author : Henry Miller
Source : Tropic of Cancer

15. “I never feel unsafe except for when the majority is on my side.”

Tags : Beast Beliefs Caution Cynical Cynical Humor Cynicism Danger Distrust Falsehood Fighting Funny But True Humor Insecurity Introvert Loner Minority Opinions Safety Security Solitude Trust Truth Unsafe Vulnerability
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

16. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

Tags : Ataraxy Defiance Empowerment Independence Individuality Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : Jane Eyre

17. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

Tags : Ataraxy Independence Individuality Inspirational Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : The Complete Essays

18. “In yourself right now is all the place you've got.”

Tags : Ataraxy Empowerment Independence Individuality Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : Wise Blood

19. “For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”

Tags : Ataraxy Independence Individuality Retire Self Self Assurance Self Awareness Self Containment Self Determination Self Esteem Self Reliance Self Respect Self Sufficiency Self Trust Solitude
Source : Meditations

20. “Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-contained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no colour from the outer world.”

Tags : Ataraxy Individuality Reclusiveness Self Containment Self Reliance Self Sufficiency Silence Solitude
Source : Lady Audley's Secret

21. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.”

Tags : Lonliness Self Worth Solitude
Author : Wayne W. Dyer

22. “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.”

Tags : Disappointment Loneliness Loner Solitude
Author : Jodi Picoult
Source : My Sister's Keeper

23. “Nightmares are seldom a foreshadowing of real events, but always a showing of real fears.”

Tags : Brain Chimera Cognition Facade Failure Fearful Foreshadowing Frightening Future Hate Imagination Loss Love Make Believe Nightmare Present Rational Belief Reality Scary Terror
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

24. “Was it really some other person I was so anxious to discover...or was it only my own solitude that I could not abide?”

Tags : Loneliness Searching Solitude
Author : David Markson
Source : Wittgenstein's Mistress

25. “Perhaps there are those who are able to go about their lives unfettered by such concerns. But for those like us, our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.”

Tags : Calm Destiny Fate Loneliness Loss Mission Orphans Peace Of Mind Searching Seeking Solitude Tranquility
Source : When We Were Orphans

26. “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”

Tags : Alone Being Charlotte Eriksson City Crowd Floor Inspiration Lonely Mastery Meditation Mindfulness Noise People Poetry Presence Present Moment Prose Quiet Silence Solitude Spiritual Stillness The Glass Child Voice

27. “I woke up early and took the first train to take me away from the city. The noise and all its people. I was alone on the train and had no idea where I was going, and that’s why I went there. Two hours later we arrived in a small town, one of those towns with one single coffee shop and where everyone knows each other’s name. I walked for a while until I found the water, the most peaceful place I know. There I sat and stayed the whole day, with nothing and everything on my mind, cleaning my head. Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound.”

Tags : Adventure Alone Berlin Charlotte Eriksson Dawn Expat Free Free Living Inspiration Morning Motivation Nature Nomad People Silence Simplicity Solitude Sound Stillness The Glass Child Train Vagabonding Wandering

28. “I hate solitude, but I'm afraid of intimacy. The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self-destruction. The company which I need is the company which a pub or a cafe will provide. I have never wanted a communion of souls. It's already hard enough to tell the truth to oneself.”

Tags : Intimacy Solitude
Author : Iris Murdoch
Source : Under the Net

29. “When you're socially awkward, you're isolated more than usual, and when you're isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. 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.”

Tags : Advantage Alienation Alienation Versus Humanity Art Authenticity Awkward Brain Compromise Craft Creative Fierce Genuine Humanity Humanity Versus Alienation Imagination Introversion Isolation Loner Originality Perspective Purity Social Socially Awkward Solitude Writing
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

30. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Tags : Autumn Fall Solitude

31. “The more time we spend interconnected via a myriad of devices, the less time we have left to develop true friendships in the real world.”

Tags : Artificial Life Connect With Your Soul Device False Friends False Friendship Inhumanity Interconnectedness Loneliness Loneliness Of Life Loneliness Or Solitude Lost Souls Mobile Phones Real Friendship Robot World Robotic Humans Robots Societal Norms Societal Progress Tablet Tablets True Friend Quotes Values Values And Beliefs
Author : Alex Morritt
Source : Impromptu Scribe

32. “A simple and sincerely hardworking person spending most of time in solitude with an utmost simplicity is a hope for everyone.”

Tags : Character Factuality Humanity Humbleness Humility Industrious Inspirational Intellectual Laborious Leader Leadership Characteristics Motivational People Nature Personality Reality Reliable Sanity Simple Simplicity Sincere Solitude Synergy True Mentor True Motivational Speaker True To Oneself Trust Trustworthy Universal Fact Universal Truth
Author : Anuj Somany

33. “If it's true what is said, that only the wise discover the wise, then it must also be true that the lone wolf symbolizes either the biggest fool on the planet or the biggest Einstein on the planet.”

Tags : Albert Einstein Discovery Einstein Foolish Genius Hypothesis Lone Lone Wolf Loneliness Lonely Loners Perseverance Planet Represent Solitary Solitude Strength Symbol Symbolism Theory Truth Wisdom Wise Wise Man Wolf
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

34. “There's a lesson in every silence.”

Tags : Alive Awake Blood Bright Burn Flames Focus Hurricane Independent Lit Quote Litquote Loner Meditation Microexpression Myself People Poetry Prose Run Solitude Sunday Sunday Morning The Glass Child

35. “She wanted to hold on to the rosy candlelight glow of romance, rather than have to deal with the bright, sometimes glaring day-to-day life with another person. And who could blame her?”

Tags : Aloneness Equality And Attitude Feminism Gender Love Solitude Woman Women Women Power
Author : Florence Falk

36. “Being single is like being an artist, not because creating a functional single life is an art form, but because it requires the same close attention to one's singular needs, as well as the will and focus to fulfill them. Just as the artist arranges her life around her creativity, sacrificing conventional comforts and even social acceptance, sleeping and eating according to her own rhythms, so that her talent thrives above all else, nurtured the way a child might be, so a single person has to think hard to decipher what makes her happiest and most fulfilled.”

Tags : A Room Of One S Own Knowing Oneself Personal Space Self Reliance Single Women Singles Life Solitude Women
Author : Kate Bolick
Source : Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own

37. “I was alone with myself. And disgusting as I was it was better than being with somebody else, anybody else, all of them out there doing their pitiful little tricks and handsprings.”

Tags : Alone People Solitude Tricks

38. “I prefer to be left alone with my books.”

