Solitude Quotes

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina

Giacomo leopardi - real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but...
To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.
Deepak Chopra
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
La bruyere - this great misfortune - to be incapable of...

The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance (essay)
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 Ba
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
Sir Thomas Browne
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - Girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Percival
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
There are days when solitude, for someone my age, 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
But the truth was that he died from solitude, the enemy known but to few on this Earth, and whom only the simplest of us are fit to withstand. The brilliant Costaguanaro of the boulevards had died from solitude and want of faith in himself and others.
Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (on the death of Decoud)
In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.
Henry David Thoreau
Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
The most dangerous aspect of present - Day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical.
Eugenio Montale
I learned... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.
Brenda Ueland
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Sir Francis Bacon
In the desert a fountain is springing, In the wide waste there still is a tree, And a bird in the solitude singing, Which speaks to my spirit of thee.
Lord Byron, Stanzas to Augusta
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Stendhal
Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Robert Cecil
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 all leave it alone.
Thomas De Quincey
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus
Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
William Powell
One whose chief regard is for his own mind, and for the divinity within him and the service of its goodness, will strike no poses, utter no complaints, and crave neither for solitude nor yet for a crowd. Best of all, his life will be free from continual pursuing and avoiding.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations? Book Three
Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
Han Suyin
The power to bring me out of solitude - Or to push me back into it - Had never belonged to another person. It was mine and only mine.
Martha Beck, O Magazine, February 2003
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
Harold Bloom, O Magazine, April 2003
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.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
Solitude vivifies isolation kills.
Joseph Roux