Solitude Quotes

He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
Publilius Syrus
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein

James russell lowell - solitude is as needful to the imagination as...
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 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
La bruyere - this great misfortune - to be incapable of...

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)
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Robert Cecil
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.
William Orville Douglas
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
Harold Bloom, O Magazine, April 2003
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
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Stendhal
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
Solitude vivifies isolation kills.
Joseph Roux
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
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
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
I love tranquil solitude And such society As is quiet, wise, and good.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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
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
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
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
Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
William Powell
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)
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
In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.
Henry David Thoreau
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison
Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
Sir Thomas Browne
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
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
Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unanimo
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
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Sir Francis Bacon