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Solitude Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Solitude

Please enjoy these Solitude Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But the delights of solitude don't only consist of dreaming.
Next in enjoyment, I think, comes planning.
- Anna Neagle

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

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude,
but in the world; since it is experience of life,
and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.
- Giacomo Leopardi

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.
- Jeremy Collier

Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.
- Kevin Patterson

O solitude, where are the charms That sages have seen
in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms,
Than reign in this horrible place.
- William Cowper

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

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
- Mason Cooley

I was thinking, too, of Superman and his fortress of solitude.
- Michael Chabon

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
- Octavio Paz

Solitude begets whimsies.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

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

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

Wit is a weapon.
Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority.
But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin,
usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir

In solitude, where we are least alone.
- Lord Byron

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
- Karl Kraus

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

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

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

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

I didn't choose solitude.
- Klaus Kinski

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

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

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

God is absence.
God is the solitude of man.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

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

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
- Laurence Sterne

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

I owe my solitude to other people.
- Alan Watts

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

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

Solitude is better than the society of evil persons.
- Abu Bakr

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation;
now it is my friend.
What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?
- Charles de Gaulle

Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with
us some friend to whom we can say how sweet solitude is.
- William Jay

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

To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented,
is the only pleasing Solitude.
- Richard Steele

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude
expresses the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Solitude is independence.
- Hermann Hesse

The conductor's stand is not a continent of power,
but rather an island of solitude.
- Riccardo Muti

A creation of importance can only be produced when
its author isolates himself,
it is a child of solitude.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space,
eternity, life and death.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

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

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

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


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