Solitude Quotes by Eugene Ionesco, James Anthony Froude, Caroline Knapp, James Salter, Gertrude Stein, Rainer Maria Rilke and many others.
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.
But the touch or company of any man whatsoever
stirreth up their heat
, which in their solitude was hushed and quiet, and lay as cinders raked up in ashes
Imagination flourishes best in solitude.
Imagination, the traitor
of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain
Solitude may rust your words.
of solitude is silence, as speech
is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence
and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist
without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.
The soul that sees beauty
may sometimes walk alone.
Get away from the crowd
when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few
Nobody with me at sea but myself.
allows for solitude, yet it begets
its own kind of isolation: from one’s past
, from one’s youth
, from the women
we once thought we were and would become
Fly-fishing is a magic way to recapture
of solitude without the pangs of loneliness.
Loneliness can be conquered
only by those who can bear solitude.
Solitude is strength; to depend
on the presence of the crowd is weakness
. The man who needs
to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.
No one can endure his own solitude.
I will be free,
no lover’s kiss
me to earth,
no bliss of love
We come into the world alone. We go away
the same. We’re meant to spend
the interlude between in closeness
or so we tell ourselves. But it’s a long way
from the morning to the evening.
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.
Wise people are never less
alone than when they are alone.
There are places and moments
in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire.
My own study
of the networked life has left me thinking
– about being with people in person, hearing their voices and seeing
, trying to know their hearts
. And it has left me thinking about solitude – the kind that refreshes and restores. Loneliness is failed
We are given over
to absolute solitude. No one can speak with us and no one can speak for us; we must take it upon ourselves, each of us must take it upon himself.
The artist knows
he must be alone to create
; the writer
, to work out
his thoughts; the musician
, to compose
; the saint, to pray. But women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.
It may be laid
down as a position
deceives, that when a man cannot bear his own company, there is something wrong
Then stirs the feeling infinite
, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone.
The secret of solitude is that there is no solitude.
In the world of the dreamer
there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment
for living. They took place in solitude.
The good and the wise lead
All men come into this world
alone and leave it alone.
She who dwells with me whom
I have loved with such communion
, that no place on earth can ever be solitude to me.
Solitude is unquenched ego
In solitude, you accumulate energy
to spend in crowds
; and in crowds, you accumulate energy to spend in solitude!
Here I am, a wild beast cut
off from his companions.
I am now quite cured
pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible
man ought to find sufficient company in himself.
loneliness has its roots
in words,in internal
conversation that nodbody answers
,solitude has it’s roots in the great silence of eternity.
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
I myself am best
When least in company.
To think to be wise alone is a very great folly
thing is after all but this; solitude, great inner solitude. Going into oneself
for hours meeting
no one – this one must be able to attain
In all the splendor
of solitude… it is a test
of myself, and one thing I loathe
is to have to test myself in front
of other people.
Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating
in a sea of possible companions.
There is much to be said for solitude.
I feel most real when alone, even most alive when alone. Better to say that the liveliness of companionship and the liveliness of solitude differ, and the latter
is never as exhausting
as the former
is not to be learned by flight
from the world, or by running
away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate
things and find God there.
Solitude desolates me; company oppresses me.
There are reveries so deep, reveries which help
within ourselves that they rid us of our history
. They liberate
us from our name. These solitudes of today return
us to the original solitudes.
Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed
of your own choice
, aware of the fullness
of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement
Solitude is very restorative for me, especially because I spend so much time
around other people and performing
to me that anyone, anywhere
, can experience loneliness, isolation, solitude, and estrangement
; and most people probably do encounter these things at some point
in their lives.
For me, there’s nothing better than getting immersed in a sprawling, epic
, multi-generational family saga
, and ‘One Hundred Years
of Solitude’ by Gabriel
is the most sprawling, epic, and multi-generational of them all.
unto him that is never alone, and cannot bear to be alone.
Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel
you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows.
Immersed in solitude, he would dream
or read far into the night. By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp
, his vague
, undeveloped ideas took on form.
Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble
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.
I love my solitude, and I would love it still more if I had more of it.
I have a scholar’s love of silence and solitude. To sit and pass hour after hour in idle chatter
with a roomful of strangers
is to me the worst sort of torment
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage
But I think there’s something wonderful
about climbing on your own and just that kind of relationship to the environment
. I’m very addicted
to the mountains. You know, so, I do like that solitude.
