Solitude Quotes

Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
I love tranquil solitude And such society As is quiet, wise, and good.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Seneca - a good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty...
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
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
Colette - there are days when solitude, for someone my age,...

Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
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
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina
This great misfortune - To be incapable of solitude.
La Bruyere
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein
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 Johannes Tillich
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison
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)
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Sir Francis Bacon
Solitude, in the sense of being often alone, is essential to any depth of meditation or of character and solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur, is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society could ill do without.
John Stuart Mill
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
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Sir Francis Bacon
It is very easy in the world to live by the opinion of the world. It is very easy in solitude to be self - Centered. But the finished man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self - Reliance
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
Harold Bloom, O Magazine, April 2003
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
Solitude vivifies isolation kills.
Joseph Roux
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
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
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Robert Cecil
Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unanimo
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
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
In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.
Henry David Thoreau
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, 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
Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
Vladimir Nabokov
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