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Remember that although the distinction can be difficult to draw, loneliness and solitude are different.

--Gretchen Rubin

Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.

--Wayne Cordeiro

Solitude, if rightly used, becomes not only a privilege but a necessity. Only a superficial soul fears to fraternize with itself.

--Alice Hegan Rice

Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.

--Wislawa Szymborska

On being alone: I think it's a good thing to do; you get to know yourself, and I think that's the most important thing in the whole world.

--Robert Paul Smith

Solitude is like punctuation. A paragraph without periods and commas would be exhausting to read.

--Arnie Kozak

Disappear. Then, come back even better.

--Ree Johnson

Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with us some friend to whom we can say how sweet solitude is.

--William Jay

People who take the time to be alone usually have depth, originality, and quiet reserve.

--John Miller

It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.

--D.W. Winnicott

We need solitude, because when we're alone, we're free from obligations, we don't need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts.

--Tamim Ansary

Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.

--Abraham Cowley

Solitude is a necessary protest to the incursions and the false alarms of society's hysteria, a period of cure and recovery.

--Abraham Joshua Heschel

He who understands humanity seeks solitude.

--Ali ibn Abi Talib

Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life's nothingness.

--Andre Maurois

When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.

--Antonio Porchia

Solitude is a breeding ground for idiosyncrasy, and I relish that about it, the way it liberates whim.

--Caroline Knapp

Are there no solitudes out of the cave and the desert; or cannot the heart in the midst of crowds feel frightfully alone?

--Charles Lamb

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?

--Charles de Gaulle

Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

--Dag Hammarskjold

Only the bad man is alone.

--Denis Diderot

True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.

--Edward Hoagland

O sacred solitude! divine retreat!
Choice of the prudent! envy of the great,
By thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade,
We court fair wisdom, that celestial maid.

--Edward Young

I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.

--Emily Bronte

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

--George MacDonald

Solitude is indeed dangerous for a working intelligence. We need to have around us people who think and speak. When we are alone for a long time we people the void with phantoms.

--Guy de Maupassant

It is known to many that we need solitude to find ourselves. Perhaps it is not so well known that we need solitude to find our fellows.

--Havelock Ellis

We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.

--Helen Hayes

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

--Henrik Ibsen

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

--James Russell Lowell

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.

--Jeanne Moreau

Solitude is dangerous. It's very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realise how peaceful and calm it is. It's like you don't want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy.

--Jim Carrey

The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.

--John Lubbock

What call thou solitude? Is not the earth with various living creatures, and the air replenished, and all these at thy command to come and play before thee?

--John Milton

If you have a trust in and an expectation of your own solitude, everything that you need to know will be revealed to you.

--John O'Donohue

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.

--Joseph Roux

Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor play to stay.

--Josh Billings

Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.

--Jules Verne

I like silence; I'm a gregarious loner and without the solitude, I lose my gregariousness.

--Karen Armstrong

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.

--Karl Kraus

Introverts like being introverts. We are drawn to ideas, we are passionate observers, and for us, solitude is rich and generative.

--Laurie Helgoe

You don't need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it.

--Leo Babauta

Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness.

--Leo Babauta

Solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity.

--Leo Babauta

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.

--Liv Tyler

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

--Lorraine Hansberry

You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.

--Louise Bourgeois

Solitude is the place of purification.

--Martin Buber

Longer Version:

Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter.

Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.

--Marty Rubin

Solitude begets whimsies.

--Mary Wortley Montagu

People who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much.

--Mason Cooley

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.

--Mason Cooley

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.

--May Sarton

Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.

--Miguel de Unamuno

People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane, until we invented smartphones and social media.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

What would a man do, if he were compelled to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never bathe himself in cool solitude?

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

You only grow when you are alone.

--Paul Newman

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.

--Paul Tillich

I cannot endure the horror, the evil, which comes to self in solitude.

--Percy Bysshe Shelley

Woe unto him that is never alone, and cannot bear to be alone.

--Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Solitude is the mother of anxieties.

--Publilius Syrus

He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.

--Publilius Syrus

The solution to alone-ness is not more solitude, but companionship and community.

--Robert Fulghum

Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions.

--Robert Fulghum

There's staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least an hour every day.

--Robin Sharma

Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude.

--Robin Sharma

in love
with your solitude.

--Rupi Kaur

Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others, and talk to God.

--Saint Francis de Sales

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.


Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place.

--Susan Cain

I want to be able to be alone, to find it nourishing -- not just a waiting.

--Susan Sontag

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.

--Sydney Smith

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.

--Tennessee Williams

Spend some time alone. There's so much you don't know about yourself.


Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude.

--Thomas Browne

Longer Version:

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.

Solitude gives birth to the original in us.

--Thomas Mann

Longer Version:

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous -- to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.

Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportianate, the absurd and the forbidden.

--Thomas Mann

Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought.

--Tom Hanks

Solitude isn't loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly.

--Victoria Erickson

If you use that time where you're alone in ways that bring you joy and peace, then that solitude can have a really positive effect on your life.

--Vivek Murthy

Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man.

--Walter Benjamin

A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.

--Walter Savage Landor

How different a creature is man in society and man in solitude!

--William Godwin

Give solitude a chance. You've got nothing to lose. And your life to gain back.

--Joshua Becker

Solitude is the place where we can connect with profound bonds that are deeper than the emergency bonds of fear and anger.

--Henri J. M. Nouwen

Alone ... The word is life endured and known. It is the stillness where our spirits walk And all but inmost faith is overthrown.

--Siegfried Sassoon

Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places.

--A. R. Rahman

Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not.

--Anna Neagle

But the delights of solitude don't only consist of dreaming. Next in enjoyment, I think, comes planning.

--Anna Neagle

People who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger.

--Andrei Tarkovsky

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.

--Guru Nanak

Wrong solitude vinegars the soul, right solitude oils it.

--Jane Hirshfield

Only in intimate communion with solitude may man find himself. Solitude is good company and my architecture is not for those who fear or shun it.

--Luis Barragan

Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.

--Kevin Patterson

How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?

--Mary Doria Russell

My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.

--Patricia Highsmith

Uncontradicting solitude
Supports me on its giant palm;
And like a sea-anemone
Or simple snail, there cautiously
Unfolds, emerges, what I am.

--Philip Larkin

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.

--Paul Brunton

Solitude does not consist in living alone; it consists in living with others, with people who take no interest in you.

--Octave Mirbeau

No doubt solitude is wholesome, but so is abstinence after a surfeit. The true life of man is in society.

--William Gilmore Simms
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