Loneliness Quotes


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.

My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult

I've never been lonely. I've been in a room -- I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed. I've felt awful -- awful beyond all -- but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me...or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I've never been bothered with because I've always had this terrible itch for solitude. It's being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I'll quote Ibsen, "The strongest men are the most alone." I've never thought, "Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I'll feel good." No, that won't help. You know the typical crowd, "Wow, it's Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?" Well, yeah. Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn't want to hide in factories. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

The Giver

Lois Lowry

The Giver
Loneliness    Memories    Pain    Share

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.

Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.

All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.

Shatter Me

Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

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

Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

Loneliness    People    Scared    World

Maybe everbody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

Loneliness    People    Scared    World

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

All great and precious things are lonely.

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

East of Eden

being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.

Women

Charles Bukowski

When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.

The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.


Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.

White Oleander

Janet Fitch

White Oleander

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.

A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.

I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.

Anger    Books    Friends    Greedy    Life    Loneliness    Man    Myself    Selfish    Travel    Woman    Work    Write

I feel too much. That's what's going on.' 'Do you think one can feel too much? Or just feel in the wrong ways?' 'My insides don't match up with my outsides.' 'Do anyone's insides and outsides match up?' 'I don't know. I'm only me.' 'Maybe that's what a person's personality is: the difference between the inside and outside.' 'But it's worse for me.' 'I wonder if everyone thinks it's worse for him.' 'Probably. But it really is worse for me.

sex is the consolation you have when you can't have love

Desire    Loneliness    Love    Lust    Passion    Sex

When you're surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you're by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don't feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you're really alone.

I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.

Dry

Augusten Burroughs

Dry
Loneliness    Lonely    Sad    Sadness    Sorrow

If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke

How we need another soul to cling to.

I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.

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

Will’s voice dropped. Everyone makes mistakes, Jem.
Yes, said Jem. You just make more of them than most people.
I —
You hurt everyone, said Jem. Everyone whose life you touch.
Not you, Will whispered. I hurt everyone but you. I never meant to
hurt you.
Jem put his hands up, pressing his palms against his eyes. Will —
You can’t never forgive me, Will said in disbelief, hearing the
panic tinging his own voice. I’d be —
Alone? Jem lowered his hand, but he was smiling now, crookedly. And
whose fault is that?

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince

there is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock

Love Is a Dog from Hell

Charles Bukowski

Love Is a Dog from Hell

So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them."
(
Initiation
)

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.

I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.

Where are the people? resumed the little prince at last. It’s a little lonely in the desert… It is lonely when you’re among people, too, said the snake.

It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored.

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.

Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.

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.

I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.

Sometimes I feel so- I don’t know - lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you’re used to has been ripped away. Like there’s no more gravity, and I’m left to drift in outer space with no idea where I’m going’
Like a little lost Sputnik?’
I guess so.

I'm not much but I'm all I have.

Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It's just too much for them.

Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don't worry...I'm here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.

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