Tags : Book Lover Jane Grey Solitude
Author : Alison Weir
Source : Innocent Traitor

39. “We ask no sympathy from others in the anxiety and agony of a 
broken friendship or shattered love. When death sunders our nearest
 ties, alone we sit in the shadow of our affliction. Alike mid the greatest 
triumphs and darkest tragedies of life we walk alone. On the divine 
heights of human attainments, eulogized and worshiped as a hero or 
saint, we stand alone. In ignorance, poverty, and vice, as a pauper or 
criminal, alone we starve or steal; alone we suffer the sneers and rebuffs
of our fellows; alone we are hunted and hounded through dark courts
and alleys, in by-ways and highways; alone we stand in the judgment
 seat; alone in the prison cell we lament our crimes and misfortunes; alone we expiate them on the gallows. In hours like these we realize the 
awful solitude of individual life, its pains, its penalties, its responsibilities; hours in which the youngest and most helpless are thrown on their own resources for guidance and consolation. Seeing then that life must ever be a march and a battle, that each soldier must be equipped for his own protection, it is the height of cruelty to rob the individual of a single natural right.”

Tags : Feminism Individuality Liberty Solitude Suffragettes Women
Source : The Woman's Bible

40. “The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.”

Tags : Life Prison Solitude
Author : Karl Kraus

41. “The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; 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.”

Tags : Haven Heaven Hell Inspirational Motivational Personality Prison Punishment Repose Sanctuary Science Self Determination Solitude Value
Author : John Lubbock
Source : Peace and Happiness

42. “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”

Tags : Autonomy Carpe Diem Cherish Enjoy Life Self Empowerment Self Reliance Solitude
Author : Eve Ensler

43. “I don't want anyone to look to me, not for protection, not for happiness, not for love, not for anything.”

Tags : Happiness Love Protection Responsibility Self Sufficiency Solitude
Author : P.D. James
Source : The Children of Men

44. “I might be alone, but i'm never lonely.”

Tags : Self Sufficiency Solitude
Author : Megan Hart

45. “moonlight disappears down the hillsmountains vanish into fogand i vanish into poetry.”

Tags : Alone Fog Hills Moonlight Mountains Poems Poetry Poetry Quotes Solitude Vanish
Author : Sanober Khan
Source : A Thousand Flamingos

46. “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.”

Tags : Bonds Friendship Solitude
Source : Letters to a Young Poet

47. “I am a free soul, singing my heart out by myself no matter where I go and I call strangers my friends because I learn things and find ways to fit them into my own world. I hear what people say, rearrange it, take away and tear apart until it finds value in my reality and there I make it work. I find spaces in between the cracks and cuts where it feels empty and there I make it work.”

Tags : Dedication Free Free Soul Friends Go On Growing Up Hard Work Inspiring Motivation Music Observing Poetry Prose Prose Poetry Reality Singing Solitude Strangers Tear Apart The Glass Child Tumblr Writing Wanderer Wandering

48. “I’m still lonely and it’s a glorification of something I’m not finished with. I don’t want to be distracted from my work by other people, but the absence of it all distracts me from my work and that’s why I run towards the city, to get a little glimpse of it.”

Tags : Charlotte Eriksson City Loneliness Run Solitude The Glass Child Work Writer Writers Life

49. “I seek the city because there is nothing sweeter than not being alone in your loneliness.”

Tags : Charlotte Eriksson City Lit Quote Litquote Loneliness Lonely Prose Solitude

50. “The writer's curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.”

Tags : Alone Art Author Blessed Boredom Company Contemplate Contentment Creativity Curse Good Company Growth Hard Work Imagination Independent Loneliness Perseverance Reflection Self Sufficient Solitude Time Writer
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

51. “There is a wilderness we walk aloneHowever well-companioned”

Tags : Life S Journey Poetry Quotes Solitude
Source : Western Star

52. “Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”

Tags : Alone Bare Bloom Creative Creativity Cultivate Endure Faith Forest Genesis Genius Grow Hero Legend Loneliness Originality Plant Rain Solitude Weather
Author : Mike Norton
Source : White Mountain

53. “Walking and talking are two very great pleasures, but it is a mistake to combine them. Our own noise blots out the sounds and silences of the outdoor world; and talking leads almost inevitably to smoking, and then farewell to nature as far as one of our senses is concerned. The only friend to walk with is one who so exactly shares your taste for each mood of the countryside that a glance, a halt, or at most a nudge, is enough to assure us that the pleasure is shared.”

Tags : Appreciation Enjoyment Nature Senses Silence Solitude Talking Walking
Author : C.S. Lewis
Source : Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

54. “Not too long ago thousands spent their lives as recluses to find spiritual vision in the solitude of nature. Modern man need not become a hermit to achieve this goal, for it is neither ecstasy nor world-estranged mysticism his era demands, but a balance between quantitative and qualitative reality. Modern man, with his reduced capacity for intuitive perception, is unlikely to benefit from the contemplative life of a hermit in the wilderness. But what he can do is to give undivided attention, at times, to a natural phenomenon, observing it in detail, and recalling all the scientific facts about it he may remember. Gradually, however, he must silence his thoughts and, for moments at least, forget all his personal cares and desires, until nothing remains in his soul but awe for the miracle before him. Such efforts are like journeys beyond the boundaries of narrow self-love and, although the process of intuitive awakening is laborious and slow, its rewards are noticeable from the very first. If pursued through the course of years, something will begin to stir in the human soul, a sense of kinship with the forces of life consciousness which rule the world of plants and animals, and with the powers which determine the laws of matter. While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition. If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man's heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.”

Tags : Awareness Connection Consciousness Ecstasy Intuition Journey Life Logic Mind Nature People Perception Reality Science Self Solitude Soul Spirit Time
Author : Franz Winkler

55. “The pain in a person’s life is bound to rise on becoming increasingly wise as nice; for then s/he could easily recognize the truth and lies of the people, hanging around her/him, better than others.”

Tags : Crafty Emotions Fools Humbleness Hypocrite Inspirational Inspiring Writer Lusty Material Mind Mental Makeup Pain People Nature Plagiarise Reliability Rogue Thinking Thoughts True Motivational Speaker Trustworthy Truth
Author : Anuj Somany

56. “Often it feels like I am breathing today only because a few years back I had no idea which nerve to cut...”

Tags : Alive Alone Broken Crying Cut Depressed Devastated Grief Life Loneliness Lonely Loss Love Madness Melancholy Mess Morose Nerve Sad Solitude Suicidal Suicide Unhappy Weeping

57. “What if you are just destined to get hurt, to be helplessly stuck in a point of time you no longer want to be? Maybe life is all about trying to get up while you fall a little bit deeper in the pits of hell, each time you try not to...”