I had to learn – since
now and everyone is like, ‘Oh my God, you’re single, what’s going on?’ – that if I don’t like to spend time
with myself, how can I ask someone else to enjoy spending
time with me? I’m getting to learn how to enjoy my solitude and have a good time
Any man who is really a man must learn to be alone in the midst of others, to think alone for others, and, if necessary, against others.
with men makes sharp the glittering wit, but God to man doth
speak in solitude.
What renders man an imaginative
being is that in society he gives
to his life which could not have existed
in solitude : the aims of friendship , religion , science , and art .
I have been in lots
of very intense
. I have been shot
at, and I have been hungry
, and I have been in solitude, and I have also briefly been behind bars
. So in a way, I know the heart of men.
I grow, the more I find myself alone.
yourself to solitude. One who is given to solitude knows things as they really are.
Most people have never known solitude…. But there are a few of the other kind who can go back to their rooms
anywhere and close the door
on the whole world, and feel that they need never emerge
Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged
with others, and talk to God.
See, the thing is, as a writer you are free. You are about the freest person that ever was. Your freedom is what you have bought
with your solitude, your loneliness.
Look at Austen
. In her novels
, you get a dance
by an encounter, followed by a letter
, then a period of solitude. No flashbacks and no backstory. Let’s have no more back story!
I love isolation. It’s very important for me to have time and space
to myself when I can sit and read or write as well as paint. It’s all part of the process
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.
What would a man do, if he were compelled
to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never bathe himself in cool
вЂњmustвЂќ for every writer: A simple solitude-physical & mental.
The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude.
The best would be to have friends who came and went away; but if I had to choose
between their never coming
or never going away
, I think I would choose that they do not come.
The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely
to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated
. Those who enjoyed
everything generally supposed
to confer happiness
have been forced to seek it in the shades
In the utmost
solitudes of nature, the existence
of hell seems
to me as legibly declared by a thousand
spiritual utterances as that of heaven.
Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment
. Solitude is aloneness you choose
and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.
The bitter pinecone may be eaten
, The mist on high
. The whole world takes to go-and-getting; My way alone is difficult.
It is sweet to mingle tears
with tears; Griefs, where they wound
in solitude, Wound more deeply.
This is to be along; this, this is solitude!
In solitude, be a multitude to thyself
. Tibullus by all means use sometimes to be alone.
To be left alone is the most precious
thing one can ask of the modern
I think solitude is a really positive
thing. I cherish
. In todayвЂ™s society, thereвЂ™s so much pressure
, eat out, be friends with people. Why canвЂ™t you read a book on your own? Why have you got to have a book club
Hermits have no peer
of knowledge may be planted
in solitude, but must be cultivated in public.
It’s enough for me to be sure
that you and I exist at this moment.
The mind is sharper
and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside
influences beating upon us to cripple
mind. Be alone-that is the secret of invention
: be alone, that is when ideas are born.
What’s agitating about solitude is the inner voice
telling you that you should be mated to somebody
, that solitude is a mistake
. The inner voice doesn’t care about who you find. It just keeps
pestering you, tormenting you.
I place solitude in a frame
on my desk and call it, the one I love.
When I was going into one of my first meditation retreats, I asked my father
, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, for some advice. He said, “How you act when you’re alone affects
the rest of your life
.” Even in solitude, the ruler
engages in virtue.
Nothing will change
the fact that I cannot produce
the least thing without absolute solitude.
No one can be happy in eternal
By my intimacy with nature I find myself withdrawn from man. My interest
in the sun and the moon
, in the morning and the evening, compels me to solitude.
I’m not collegial, I don’t hang
out. I’m soloist, I like my solitude, I don’t really hang around with comedians
for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse
to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal – every other affliction
: but this wound we consider
it a duty
to keep open
– this affliction we cherish and brood
over in solitude.
We walk alone in the world.
It is in lonely solitude that God delivers His best thoughts, and the mind needs to be still and quiet to receive
Solitude is nothing that one can choose or retrain from. We are solitary. We can delude
ourselves about this and act as if it were not true. That is all.
Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity
She would not exchange
her solitude for anything. Never again to be forced to move
to the rhythms
Books connect us with others, but that connection is created in solitude, one reader
in one chair
hearing one writer, what John Irving refers to as one genius speaking
I felt myself in a solitude so frightful that I contemplated suicide
. What held
me back was the idea
that no one, absolutely
no one, would be moved
by my death, that I would be even more alone in death than in life.
