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Solitude – some inspirational quotes

May 28, 2009

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


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 such a potential thing. 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


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


Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. – Alice Koller


The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it. – John Lubbock


It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion. – African Proverb


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


I never found the 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. – Henry David Thoreau


We live in a very tense society.  We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together…. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. – Helen Hayes


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. – K.T. Jong


Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted.  Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius


What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it – like a secret vice. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh


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. – Eda LeShan


No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. – Jack Kerouac


We visit others as a matter of social obligation.  How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves? – Morris Adler


Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude. – Paul Tillich


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


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


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


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


Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again. – E.M.Cioran


The good and the wise lead quiet lives. – Euripides


Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression. – Henry Home


Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio, or looked at a TV. They had loneliness and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would mark. – Carl Sa

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