Tags : Alone Cry Dark Deep Depression Destiny Grief Hell Helpless Hurt Inferno Let Go Life Lonely Love Melancholy Move On People Pits Relationships Sad Sadness Solitude Tears Time Trap Trapped

58. “So they gave me love in form of poison and tiny little pills, programming my emotions, teaching me how to feel. To act correct and talk correct and answer without knowing the question, because that, my dear, is how you get love. Yes that, dear youth, is how you'll be loved. I tried to medicate my own fucked up little mind with chemicals and adrenaline, tasting sweeter every night, shaking louder every time. Sitting wide awake in bed until the world disappears, writing poetry to concentrate on something real while waiting for the love to arrive.I've been looking for it night after night, waiting patiently for it to show up, maybe somewhere in between the state of awake and asleep, alive and not so alive, sober and not so sober.(I lost track of the difference somewhere in between.)”

Tags : Drunk Finding Yourself Love Lucid Dreaming Night Pills Sober Solitude Youth
Source : Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

59. “Solitude is an unmarked place beyond the borders of the map, a place where most fear to tread. It’s no surprise, then, that this is where the greatest secrets and most valuable treasures are hidden.”

Tags : Esoteric Wisdom Inspirational Quotes Poem Quote Silence Quotes Solitude Solitude Quotes Spiritual Wisdom Spirituality Quotes

60. “A person devolves his or her hardiness from the ark-like powers of love to create, protect, and destroy. When we are in love, we discover what we long to become, we also discover what we lack. When we are in love, we are empowered to seek out our destiny. When we lose at love, our confidence is devastated. In the wake of a breakup with a lover, we languish in solitude. Caught in the riptide of incompleteness, we suffer terribly.”

Tags : Destiny Lost Love Lost Love Quotes Love Power Of Love Self Confidence Self Confidence Quotes Solitude Solitude Quotes
Source : Dead Toad Scrolls

61. “A person has to be too much selfish to fulfill own wish of being surrounded by many people often, else s/he feels suffocated due to hatred or hidden jealousy from the most public around her/him.”

Tags : Awakening Bossy Character Characteristics Ground Zero Hatred Hidden Jealousy Humanity Hypocrite Inspirational Quote Inspiring Words Leader Materialist Networking Observation Original Originality People Nature Public Figure Real Picture Reliability Self Centred True Motivational Speaker
Author : Anuj Somany

62. “With solitude, however, fervently it is desired and embraced, comes loneliness. T. H White, the author, offered advice to those in sadness -- learn something new.”

Tags : Life Experiences Loneliness Solitude
Source : The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty

63. “I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.”

Tags : Abundance Alone Aloneness Company Flowers Friends Joy Life Pleasure Pleasures Possessions Roman Payne Solitude Summer
Author : Roman Payne
Source : Rooftop Soliloquy

64. “You are alone,So alone,You speak back to silence.People call it loneliness,You call it solitude,Different words,Meaning the same pain.”

Tags : Ache Alone Artists Cold Humans Jenim Dibie Loneliness Lonely Pain People Poetry Poets Sad Sadness Silence Solitary Solitude Words
Author : Jenim Dibie
Source : The Calligraphy of God

65. “One who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments...is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is 'dis-ease.”

Tags : Addiction Harmony Peace Quietness Quotes Recurring Solitude State Of Being Wilderness
Author : T.F. Hodge
Source : From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

66. “Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”

Tags : Loneliness Society Solitude

67. “being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.”

Tags : Loneliness Solitude
Source : Women

68. “If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.”

Tags : Loneliness Solitude

69. “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.”

Tags : Alone Books Friends Solitude
Author : Joshua Slocum
Source : Sailing Alone around the World

70. “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: Many-Sided Charmer, LIFE Magazine, December 7, 1953)”

Tags : Alone Content Privacy Refueling Reprive Restoration Solitude Weekend

71. “If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.”

Tags : Adversity Alone Beautiful Compassion Difficulties Finding Oneself Hardship Humanity Loneliness Misunderstanding Pain Sadness Solitude Understanding
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

72. “He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted.”

Tags : Alone Solitude
Source : Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

73. “Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”

Tags : Beloved Faith Identity Self Silence Solitude
Source : Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

74. “We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement.”

Tags : Confusions Delusions Humanity Illusions Madness Solitude
Source : Darkness Visible

75. “My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.”

Tags : Conversations Distractions Imagination Quiet Solitude

76. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”

Tags : Literature Reading Solitude
Source : The Book of Disquiet

77. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,There is a rapture on the lonely shore,There is society, where none intrudes,By the deep sea, and music in its roar:I love not man the less, but Nature more”

Tags : Nature Poetry Solitude

78. “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.”

Tags : Absurd Beauty Perverse Solitude
Author : Thomas Mann
Source : Death in Venice and Other Tales

79. “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

Tags : Introspection Solitude
Author : Aldous Huxley

80. “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.”

Tags : Companions Company Privacy Solitude
Source : Walden

81. “I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”

Tags : Loneliness Secret Knowledge Secrets Solitude

82. “From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”

Tags : Books Literature Lonliness Reading Solitude
Author : Betty Smith
Source : A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

83. “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."[The Minotaur]”

Tags : Introspection Retreat Solitude
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

84. “Who hears music, feels his solitudePeopled at once.”

Tags : Music Power Of Music Solitude
Source : The complete poetical works of Browning

85. “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.”

Tags : Loneliness Solitude Spirit
Author : Hermann Hesse

86. “Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone.”

Tags : Solitude
Source : Orlando

87. “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.”

Tags : Freedom Solitude
Source : Essays and Aphorisms

88. “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.”

Tags : 208 Solitude
Source : Never Let Me Go

89. “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

Tags : Growing Older Solitude

90. “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.”

Tags : Solitude
Source : Factotum

91. “And you should not let yourself be confused in your solitude by the fact that there is something in you that wants to move out of it.”

Tags : Aloneness Solitude
Source : Letters to a Young Poet

92. “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. 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.”

Tags : Aloneness Community Escape Fear Loneliness Love Relationship Solitude
Author : bell hooks
Source : All About Love: New Visions

93. “it is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.”

Tags : Aloneness Hardship Perseverance Solitude
Source : Letters to a Young Poet

94. “God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly”

Tags : Adam And Eve Aloneness God Man Solitude
Author : Paul Valéry

95. “Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.”

Tags : Aloneness Loneliness Solitude
Author : Marty Rubin

96. “Aloneness is a gift. A beautiful gift to the human soul. True and consistent satisfaction comes from the bond you form with yourself. Nobody else is a constant”

Tags : Aloneness Mohadesa Najumi Solitude Spirituality

97. “Poems can getsleepless tooand becomethe loneliest thingin the universe.”

