Solitude Quotes

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, the safeguard of mediocrity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laurence sterne - solitude is the best nurse of wisdom....
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
Harold Bloom, O Magazine, April 2003
R. m. grenon - goodbye, goodbye, i hate the word. solitude has...

Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Sir Francis Bacon
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
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)
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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
Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.
William Orville Douglas
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
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Robert Cecil
Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
Vladimir Nabokov
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
William Powell
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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
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)
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unanimo
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
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - Girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Percival
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison
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
Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johan Wolfgang 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
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
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
This great misfortune - To be incapable of solitude.
La Bruyere
I love tranquil solitude And such society As is quiet, wise, and good.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
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