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Solitude is independence.

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth but delicious in the years of maturity.

Albert Einstein

Love consists in this that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.

Rainer Maria Rilke

All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!

Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.

Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.

I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

Carl Sandburg

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.

Forget sex, or politics, or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room.

Doug Coupland

As you simplify your life the laws of the universe will be simpler, solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

In Genesis it says that it is not good for a man to be alone, but sometimes it is a great relief.

Then stirs the feeling infinite so felt, In solitude where we are least alone.

I owe my solitude to other people.

Alan Watts

God is absence. God is the solitude of man.

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.

Mason Cooley

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

Mother Teresa

One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.


It is very lonely sometimes trying to play God.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.

Honore de Balzac

In solitude where we are least alone.

Lord Byron

Having abandoned the ways of darkness, let the wise follow the light. Having come from home to homelessness, let him enjoy the bliss of solitude so difficult to achieve.


One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

Thomas A. Edison

People who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much.

Mason Cooley

Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.

Henry Rollins

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

Albert Einstein

I had three chairs in my house, one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

Henry David Thoreau

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

Francis Bacon

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

Francis Bacon

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself it is a child of solitude.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He makes a solitude and calls it - peace

Lord Byron

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult, that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

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

Silence is a friend who will never betray.


If you have a sick or lonely person at home, be there. Maybe just to hold a hand, maybe just to give a smile, that is the greatest, the most beautiful work.

We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.

Herman Hesse

Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.

Herman Hesse

This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.


To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented is the only pleasing solitude.

Joseph Addison

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Solitude is painful when one is young but delightful when one is more mature.

Albert Einstein

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

George Eliot

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.

Eric Hoffer

Even cats grow lonely and anxious.

Mason Cooley

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company

Lord Byron

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.

Alice Walker

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 give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.

Victor Hugo

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which rightly understood is solitude made perfect.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Like a lion without fear of the howling pack, Like a gust of wind ne're trapped in a snare, Like a lotus blossom ne're sprinkled by water, Let me like a unicorn in solitude roam.


I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau

Little do men perceive what solitude is and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal where there is no love.

Francis Bacon

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women, and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man and these lead him constantly into danger.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

O solitude where are the charms, That sages have seen in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place.

William Cowper

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse, it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell

Great men are like eagles and build their nest on some lofty solitude.

Arthur Schopenhauer