Tags : Alone Aloneness Emptiness Indian Authors Loneliness Lonely Poems Poetry Poetry Quotes Sleep Sleepless Solitude Understanding Universe Writers
Author : Sanober Khan

98. “Alone you're refinding a glittering, a clarity, you're finding your distilled self. ...You think of the two types of aloneness you've known recently: this wonderful, sparkly, soul-refreshing type, and the despairing loneliness that sucks the breath from your life.”

Tags : Aloneness Loneliness Solitude
Author : Nikki Gemmell
Source : The Bride Stripped Bare

99. “I have always been a loner. Even as a child, when my family and friends were off attending parties I would be sequestered in my room, sketchpad in hand, stereo by my side, listening to seductive R&B. Solitude was something I took for granted. Coming from a large family I needed solitude in order to think straight and paint my way out of confusion. My parents were accepting of the fact that I kept to myself and they respected my decision even though it went against my Somali upbringing, a culture rooted in boisterousness and joie de vivre.”

Tags : Aloneness Solitude Somali
Author : Diriye Osman

100. “I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enoughto make every moment holy.I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enoughjust to lie before you like a thing,shrewd and secretive.I want my own will, and I want simply to be with my will,as it goes toward action;and in those quiet, sometimes hardly moving times,when something is coming near,I want to be with those who know secret thingsor else alone.I want to be a mirror for your whole body,and I never want to be blind, or to be too oldto hold up your heavy and swaying picture.I want to unfold.I don’t want to stay folded anywhere,because where I am folded, there I am a lie.and I want my grasp of things to betrue before you. I want to describe myselflike a painting that I looked atclosely for a long time,like a saying that I finally understood,like the pitcher I use every day,like the face of my mother,like a shipthat carried methrough the wildest storm of all.”

Tags : Growth Poetry Solitude
Source : Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

101. “It's quiet for a while, and then Rowan says; "We could talk now. We're alone out here. No walls.""There are always walls." I say.”

Tags : Alone Lauren Destefano Sadness Sever Solitude The Chemical Garden Trilogy Walls Wither World
Source : Sever

102. “Can I be blamed for wanting a real body, to put my arms around? Without it I too am disembodied. I can listen to my own heartbeat against the bedsprings...but there’s something dead about it, something deserted.”

Tags : Alive Arms Body Dead Desire Fantasy Lack Love Need Sex Solitude
Source : The Handmaid's Tale

103. “I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man.”

Tags : Solitude Writing
Author : Franz Kafka

104. “An isolated person requires correspondence as a means of seeing his ideas as others see them, and thus guarding against the dogmatisms and extravagances of solitary and uncorrected speculation. No man can learn to reason and appraise from a mere perusal of the writing of others. If he live not in the world, where he can observe the public at first hand and be directed toward solid reality by the force of conversation and spoken debate, then he must sharpen his discrimination and regulate his perceptive balance by an equivalent exchange of ideas in epistolary form.”

Tags : Belief Correspondence Letters Society Solitude

105. “Solitude helps the soul remember that life andwork have two completely different meanings. It remindsus that we were created for greatness in relationship withothers, not task lists and spreadsheets.”

Tags : Communication Leadership Characteristics Leadership Traits Leadership Vs Management Pivot Leadership Relationships Silence Solitude

106. “I love the dark hours of my being.My mind deepens into them.There I can find, as in old letters,the days of my life, already lived,and held like a legend, and understood.”

Tags : Reflection Solitude Understanding
Source : Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

107. “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”

Tags : Freedom Loneliness Peace Reflection Solitude Tranquility
Author : Dean Koontz
Source : The Good Guy

108. “When I was a child, I thought,Casually, that solitudeNever needed to be sought.Something everybody had,Like nakedness, it lay at hand,Not specially right or specially wrong,A plentiful and obvious thingNot at all hard to understand.Then, after twenty, it becameAt once more difficult to getAnd more desired -- though all the sameMore undesirable; for whatYou are alone has, to achieveThe rank of fact, to be expressedIn terms of others, or it's justA compensating make-believe.Much better stay in company!To love you must have someone else,Giving requires a legatee,Good neighbours need whole parishfulsOf folk to do it on -- in short,Our virtues are all social; if,Deprived of solitude, you chafe,It's clear you're not the virtuous sort.Viciously, then, I lock my door.The gas-fire breathes. The wind outsideUshers in evening rain. Once moreUncontradicting solitudeSupports me on its giant palm;And like a sea-anemoneOr simple snail, there cautiouslyUnfolds, emerges, what I am."(Best Company)”

Tags : Company Solitude Virtues
Author : Philip Larkin
Source : Collected Poems

109. “He could have been invisible and it wouldn’t have made a difference to them. He didn’t care, so long as he felt at ease, which was his original intention. He wasn’t there to make friends, nor did he want to.”

Tags : A Ghost In New Orleans Alone Friends Friendship He Did Not Care He Didn T Care Ignored Intention Intentions Invisible Isolated Isolation Jason Medina Loneliness Lonely Making Friends Solitude Tribal Publications Tribal Publications Inc Uncaring
Author : Jason Medina
Source : A Ghost In New Orleans

110. “She has always said that talking makes everyone feel better. He says talking is the equivalent of grooming. The tongue and fingers are governed by the same parts of the brain. He marvels at how close they can be some nights on the phone and how words really are the equal of touch. Bakelite pressed hard against his ear.She says it's not just the freedom from him and from their daughter. I feel some sort of opening. I saw things so clearly today.He thinks about the solitary figure in every religion, the monks, saints and shamans in every tradition who walk out into wilderness on their own and find revelation.It's what solitude does to a social animal he says.People talk of recognizing something greater than themselves when they're alone because we finally have to realize how helpless we are as individuals. There's a freedom, a sense of wonder in feeling for a moment that we don't have to please anyone or adjust to the needs of others. And there's a fear in realizing how small we are, how much those distant others normally insulate us from seeing the limits of our mostly incompetent bodies. When we're on our own we seek solutions and speculate and fictionalize because that's what we do when we're confronted with survival. That's revelation.Maybe she says, I'm just saying I'd like to eat less meat. We could have fish.”

Tags : Revelation Sense Of Wonder Solitude
Author : Colin McAdam
Source : A Beautiful Truth

111. “Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.”

Tags : Alone Companionship Extroversion Fear Introversion Loneliness Shyness Solitude
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

112. “Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.”