Community always calls us back to solitude, and solitude always calls us to community. Community and solitude, both, are essential elements
It takes isolation and solitude for me to write.
I can write best in the silence and solitude of the night, when everyone has retired.
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Crowded places, I shunned
them as noises too rude / And flew
to the silence of sweet solitude.
There’s something about the darkness that I find unavoidably intoxicating
. The knowledge that other people are sleeping
, unavailable to ruin
my solitude, makes me more peaceful than I am during the day.
If you can’t stand solitude, perhaps
others find you boring
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad
among men than when we stay
in our chambers
Solitude with God repairs the damage
done by the fret
and noise and clamour
of the world.
There are few places you can find silence. Air travel
could be the last fortress
I feel strongly
that the God we meet in solitude is always the God who calls us to community.
It is hard to conceive
that the old, whose
thoughts have been all thought out, should ever love to live alone. Solitude is surely
for the young
, who have time before them for the execution
, and who can, therefore, take delight in thinking
I really do work in solitude.
But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I’m told these days
we have to consider ourselves as being in society… but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude.
What I must do is all that concerns
me, not what the people think.
I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so I 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
wrangled dark at a man.
He buttoned his overcoat
In a snowstorm, red
hollyberries, thoughts, he stood alone.
Respect the child. Be not too much
. Trespass not on his solitude.
When I’m writing solitude feels very good
. But when I’m not writing it feels lonely… Having a big family
solves that problem.
Once more I realize
that solitude is my element, and the reason is that extreme awareness
of other people (all naturally
solitary people must feel this) precludes awareness of one’s self, so after a while the self no longer knows that it exists
lock myself in my studio
. I do not often see the people I love, and in the end I shall suffer for it… painting is one’s private life
I need quiet and solitude to work. Darkness is best. If I am wide awake
, I can’t write.
In solitude there grows
what anyone brings into it, the inner beast too. Therefore solitude is inadvisable to many
, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit
and solitude echoing back at me.
I can receive nothing more from these tragic
solitudes than a little empty purity
The world is full of noise. Might we not set ourselves to learn silence, stillness
Theres a difference between solitude and loneliness
As for men, they will hardly
fail one anywhere. I had more visitors
while I lived in the woods
than at any other period of my life
; I mean that I had some.
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school
Everyone is lonely sometimes, even married
people. But most single women
(as well as women with spouses
) actually enjoy their solitude.
One is inspired only in solitude.
One can’t live in solitude. To survive
as a single family unit
is not possible.
Solitude is a condition best enjoyed in company.
The years I have squandered in puerile excitement
, in going hither and thither, in seeking to force
nature and time, I ought to have spent in solitude and meditation, in endeavoring to make myself worthy
of being loved
I’m as much my own master
as anyone can be, without being the master of others. I can write anywhere – all I need is a couple
of hours of solitude and a computer
, and I can write a chapter
. Since my work is portable
, I can live anywhere I like.
I remember getting my first cell phone
in New York, getting into a taxi
and thinking “This is the end of solitude in the back of a taxi.” What used
to happen in the back of a taxi? You looked out the window
. My brain
has become less able to spend lengths of time without shifting
, and I worry
Nothing is more dangerous than solitude.
I have been trying, for some time now, to find dignity
in my loneliness. I have been finding this hard to do. It is easier
, of course, to find dignity in one’s solitude. Loneliness is solitude with a problem.
Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers
When you have a lot of solitude, any living thing
becomes a companion.
Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television; solitude is herb tea and soft music. Solitude, quality
solitude, is an assertion
, because only in the stillness can we hear the truth of our own unique voices
Nature has a language of its own, or maybe
those who have lived long in solitude read in it their own unconscious inner feelings
and mysterious foreknowledge.
Nature has made us a present
of a broad capacity
ourselves apart, and often calls us to do so, to teach us that we owe
ourselves in part to society, but in the best part
Not all of us are called to be hermits
, but all of us need enough silence and solitude in our lives to enable
the deeper voice of our own self to be heard at least occasionally
Are not companions вЂ“ they are solitudes:
We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.
Solitude is not something you must hope
for in the future
. Rather, it is a deepening
of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
Delight in meditation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.
All my life, I will continue obstinately to write about love, solitude and passion
among the kind of people I know. The rest don’t interest me.
