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Solitude Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes about Solitude.

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Inspirational Values Positive Motivational Purpose Life-Purpose

Language... 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

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

 

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

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I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
- Albert Einstein

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions;
it is easy in solitude to live after your own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
We are for the most part more lonely
when we go abroad among men
than when we stay in our chambers.
A man thinking or working is always alone,
let him be where he will.
- Henry David Thoreau

Balance activity with serenity,
wealth with simplicity,
persistence with innovation,
community with solitude,
familiarity with adventure,
constancy with change,
leading with following.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold

I love to be alone.
I never found the companion
that was so companionable as solitude.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
- Henry David Thoreau

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
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.
- Francis Bacon

Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude.
It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
- Louis Aragon

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people:
that each protects the solitude of the other.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings
to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
- Omar Khayyam

A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
- Walter Savage Landor

We wrote verses that condemned us, with no hope of pardon,
to the most bitter solitude.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit,
but God to man doth speak in solitude.
- John Stuart Blackie

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
- Mason Cooley

I didn't choose solitude.
- Klaus Kinski

We need society, and we need solitude also,
as we need summer and winter, day and night,
exercise and rest.
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
- Robert Cecil

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

Life is the desert, life the solitude,
death joins us to the great majority.
- Edward Young

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

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection
to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
- Barbara de Angelis

The best thinking has been done in solitude.
The worst has been done in turmoil.
- Thomas A. Edison

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness.
The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
- Paul Brunton

From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and
starts a diary that is lethal to the inert.
The dark landscape yields a dialogue.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

During my solitude, conflicting thoughts increased;
but much exercise of soul had the effect of causing
the scriptures to gain complete ascendancy over me.
- John Nelson Darby

Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time.
And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline.
- Peter Benchley

I really do work in solitude.
- Donna Tartt

Solitude, though it may be silent as light,
is like light, the mightiest of agencies;
for solitude is essential to man.
All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
- Thomas de Quincey

Solitude is un-American.
- Erica Jong

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.
- Leo Szilard

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

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
- Liv Tyler

I owe my solitude to other people.
- Alan Watts

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

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.
- Knut Hamsun

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends,
rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
- William Powell

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
- Carl Sandburg

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world,
and droop.
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
how gracious, how benign in solitude.
- William Wordsworth

I can write best in the silence and solitude of the night,
when everyone has retired.
- Zane Grey

The weight of the world is love.
Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
- Allen Ginsberg

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that
which is salutary for his soul,
for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
- Guru Nanak

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
- Honore de Balzac

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

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of
the night without thinking that the night pleases us
because it suppresses idle details,
just as our memory does.
- Jorge Luis Borges

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
- Stendhal

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room
is something no power can easily destroy.
- Salman Rushdie

I don't mind solitude.
I love talking to other people, but I do need my space.
- Iris Chang

Solitude begets whimsies.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

Imagination, the traitor of the mind,
has taken my solitude and slain it.
- Robinson Jeffers

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
- Sydney Smith

It's hard to spend years at a time working in total
solitude with no reality-check.
- Russell Banks

Solitude is pleasant.
Loneliness is not.
- Anna Neagle

I needed to be in the bush.
There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus.
That's where my heart lies.
- Mark Burnett

Silence and solitude are more distracting to me than chatter and commotion.
- Marilu Henner


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