Tags : Heart Solitude Sorrow
Author : Kahlil Gibran
Source : The Broken Wings

113. “I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said 'I want to be let alone!' There is all the difference.”

Tags : Dignity Freedom Privacy Respect Solitude
Author : Greta Garbo
Source : Garbo

114. “There are very few professions in which people just sit down and think hard for five or six hours a day all by themselves. Of course it's why you want to become a writer — because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.”

Tags : Liberty Obligation Solitude Writer Writing
Author : Tobias Wolff

115. “Once a person has become detached from his possessions, his customary duties, his moments of solitude, where is he? What is he?”

Tags : Detached Duties Possessions Solitude
Source : Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith

116. “I like it where it gets dark at night, and if you want noise, you have to make it yourself.”

Tags : Noise Quiet Solitude
Author : H. Beam Piper
Source : Fuzzies and Other People

117. “Divide the constant tide and random noisiness of energetic flow, with conscious recurring moments of empty mind, solitude, gratitude and deep...slow...breathing. Of this, the natural law of self-preservation demands.”

Tags : Breath Breathing Conscious Deep Divide Division Energy Gratitude Law Mind Natural Noise Preservation Quotes Self Solitude Tides
Author : T.F. Hodge
Source : From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

118. “In solitude every fear, every longing, becomes exaggerated.”

Tags : Exaggeration Fear Longing Solitude
Author : Marty Rubin

119. “It is so easy at times for a lonely individual to begin fantasizing about what the people outside are saying about him and, in result, irrationally and fearfully, and sometimes angrily, fancy himself a villain.”

Tags : Anger Appreciation Communication Enemy Excommunication Extrovert Fame Famous Fancy Fantasy Fights Haters Insanity Insecurity Introvert Irrational Loneliness Loner Misunderstood Opinions Of Others Paranoia Psychology Revenge Victim
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

120. “My Solitude is my Treasure, the best thing I have. I hesitate to go out. If you opened the little gate, I would not hop away—but oh how I sing in my gold cage.”

Tags : Introversion Peace Solitude
Author : A.S. Byatt
Source : Possession

121. “We do not require company. In varying degrees, it bores us, drains us, makes our eyes glaze over. Overcomes us like a steamroller. Of course, the rest of the world doesn't understand.”

Tags : Introversion Loners Solitude
Author : Anneli Rufus
Source : Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto

122. “I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door."( A Boy in France : Saturday Evening Post CCXVII, March 31, 1945)”

Tags : Books Introvert Solitude
Author : J.D. Salinger

123. “How is it that some celebrities, whom the average person would believe to have all the popularity a human being could want, still admit to feeling lonely? It is quite naive to assume that popularity is the remedy for loneliness. Loneliness does not necessarily equal physical solitude, it is the inability to be oneself and rightfully represented as oneself.”

Tags : Attention Being Yourself Celebrities Emotional Facade Fame Fortune Human Inability Introvert Libel Loneliness Lonely Misconception Misrepresentation Misrepresented Misunderstood Naive Physical Popularity Psychological Remedy Slander Solitude
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

124. “The solitary and thoughtful stroller finds a singular intoxication in this universal communion. The man who loves to lose himself in a crowd enjoys feverish delights that the egoist locked up in himself as in a box, and the slothful man like a mollusk in his shell, will be eternally deprived of. He adopts as his own all the occupations, all the joys and all the sorrows that chance offers.”

Tags : Introvert Solitude

125. “Let's just enjoy it for ourselves. Dawn is such a private hour, don't you think? Such a solitary hour. One always hears that said of midnight, but I think of midnight as remarkably companionable—everyone together, sleeping in the dark.''I am afraid I am interrupting your solitude,' Anna said.'No, no,' the boy said. 'Oh, no. Solitude is best enjoyed in company.' He grinned at her, quickly, and Anna smiled back. 'Especially the company of one other soul,' he added, turning back to the sea. 'It's dreadful to feel alone and really be alone. But I love to enjoy the feeling when I'm not.”

Tags : Alone Alone Together Dawn Eleanor Catton Midnight Private Solitude The Luminaries
Source : The Luminaries

126. “I am not poor, I am not rich; nihil est, nihil deest, I have little, I want nothing: all my treasure is in Minerva’s tower...I live still a collegiate student...and lead a monastic life, ipse mihi theatrum [sufficient entertainment to myself], sequestered from those tumults and troubles of the world...aulae vanitatem, fori ambitionem, ridere mecum soleo [I laugh to myself at the vanities of the court, the intrigues of public life], I laugh at all.”

Tags : Alone Hermit People Public Quiet Solitary Solitude
Author : Robert Burton
Source : The Anatomy of Melancholy

127. “Life, time and nature are the three greatest gifts to mankind.”

Tags : Gods Blessings Gratefulness Inspirational Lailah Gifty Akita Affirmations Lessons Learned Life Mankind Motivational Nature Philosophy Solitude Thankful Time Wise Words
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

128. “Since the age of five I had been one of those people who was an indefatigable reader, more inclined to go off by myself with a book than do any of the dozens of things that children usually do to amuse themselves. I never aged out of it.”

Tags : Amusement Children Entertainment Readers Reading Solitude
Author : Anna Quindlen
Source : Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

129. “Prepare for a radio, for nothing is silent like the grave”

Tags : Cemetery Emptyness Grave Graveyard Graveyards Hard Truth Hard Truths Humor Humorous Quotes Loneliness Loneliness Quotes Lonely Quotes Radio Solitude Solitude Quotes Tomb
Source : The Great Pearl of Wisdom

130. “Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that’s what I’ve had to make the best of.”

Tags : Silence Solitude Speech
Source : The Unnamable

131. “Solitude sometimes is best society.”

Tags : Companionship Privacy Solitude
Author : John Milton
Source : Paradise Lost

132. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”

Tags : Christianity Friendship Privacy Solitude
Author : C.S. Lewis
Source : The Weight of Glory

133. “To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.”

Tags : Encroachment Privacy Solitude
Source : Homage To Qwert Yuiop: Essays

134. “Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”

Tags : Depression Meaning Privacy Sadness Solitude
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Notebooks 1951-1959

135. “I want someone to sit beside after the day's pursuit and all its anguish, after its listening, and its waitings, and its suspicions. After quarrelling and reconciliation I need privacy - to be alone with you, to set this hubbub in order. For I am as neat as a cat in my habits.”

Tags : Chaos And Order Companionship Friendship Peace Privacy Quietness Solitude
Source : The Waves

136. “In the case of the solitary, his seclusion, even when it is absolute and ends only with life itself, has often as its primary cause a disordered love of the crowd, which so far overruled every other feeling that, not being able to win, when he goes out, the admiration of his hall-porter, of the passers-by, of the cabman whom he hails, he prefers not to be seen by them at all, and with that object abandons every activity that would oblige him to go out of doors.”