The only environment the artist needs is whatever
peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost
In good company your thoughts run
, in solitude your thought is still … In talk your mind can be stretched
, widened, exhilarated to heights, but it cannot be deepened; you have to deepen
Life grows darker
as we go on, till only one pure light is left shining
on it; and that is faith
. Old age, like solitude and sorrow, has its revelations
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
Yes! in the sea of life enisled, With echoing straits between us thrown
, Dotting the shoreless watery wild, We mortal millions
Keep the town for occasions
, but the habits
should be formed in retirement.
was solitude, with company.
I’ve always loved the woods, and I’ve always loved gardening
and a lot of solitude and quiet.
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.
In our own presence, we all pretend
to be simpler
than we are: thus we take a break from our fellow human beings.
gives himself up to solitude, Ah! he is soon alone.
Remember what peace there may be in silence.
Do your work for six
years; but in the seventh
, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder
you from being what you have become.
In his lonely solitude, the solitary man feeds
upon himself; in the thronging multitude, the many feed
upon him. Now choose.
How many minds–almost all the great ones–were formed in secrecy and solitude!
One’s need for loneliness is not satisfied
if one sits at a table alone. There must be empty chairs
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
Reading takes solitude and it takes focus
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. It is pure affection, and filled with reverance for the solitude of others. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say
The cure for too much to do is solitude and silence.
In solitude, at last, weвЂ™re able to let God define
us the way we are always supposed to be defined
вЂ”by relationship: the I-thou relationship, in relation to a Presence that demands nothing of us but presence itself. Not performance
My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter
than my solitude.
How can we have our privacy? How can we have our independence now in these times with these cameras
? Because I think privacy and our solitude is really important.
Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
Life comes in clusters
, clusters of solitude, then a cluster
when there is hardly time to breathe.
The strong grows in solitude where the weak
When the orbits of these two satellites
of ours happened
to cross paths
, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant
we’d be in absolute solitude. Until we burned
up and became
No man will ever unfold
of his own intellect who does not at least checker his life with solitude.
social so it’s hard for me to find solitude, but I need to have solitude to write.
A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing
you with company.
can man find a quieter
or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter
, he never grows lonely or bored.
He has learned that God uses solitude to teach us how to live with other people.
Solitude is impractical, and society fatal. We must keep our head in the one and our hands
in the other. The conditions are met, if we keep our independence, yet do not lose our sympathy
Social life is filled with doubts
aspirings; solitude, when the imagination is dethroned, is turned to weariness
People who take the time to be alone usually have depth
, and quiet reserve.
In my solitude, many miles from men and houses
, I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind
, which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains
it to you
We must certainly acknowledge
that solitude is a fine
thing; but it is a pleasure to have some one who can answer, and to whom we can say, from time to time
, that solitude is a fine thing.
Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach
is so useless as criticism
. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair
I just think that sometimes it is less hard to wake
up feeling lonely
when you are alone than to wake up
feeling lonely when you are with someone else. Some people would be better off
alone, but they feel they’ve got to get hold of someone to prove
The only real progress lies
in learning to be wrong all alone.
Solitude is the mother
Never be afraid to sit a while and think.
Great men do not content
us. It is their solitude, not their force, that makes them conspicuous
And yet my life seemed to be just one big mass
of people. I would never ask some people in for tea to fill
up time. I just never would do it. Whenever
I seemed to have a quiet hole, I would paint. That was what I would choose to do to fill up the time.
There is always something left to love.
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.
We never touch but at points.
Although a man may lose a sense of his own importance when he is a mere unit among a busy
throng, all utterly regardless
of him, it by no means follows
that he can dispossess himself, with equal facility
, of a very strong
sense of the importance and magnitude
of his cares.
I go in 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 I really think; after a time it always seems as if they want to banish
myself from myself and rob me of my soul
Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with us some friend
to whom we can say how sweet solitude is.
Solitude is better than the society of evil persons
Happiness is not to be sought in solitude or in busy centers. It is in the Self.
I prize the privilege of being alone.
If from society we learn to live, solitude should teach us how to die.
I prefer to be left alone with my books.
It’s hard to spend years at a time working in total
solitude with no reality-check.
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.
I had but three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship; three for society. When visitors came in larger
and unexpected numbers
there was but the third
chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up
, “to become a warrior, every Cohiuano man must leave everything behind and go into the jungle
only by his dreams. In that journey, he has to discover
, in solitude and silence, who he really is.”
On the broad spectrum of solitude, I lean toward the extreme end: I work alone, as well as live alone, so I can pass an entire day without uttering so much as a hello to another human being. Sometimes a day’s conversation consists of only five words, uttered at the local Starbucks: ‘Large coffee with milk, please.’
