Solitude 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
care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

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

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

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.

Alone    Books    Friends    Solitude

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

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

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

Women

Charles Bukowski

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.

Desperate    Life    Losing    Love    Nostalgia    Pain    Regret    Solitude

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.

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

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)

Alone    Content    Privacy    Refueling    Reprive    Restoration    Solitude    Weekend

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

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.

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Der Tod in Venedig / Mario und der Zauberer

Thomas Mann Mythology by Christopher Dell

Der Tod in Venedig / Mario und der Zauberer

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

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.

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

There is a wilderness we walk alone
However well-companioned

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.

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

Tropic of Cancer

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.

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

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais

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.

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

Autumn    Fall    Solitude

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.

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

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.

The Waves (Annotated)

Virginia Woolf

The Waves (Annotated)

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.

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro Kazuo

Never Let Me Go

Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.

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

Art    Artist    Artistic    Contemplating    Dreams    Experience    Fantasy    Fun    Imagination    Life    Perception    Perspective    Poetry    Reading    Reality    Solitude    Songwriting    Thinking    Thoughts    Universe    Vicarious    Writing

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.

Factotum

Charles Bukowski

Factotum

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

Solitude sometimes is best society.

Paradise Lost

John Milton

Paradise Lost

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

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

O Lobo da Estepe

Hermann Hesse

O Lobo da Estepe

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.

For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of - to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others... and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.

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.

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

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

I suffer from life and from other people. I can’t look at reality face to face. Even the sun discourages and depresses me. Only at night and all alone, withdrawn, forgotten and lost, with no connection to anything real or useful — only then do I find myself and feel comforted.

I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every moment holy.
I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough
just 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 things
or else alone.
I want to be a mirror for your whole body,
and I never want to be blind, or to be too old
to 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 be
true before you. I want to describe myself
like a painting that I looked at
closely 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 ship
that carried me
through the wildest storm of all.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Books    Literature    Reading    Solitude    Words

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

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

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.

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