Tags : Lost Time Proust Solitude
Author : Marcel Proust
Source : Within A Budding Grove, Part 1

137. “Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you. They’re either lonely or they’re missing somebody. They are in love with someone they probably shouldn’t be in love with. They have secrets you wouldn’t believe. They wish and they dream and they hope, and they look out the window whenever they’re in the car or on a bus or a train and they watch people on the streets and wonder what they’ve been through. They wonder if there are people out there like them. They’re like you, and you could tell them everything and they would understand.”

Tags : Dreams Fears Helping Others Hope Hurt Inspirational Journey Of Life Loneliness Love Quotes Missing Someone Motivational Pain Secrets Smiles Solitude Understanding Others

138. “I shivered in thosesolitudeswhen I heardthe voiceofthe saltin the desert.”

Tags : Desert Poetry Salt Solitude
Author : Pablo Neruda

139. “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.”

Tags : Solitude Wine
Author : Colette
Source : Oeuvres complètes en seize volumes

140. “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.”

Tags : Creativity Quiet Solitude
Author : Rollo May

141. “She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening. She has the mysterious solitude of ambiguous states; she hovers in a no-man’s land between life and death, sleeping and waking.”

Tags : Angela Carter Death Haunted Life And Living Sleeping Solitude Waking
Author : Angela Carter
Source : The Lady of the House of Love

142. “Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.”

Tags : Books Literature Reading Solitude Words
Author : Harold Bloom

143. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

Tags : Beauty Lonliness Solitude

144. “From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.”

Tags : Books Literature Lonliness Reading Solitude Words
Author : Betty Smith
Source : A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

145. “The Abandoned ValleyCan you understand being alone so longyou would go out in the middle of the nightand put a bucket into the wellso you could feel something down theretug at the other end of the rope?”

Tags : Lonliness Poetry Solitude
Author : Jack Gilbert
Source : Refusing Heaven

146. “Loneliness clarifies. Here silence standsLike heat. Here leaves unnoticed thicken, Hidden weeds flower, neglected waters quicken, Luminously-peopled air ascends; And past the poppies bluish neutral distance Ends the land suddenly beyond a beach Of shapes and shingle. Here is unfenced existence: Facing the sun, untalkative, out of reach.”

Tags : Isolation Lonliness Poetry Seclusion Silence Solitude
Author : Philip Larkin
Source : The Whitsun Weddings

147. “Machineries of reason, machineries of conduct, machineries of virtue. The machine that regulates instinct, keeps one’s hands free of another man’s throat, free of one’s own. These machines have all, as someone said, gone too long in the elements. Gummed now, rusted, bloodless.I forget who said it and I no longer care.”

Tags : Morality Post Apocalyptic Societal Breakdown Solitude
Author : Ben Marcus
Source : The Flame Alphabet

148. “As regards intellectual work it remains a fact, indeed, that great decisions in the realm of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual, working in solitude.”

Tags : Alone Analysis Discoveries Greatness Intellect Intellectual Thought Profundity Solitude Solutions Work
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego

149. “I've always believed that the only defeats and victories that matter in life are those you lose or win alone, against yourself.”

Tags : Alone Defeat Solitude Victory
Source : For Two Thousand Years

150. “Way far back in the beginning of the world was the whirlwind warning that we could all be blown away like chips and cry- Men with tired eyes realize it now, and wait to deform and decay- with maybe they have the power of love yet in their hearts just the same, I just don't know what that word means anymore- All I want is an ice cream cone”

Tags : Boredom Death Ennui Solitude
Author : Jack Kerouac

151. “I tend to avoid people who always have something to say … and those who expect me to always have something to say.”

Tags : Avoid Expect Expectations Listen Listening Meditation Recluse Silence Solitude Speak Speaking Talk Talking Tendency

152. “We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.”

Tags : Hardship Life Solitude Work

153. “The problem with making a virtual world of oneself is akin to the problem with projecting ourselves onto a cyberworld: there’s no end of virtual spaces in which to seek stimulation, but their very endlessness, the perpetual stimulation without satisfaction, becomes imprisoning.”

Tags : Anxiety Boredom Cyber Cyberworld David Foster Wallace Distractions Emptiness Empty Endlessness Facebook Addiction Facebook Quotes Filler First World Problems Jonathan Franzen Loneliness Lonely Problems Robinson Crusoe Satisfaction Solitary Stimulation Void
Source : Farther Away

154. “If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”

Tags : Comfort Loneliness Solitude Strength

155. “But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.”

Tags : Comfort Enquiry Silence Solitude
Author : Thomas Merton

156. “Michael wasn't on the pool deck, which was hard for me. None of my old Coral Springs teammates were around. Still, that old plane of cement felt like home. I folded my clothes and put them on the bench. I placed my water bottle under my starting block, and I dove in. Once again, I felt that ultimate state of transition, my feet no longer on the ground, my hands not yet in the water.”

Tags : Focus Home Peace Solitude Swimming
Author : Dara Torres
Source : Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

157. “Solitude is the house of peace.”

Tags : Home Peace Quiet Quotes Seclusion Serenity Solitude
Author : T.F. Hodge
Source : From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

158. “Consider A MoveThe steady time of being unknown,in solitude, without friends,is not a steadiness that sustains.I hear your voice waver on the phone:Haven't talked to anyone for days.I drive around. I sit in parking lots.The voice zeroes through my ear, and waits.What should I say? There are waysto meet people you will want to love?I know of none. You come out strongerhaving gone through this? I no longerbelieve that, if I once did. Consider a move,a change, a job, a new place to live,someplace you'd like to be. That's not it,you say. Now time turns back. We almost touch.Then what is? I ask. What is?”

Tags : Loneliness Moving Solitude
Author : Michael Ryan
Source : New and Selected Poems

159. “When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.”

Tags : Solitude Superficiality
Source : Voices

160. “Of all individuals, the hated, the shunned, and the peculiar are arguably most themselves. They wear no masks whatsoever in order to be accepted and liked; they do seem most guarded, but only by their own hands: as compared to the populace, they are naked.”

Tags : Acceptance Alien Be Yourself Fake Front Hated Hermits Honesty Individuals Isolation Loneliness Loner Mask Outcast Peculiar Psychology Real Shunned Shy Society Vulnerable Weird
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

161. “I am solitary as grass. What is it I miss?Shall I ever find it, whatever it is?”