I implore those who love me
to love my solitude.
I had as lief have been myself alone.
I cannot endure the horror
, the evil, which comes to self in solitude.
Death is appalling
to those of the most iron
nerves, when it comes quietly and in the stillness and solitude of night.
One man runs
to his neighbor
because he is looking for himself, and another because he wants
himself. Your bad love
of yourselves makes solitude a prison for you.
The rigors of creativity – the self-doubt
, the revising
, the solitude – do require a kind of self-consumption. It comes at a cost; a cost that isn’t for everyone.
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
The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles
of doing and solitude, running and staying
, being involved
and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning
to the soul-place.
Oh you who have been removed from God in his solitude by the abyss
of time, how can you expect
to reach him without dying?
I love hotels
for their solitude and comfort, but I believe a seedy one can have as much promise
as a plush one.
Solitude is independence.
A book is solitude, privacy; it is a way of holding the self apart from the crush
of the outer
To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream
and the cedar
to break the flow
of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.
Even the solitude, I’ve actually grown to quite like… I do like the feeling of getting into my little car, knowing for the next couple of hours I’ll have only the roads
, the big gray
sky and my daydreams for company.
The deepest and most organic
death is death in solitude, when even light becomes a principle
of death. In such moments you will be severed from life, from love, smiles
, friends and even from death. And you will ask yourself if there is anything besides
of the world and your own nothingness.
Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer
, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
No person loving or admiring
himself is alone.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards
the religion of solitude.
I’ve always been drawn
to solitude, felt a kind of luxurious relief
in its self-generated pace and rhythms.
! darkling river! what a voice
Is that thou utterest while all else is still–
voice that, centuries ago,
Sounded between thy hills, while Rome
A weedy solitude by Tiber’s stream!
A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
That inward eye
/ Which is the bliss of solitude.
Both looked back then on the wild revelry
…and they lamented that it had cost them so much of their lives to find the paradise
of shared solitude.
People who abhor
solitude may abhor company almost as much.
The physical union
of the sexes
… only intensifies man’s sense of solitude.
Maybe solitude is best had in the midst of multitudes.
In the depths
of the night, fear grips
my heart. It paralyzes my mind. But most of all, I feel very, very alone
…loneliness is not a function
I, too, seem to be a connoisseur
of rain, but it does not fill me with joy; it allows me to steep
myself in a solitude I nurse like a vice I’ve refused
In the world a man lives in his own age; in solitude in all ages.
Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support
; and the sweetest
support is found in the most intimate
I owe my solitude to other people.
There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept
of being a monk for a while.
One sees that dead, vacant
over the rarest
of women’s faces . . . in the very midst, it may be, of their warmest summer’s day; and then one can guess at the secret of intolerable
solitude that lies hid beneath the delicate
laces . . .
in a house, every angle
in a room, every inch
space in which we like to hide, or withdraw
into ourselves, is a symbol
of solitude for the imagination; that is to say, it is the germ
of a room, or of a house.
I think that I love society as much as most, and am ready
enough to fasten
myself like a bloodsucker for the time to any full-blooded man that comes in my way
. I am naturally no hermit, but might possibly
sit out the sturdiest frequenter of the bar-room, if my business called me thither.
The men who have had the most to give to their fellow men
are those who have enriched
their minds and hearts in solitude. It is a poor education
that does not fit a man to be alone with himself.
Solitude is the strength of being alone. It’s where we become our best company
If you would live innocently, seek solitude.
One can acquire
everything in solitude except character.
‘Tis solitude should teach us how to die; It hath
no flatterers; vanity
can give, No hollow aid; alone – man with God must strive
No matter who weaves in and out of your life, regardless of the quality of those deep friendships and familyships, I’m the only common denominator
at this point who’s been with me the whole time. And there’s this sense of trying to make sense
of that ultimate
solitude. It’s not a negative
or even a positive. It’s just a fact.
Solitude, the sly enemy that doth separate a man from well-doing.
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.
Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living
It is not the conscience which raises
, for a man may sincerely regret
some slight fault committed
in solitude, or he may suffer the deepest remorse
for an undetected crime
, but he will not blush… It is not the sense of guilt, but the thought that others think or know us to be guilty
which crimsons the face.
No matter how much
we love our family and friends
, a part of us needs the occasional moment of solitude as a plant
. It is the inmost core
of each of us that, that part which nobody can define but which we all recognize because it never changes
We are fools to depend upon the society of our fellow-men. Wretched
as we are, powerless
as we are, they will not aid us; we shall die alone.
