Solitude Quotes

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, 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

Gian vincenzo gravina - a bore is a man who deprives you of solitude...
Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
William Powell
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
Brenda ueland - i learned... that inspiration does not come like...

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
I love tranquil solitude And such society As is quiet, wise, and good.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
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, 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
Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
Karl Kraus
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
Sir Thomas Browne
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 is the playfield of Satan.
Vladimir Nabokov
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - Girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Percival
Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
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
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
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
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 Stendhal
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Sir Francis Bacon
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein
Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
Han Suyin
Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unanimo
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
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
Solitude vivifies isolation kills.
Joseph Roux
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
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
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
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