Tags : Outsider Poetry Solitude
Author : Sylvia Plath

162. “The endless ocean was his sole companion , and on some deeply sentimental level, it seemed sufficient. Almost apt. He aligned himself with Thoreau and Tolstoy, he felt like their peers. The kinship with nature devoted humans to a mythical state, a heightened persona beyond the reach of mere mortals. At least that was what he told himself on the lonely nights when insomnia played on his fears and the howling wind pierced through his soul.”

Tags : Being Alone Insomnia Isolation Loneliness Lonely Nights Man And Nature Mortality Nature Ocean Sea Sentimentality Shunning Society Solitude Thoreau Tolstoy Wind
Source : Consequence

163. “Exile from society allows person to disengage from meaningless activities and develop conscious awareness. A person’s courageous struggle to eliminate the trepidation of social exile produces insights into what it means to be human. We can displace emotional disquiet by living a heightened state of existence. How a person’s resolves the tremendous anxiety and dizziness that impetus comes from contemplating the inevitability of death, human freedom of choice, the moral responsibilities attendant to living in a selected manner, existential isolation, and the possibility of nothingness establishes a governing philosophical framework. A person must not rue ouster from society because release from moral and societal constraints spurs learning and advanced consciousness.”

Tags : Awakened Mind Awakened Soul Awakening Awakening The Consciousness Awareness Exile Social Exclusion Solitude Solitude As A Choice Solitude Quotes
Source : Dead Toad Scrolls

164. “I have spent many an hour, when I was younger, floating over its surface as the zephyr willed, having paddled my boat to the middle, and lying on my back across the seats, in a summer forenoon, dreaming awake, until I was aroused by the boat touching the sand, and I arose to see what shore my fates had impelled me to; days when idleness was the most attractive and productive industry. Many a forenoon have I stolen away, preferring to spend thus the most valued part of the day; for I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly; nor do I regret that I did not waste more of them in the workshop or the teacher's desk.”

Tags : Idleness Nature Nature S Beauty Simple Life Simple Living Solitude

165. “I have spent many an hour, when I was younger, floating over its surface as the zephyr willed, having paddled my boat to the middle, and lying on my back across the seats, in a summer forenoon, dreaming awake, until I was aroused by the boat touching the sand, and I arose to see what shore my fates had impelled me to; days when idleness was the most attractive and productive industry. Many a forenoon have I stolen away, preferring to spend thus the most valued part of the day; for I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly”

Tags : Idleness Nature Nature S Beauty Simple Life Simple Living Solitude
Source : Walden

166. “He found his voice in the silences, where he could sing as loud and as long as he wanted with no one to complain of it.”

Tags : Humility Maturation Self Confidence Self Criticism Solitude Talent
Source : The Secret Chord

167. “Everyone is just alone, but the only thing is that most people have not known.”

Tags : Alone Feeling Inspirational Inspiring Knowing Leadership Lone Motivational Solitude Thinking Understanding Wisdom
Author : Anuj Somany

168. “She had headed towards town aimlessly, looking for the kind of escape that could be found only in a solitary walk through a crowd.”

Tags : Escape Solitary Solitude Walk Walking
Author : Jade Chang
Source : The Wangs vs. the World

169. “I’d like to have enough time and quietTo think about absolutely nothing,To not ever feel myself living,To only know myself in others’ eyes, reflected.”

Tags : Clarity Existence Feeling Life Longing Meaning Others Perspective Paganism Pantheism Reality Reflection Solitude
Source : The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro

170. “There is no greater companion like books.”

Tags : Books Companions Reading Solitude

171. “His cigarettes helped mark the passage of time, especially on days that seemed all sun and sky...The dependable dwindling of his cigarette supply reassured him that he hadn't been left out here, that eventually he would have to ride into town and things would still be there, that the world hadn't stopped whirling.”

Tags : Depression Kill Me Now Loneliness Separation Solitude
Source : Battleborn

172. “A lonely day is God's way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.”

Tags : Bad Days Beautiful Divine Intervention God Loneliness Quality Time Refresh Restoration Signs Solitude
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

173. “On the way home my father said tiredly he hoped some day I'd realize it was necessary to live with people. I didn't understand him. He said a lot of other things that made me feel sorry for him, because he just couldn't stand up to a situation.”

Tags : Asocial Father Hope Hoped Integrity Live Necessary People Realize Solitude Sorry Stand Up Stand Up For Yourself Tiredly Understand
Source : The Name of the Game Is Death

174. “The question haunted me, and the real answer came, as answers often do, not in the canyon but at an unlikely time and in an unexpected place, flying over the canyon at thirty thousand feet on my way to be a grandmother. My mind on other things, intending only to glance out, the exquisite smallness and delicacy of the river took me completely by surprise. In the hazy light of early morning, the canyon lay shrouded, the river flecked with glints of silver, reduced to a thin line of memory, blurred by a sudden realization that clouded my vision. The astonishing sense of connection with that river and canyon caught me completely unaware, and in a breath I understood the intense, protective loyalty so many people feel for the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. It has to do with truth and beauty and love of this earth, the artifacts of a lifetime and the descant of a canyon wren at dawn.”

Tags : Arizona Beauty Canyon Colorado River Earth Earthiest Environmental Protection Grand Canyon Love Of Earth Nature Nature Writing Preservation Of The Wild Solitude Wilderness
Author : Ann Zwinger
Source : Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

175. “Nothing has the power to remind you how alone you are like walking through a conglomeration of empty skyscrapers.”

Tags : Apocalypse Loneliness Solitude
Author : Matthew Tysz
Source : The Last City of America

176. “How would you know if you were the last man on Earth? He said.I don't guess you would know it. You'd just be it.”

Tags : Apocalypse Death Life Solitude
Source : The Road

177. “The world is too much with us; late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;Little we see in Nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,The winds that will be howling at all hours,And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,For this, for everything, we are out of tune;It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather beA Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.”

Tags : Exhaustion Loss Nature Solitude
Source : The Major Works

178. “You ought to pause and enjoy the peace in the moment.”

Tags : Calling People Christian Life Christmas Enjoy Happiness Inspirational Joy Life Moment Motivation New Year Peace Relax Rest Sabbath Sharing Life Solitude Spirituality
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

179. “Thank God for the solitude of the Sabbath.”

Tags : Christian Life Faith God Hope Motivation Rest Sabbath Self Help Solitude Thank You Wisdom Of Lailah Gifty Akita
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

180. “Wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.”

Tags : Gabriel García Hundred Márquez Of One Solitude Years
Source : One Hundred Years of Solitude

181. “It is so easy to differentiate between a lion and a wolf under a lion's clothing, as the former is often spotted alone whereas the latter remains seen often in a crowd.”