If you’re constantly stimulated by being called away to the buzzing
and the excitement of what’s on your phone, solitude seems kind of scary
He has the manner
of a giant with the look of a child, a lazy
activeness, a mad wisdom
, a solitude encompassing the world.
A person who finds silence and solitude boring is a person who is himself boring, empty of anything worth consideration
We must get to the place of real solitude with Christ. He is our mountain-height and our sea-calm.
Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential
I was never less alone than when by myself.
Where should the scholar live? In solitude, or in society? in the green stillness of the country, where he can hear the heart of Nature beat
, or in the dark, gray town where he can hear and feel the throbbing heart of man?
To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing Solitude.
Hours of solitude, hours of creation, hours of meditation. Solitude and meditation gave
me an awareness, a perspective
which I have never lost: that of solidarity
with the rest of mankind.
Our two first parents, yet the only two Of mankind, in the happy garden placed
, Reaping immortal fruits
of joy and love, Uninterrupted joy, unrivalled love In blissful solitude.
Love is nothing but the fear of mortal man at the thought of solitude.
I love nature, I really do. I love the great outdoors
, I love the concept of quiet, peaceful solitude shared only with the loons calling
to each other across the water, and Bambi
and Thumper in the forest, and a simple tent between me and the starry, starry sky
Solitude is so necessary both for society and for the individual that when society fails
sufficient solitude to develop
the inner life of the persons who compose it, they rebel
and seek false
I love all waste
and solitary places.
In the ice of solitude man becomes most inexorably a question
to himself, and just because
the question pitilessly summons and draws
into play his most secret life
he becomes an experience to himself.
I like solitude. I like the anomalous life. I like a quiet life
makes himself the companion of your hours of solitude, melancholy and toil.
On the tree, Future, we build our nest
; and in our solitude eagles
shall bring us nourishment in their beaks
I hold the most archaic
values on earth … the fertility
of the soul, the magic of the animals, the power-vision in solitude…. the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe
I chose the shadows; they did not choose me
. I stay here securely not just because I feel plain
, but because disappearance is by now the easy way
. The habit. The worn
path that I can trod knowingly and be assured
safe passage home
In the midst of excitement, grief
, joy, and solitude, I remind
myself every moment that the sole mission
of my life is to find ‘the ultimate questioner’ – that unimaginable
who has put me in this madness to answer an unanswerable question.
The difference between friends and pets
is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
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.
Next to a shot of some good, habit-forming narcotic
, there is nothing like travelling
alone as a ‘builder-upper.
We have the divinity
of our great misery
. And our solitude, with its toilsome ideas, tears and laughter
, is fatally divine.
I have to say that I have no regrets
about my decision
to become a priest
or about the major directions
my ministry has taken me… I have been and am happy as a priest, and I have never been lonely… I could have used a bit more solitude.
Word I was in my life alone, / Word I had no one left but God.
But solitude is sadness.’ ‘Yes; it is sadness. Life, however, has worse
than that. Deeper than melancholy lies heart-break.
Solitude. It is way underrated
in our world
of writing. We stay busy. We act busy. We thrive
on busy. The truth is
there is a lot of beauty that lives in the solitude. Quiet is not the enemy. Quiet is necessary for brains
to not self-destruct.
Even if loving meant leaving, or solitude, or sorrow, love was worth every penny
of its price.
Usually, we think that “good” loneliness is what we call “solitude,” the choice of some alone-time. But I want to press on with the negative dimension
, to look at ways in which a fundamental
sense of being separated
from others shapes who we are
Hour of nostalgia
, hour of happiness, hour of solitude.
True silence is
the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment
No man is quite so much a hero
in the dark as in broad daylight
, in solitude as in society, in the gloom
of the churchyard as in the blaze
of the drawing-room. The season
and the place may be such as to oppress the stoutest heart with a mysterious awe, which, if not fear, is near
akin to it.
Solitude is one thing and loneliness is another.
Solitude, as I understand it, does not signify an unhappy
state, but rather secret royalty
, profound incommunicability yet a more or less obscure
knowledge of an invulnerable singularity.
Worked with a dim and undetermined sense
Of unknown modes
of being; o’er my thoughts
There hung a darkness, call it solitude
Or blank desertion
The soul that has been enriched by communion with God will not be dismayed
by isolation but will welcome
solitude. He will seek not the crowd but the closet
, and emerging
will never walk alone, for he has unseen companionship.