Selected Quotes about Solitude

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. -- Aristotle

We are rarely proud when we are alone. -- Voltaire (Fran├žois-Marie Arouet)

One can acquire everything in solitude except character. -- Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Man was formed for society and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it. -- William Blackstone

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

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

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

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 Buck

To fly from, need not be to hate, makind: All are not fit with them to stir and toil, Nor is it discontent to keep the mind Deep in its fountain. -- George Gordon Byron

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

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. -- Sir Winston Churchill

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

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet. -- Charles Caleb Colton

Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more. -- William Cowper

It was solitary, because they believed that He is nearer to us in solitude, and there were no priests authorized to come between a man and his Maker. -- Charles Eastman

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; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts. -- John Fletcher

He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything. -- Baltasar Gracian

Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting. -- Eric Hoffer

After all this kind of fanfare, and even more, I came to a point where I needed solitude and to just stop the machine of 'thinking' and 'enjoying' what they call 'living,' I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds... -- Jack Kerouac

One's need for loneliness is not satisfied if one sits at a table alone. There must be empty chairs as well. -- Karl Kraus

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

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

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man. -- Thomas Mann

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

A man should keep for himself a little back shop, all his own, quite unadulterated, in which he establishes his true freedom and chief place of seclusion and solitude. -- Michel de Montaigne

Solitude is the playfield of Satan. -- Vladimir Nabokov

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone. -- Octavio Paz

There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire. -- Jules Renard

Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves, and where they dream. -- Roger Rosenblatt

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. -- Joseph Roux

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

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

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

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

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

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till the other is ready, and it may be along time before they get off. -- Henry David Thoreau

Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude. -- Miguel de Unamuno

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

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

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

Oh, for the simple life,/For tents and starry skies! -- Israel Zangwill

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