Tags : Charlatan Cheat Crook Crowd Lover Cunning Dressing Face Off Foolish Hanging Out Hidden Agenda Hypocrite Inspiring Words Knowing Leader Leadership Characteristic Materialism Ostentatious People Nature Personality Quack Sage Saying Self Seeker Selfish Shrewd Simplicity Solitude True Mentor
Author : Anuj Somany

182. “It's not your enemies who condemn you to solitude, it's your friends”

Tags : Communism Desperation Lonliness Politics Solitude Tedium
Author : Milan Kundera

183. “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.”

Tags : Isolation Reality Solitude
Author : Jodi Picoult
Source : My Sister's Keeper

184. “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.”

Tags : Isolation Solitude
Source : Too Loud a Solitude

185. “Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.”

Tags : Isolation Jesus Christ Pastor Pastoral Pastoral Ministry Refuge Solitude
Source : Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

186. “. . . clumsiness is often mated with a love of solitude.”

Tags : Characters Isolation Loneliness Personality Solitude
Source : Orlando

187. “Quietude is the hermit’s humble tool. An intrepid person might attempt to wring out of him or herself a translucent state of creative consciousness by deliberately cutting oneself off from all outside stimuli. When the exterior world forms a wall of impenetrable silence, in our state of exile we can hear the unique cadence of the subtle mind’s authentic ringtone.”

Tags : Aloneness Meditation Meditations Quotes Solitude Solitude As A Choice Solitude Quotes
Source : Dead Toad Scrolls

188. “She preferred the quiet solitary atmosphere, to create in her own world of paint and colour, the thrill of anticipating how her works would turn out as she eyed the blank sheets of paper or canvas before starting her next masterpiece. How satisfying it was to mess around in paint gear, without having to worry about spills, starch or frills, that was the life!”

Tags : Art Artist Artistic Artists Artists Life Arts Arts And Humanities Creative People Creative Process Creative Work Creativity Imagination Inspiration Painters Painting Solitude Thrilling Life
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

189. “Hirota feels strongly drawn toward nature and the natural, is hyper-sensitive to the artificial—particularly that most cramped and constraining man-made creation, society—and does his best to avoid it.”

Tags : Academia Artificial Cosmopolitan Culture Japan Meiji Modern Natural Sanshiro Society Solitude
Source : Sanshirō

190. “[Patricia Highsmith] went on to recommend that aspiring writers keep a notebook in which to jot down thoughts or ideas, that they should trust in the power of the unconscious and that they shouldn't force inspiration. In addition, it was important to avoid those who negated the creative process, sometimes people per se. 'The plane of social intercourse,' she said, 'is not the plane of creation, not the plane on which creative ideas fly [...] This is a curious thing, because sometimes the very people we are attracted to or in love with act as effectively as rubber insulators to the spark of inspiration.”

Tags : Aspiring Writers Attraction Avoid Creation Creative Process Force Ideas Inspiration Love Notebook People Power Social Intercourse Solitude Spark Thoughts Trust Unconscious Write Writing
Author : Andrew Wilson
Source : Patricia Highsmith, Ζωή στο σκοτάδι

191. “...freedom is of more account than the height of a roof beam. I ought to know; mine cost me eighteen years' slavery. The man who lives on his own land is an independent man. He is his own master. If I can keep my sheep alive through winter and can pay what has been stipulated from year to year - then I pay what has been stipulated; and I have kept my sheep alive. No, it is freedom that we are all after, Titla. He who pays his way is a king. He who keeps his sheep alive through the winter lives in a palace.”

Tags : Debt Freedom Independence Sheep Solitude

192. “But when she finally got the wings to fly she realized she had nowhere else to go to...”

Tags : Alone Bereft Bird Escape Fly Grief Her Home Leave Left Loneliness Lonely Melancholy Places Of The World Sad She Solitude Suicide Survive Wings

193. “Mental illness is a bigger problem than obesity and cardiovascular diseases in the modern western world but still we pay no homage to the philosophy of watching what we watch. We only worry about what we put in the body in the form of food and care very little, if at all, with what we consume in our minds.”

Tags : Happiness Media Mental Illness Mindfulness Modern World Philosophy Society Solitude
Author : Evan Sutter
Source : Solitude: How Doing Nothing Can Change the World

194. “Solitude is the path to visit yourself, it is the path to yourself!”

Tags : Ildan Words Of Wisdom Murat Ildan Quotes Path Paths Solitude Solitude Quotations Solitude Quotes Turkish Writers Quotes Visit

195. “Sometimes in life, we may have to experience solitude, the baseless accusations of people, the betrayal and misunderstanding of trusted and loyal ones, the great judgments and suggestions of ‘they that know better’, and a moment of a state of double mindedness. But those are also for good, for they are the very things that shape and prepare our mind, body and spirit to face the world and to accomplish our mission with great zeal, tenacity and distinctiveness.”

Tags : Accomplish Great Things Accusations Disloyalty Double Minded Facing Difficulties Misunderstandings Solitude Things That Matter In Life Things That Shape Us Trust Trustworthiness Zeal

196. “Seek isolation as much as possible from time to time for it gives fuel for own mind ignition to do the right introspection and, importantly, do the correct identification of others character and intention.”

Tags : Action Admiration Adulation Attitude Back Bitters Caring Crafty Fake Notable People People Nature Practicality Practice Sensible Sharing Shrewd Solitude As A Choice Wisdom Wise Sayings Witty
Author : Anuj Somany

197. “..i spill intothe kind of silenceonly Khalil Gibran would understand.”

Tags : Beauty Khalil Gibran Language Poetry Poetry Quotes Poets Quiet Silence Solace Solitude Spill Understanding
Author : Sanober Khan
Source : Turquoise Silence

198. “All geniuses are peculiarly inclined to solitude, to which they are driven as much by their difference from others as the inner wealth with which they are quipped, since among humans, among diamonds, only the uncommonly great are suited as solitaires: the ordinary ones must be set in clusters to produce any effect.”

Tags : Geniuses Solitude
Source : On The Will In Nature

199. “Betrayed and wronged in everything,I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king,And seek some spot unpeopled and apartWhere I’ll be free to have an honest heart.”

Tags : Disappointment Misanthropy Solitude
Author : Molière
Source : The Misanthrope

200. “I have always hated crowds. I like deserts, prisons, and monasteries. I have discovered, too, that there are fewer idiots at 3000 meters above sea level than down below.”

Tags : Misanthropy Solitude
Author : Jean Giono
Source : An Italian Journey