Solitude Quotes

Most popular solitude quotes

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. - Franz Kafka quote.
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.

meditation

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

loneliness

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death - ourselves.
Spend some time alone every day. - Dalai Lama XIV quote.
Spend some time alone every day.
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude. - Sir Thomas Browne quote.
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude.
When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death—ourselves.
We cannot confront solitude without moral resources. - Honoré de Balzac quote.
We cannot confront solitude without moral resources.
The result of joining two solitudes will always be a greater solitude.
Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay. - Josh Billings quote.
Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. - Paul Tillich quote.
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.

loneliness

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. - Albert Einstein quote.
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
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 quote.
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.
If you can't stand solitude, maybe you bore others, too.

boring people

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married. - Cyril Connolly quote.
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

loneliness marriage

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly. - Paul Valéry quote.
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.

men and women

City life is millions of people being lonesome together. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
Be good and you will be lonesome. - Mark Twain quote.
Be good and you will be lonesome.

being good

Hell is other people. - Jean-Paul Sartre quote.
Hell is other people.

other people

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen quote.
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. - Aristotle quote.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.
The individual who has experienced solitude will not easily become a victim of mass suggestion. - Albert Einstein quote.
The individual who has experienced solitude will not easily become a victim of mass suggestion.
The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez quote.
The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.

old age

Though in a wilderness, a man is never alone. - Sir Thomas Browne quote.
Though in a wilderness, a man is never alone.

mankind

Be able to be alone.  Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. - Sir Thomas Browne quote.
Be able to be alone.  Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
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 Buck quote.
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.
When I am alone, God knocks on the door and says, "We need to talk."

God

By all means use sometimes to be alone.
Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear. - George Herbert quote.
By all means use sometimes to be alone.
Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.
George Herbert The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations
The world today does not understand, in either man or woman, the need to be alone.  How inexplicable it seems.  Anything else will be accepted as a better excuse. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
The world today does not understand, in either man or woman, the need to be alone.  How inexplicable it seems.  Anything else will be accepted as a better excuse.
I have often said that man's unhappiness springs from one thing alone, his incapacity to stay quietly in one room. - Blaise Pascal quote.
I have often said that man's unhappiness springs from one thing alone, his incapacity to stay quietly in one room.
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.  Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. - Octavio Paz quote.
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.  Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another.

mankind

Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man's being alone.  It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. - Paul Tillich quote.
Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man's being alone.  It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.

loneliness

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

character

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. - Edward Gibbon quote.
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

genius understanding conversation

That's what fame is: solitude. - Coco Chanel quote.
That's what fame is: solitude.

fame

To a heart formed for friendship and affection the charms of solitude are very short-lived. - Fanny Burney quote.
To a heart formed for friendship and affection the charms of solitude are very short-lived.

friendship

In giving, you throw a bridge across the chasm of your solitude. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quote.
In giving, you throw a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.

Giving

Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once. - Robert Browning quote.
Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.

music

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you, because it is, at least in my experience, the most healing of pleasures.

reading pleasure

Solitude is that human situation in which I keep myself company. - Hannah Arendt quote.
Solitude is that human situation in which I keep myself company.
We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition. - Amelia E. Barr quote.
We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition.
I love solitude, but I prize it most when plenty of company is available. - Saul Bellow quote.
I love solitude, but I prize it most when plenty of company is available.
Solitude is the place of purification. - Martin Buber quote.
Solitude is the place of purification.
If from society we learn to live,
'Tis solitude should teach us how to die. - Lord Byron quote.
If from society we learn to live,
'Tis solitude should teach us how to die.
There are days when solitude, for someone of my age, is a heady wine which 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 quote.
There are days when solitude, for someone of my age, is a heady wine which 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.
O Solitude, the soul's best friend.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. - Albert Einstein quote.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world.
Great decisions in the realms of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual working in solitude. - Sigmund Freud quote.
Great decisions in the realms of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual working in solitude.
Solitude either develops the mental power, or renders men dull and vicious. - Victor Hugo quote.
Solitude either develops the mental power, or renders men dull and vicious.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. - Aldous Huxley quote.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Solitude is un-American. - Erica Jong quote.
Solitude is un-American.
A solitude is the audience-chamber of God. - W. S. Landor quote.
A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
Only when one is connected to one's own core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover.  And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
Only when one is connected to one's own core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover.  And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.
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. - Thomas Mann quote.
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.
The great omission in American life is solitude...that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit. - Marya Mannes quote.
The great omission in American life is solitude...that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit.
Society is all but rude
To this delicious solitude. - Andrew Marvell quote.
Society is all but rude
To this delicious solitude.
For solitude sometimes is best society,
And short retirement urges sweet return. - John Milton quote.
For solitude sometimes is best society,
And short retirement urges sweet return.
One of the marks of maturity is the need for solitude: a city should not merely draw men together in many varied activities, but should permit each person to find, near at hand, moments of seclusion and peace. - Lewis Mumford quote.
One of the marks of maturity is the need for solitude: a city should not merely draw men together in many varied activities, but should permit each person to find, near at hand, moments of seclusion and peace.
Loneliness hurts, solitude heals.
To do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. - George Orwell quote.
To do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous.
Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense.  Alone, the world offers itself freely to us. - Tom Robbins quote.
Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense.  Alone, the world offers itself freely to us.
Solitude is the salt of personhood.  It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience. - May Sarton quote.
Solitude is the salt of personhood.  It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character. - Stendhal quote.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
For there is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. - Robert Louis Stevenson quote.
For there is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
That inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude. - William Wordsworth quote.
That inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude.
I want to be left alone. - Greta Garbo quote.
I want to be left alone.
If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company. - Jean-Paul Sartre quote.
If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
Finding some quiet time in your life, I think, is hugely important.