Solitude Quotes

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
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

La bruyere - this great misfortune - to be incapable of...
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
Johann von goethe - talents are best nurtured in solitude character...

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
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
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein
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
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
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 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
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
I love tranquil solitude And such society As is quiet, wise, and good.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
Han Suyin
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Stendhal
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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)
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
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Robert Cecil
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
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
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - Girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Percival
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina
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
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
Vladimir Nabokov
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unanimo
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus
Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.
William Orville Douglas
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
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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