Solitude Quotes

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

Johan wolfgang von goethe - talents are best nurtured in solitude; but...
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
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison
R. m. grenon - goodbye, goodbye, i hate the word. solitude has...

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
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
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
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
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
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.
Seneca
Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unanimo
Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
Han Suyin
Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.
William Orville Douglas
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
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
Harold Bloom, O Magazine, April 2003
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Stendhal
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
Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
Erica Jong
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)
This great misfortune - To be incapable of solitude.
La Bruyere
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - Girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Percival
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)
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Robert Cecil
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
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
Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
Karl Kraus
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
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
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
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
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina
Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
Vladimir Nabokov
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus