Solitude Quotes

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 as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell

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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
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
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A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina
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
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison
Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
Vladimir Nabokov
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
Sir Thomas Browne
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
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus
This great misfortune - To be incapable of solitude.
La Bruyere
Goodbye, goodbye, I hate the word. Solitude has long since turned brown and withered, sitting bitter in my mouth and heavy in my veins.
R. M. Grenon
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
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - Girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Percival
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
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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
I love tranquil solitude And such society As is quiet, wise, and good.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
William Powell
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Stendhal
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
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
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
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
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
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
In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.
Henry David Thoreau
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
Han Suyin
Solitude vivifies isolation kills.
Joseph Roux
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
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
Karl Kraus
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