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quote by Stephen Crane: Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments. with background image:

Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.

--Stephen Crane
quote by Eugene Delacroix: The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer. with background image:

The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer.

--Eugene Delacroix
quote by Juan Ramon Jimenez: In solitude one finds only what he carries there with him. with background image:

In solitude one finds only what he carries there with him.

--Juan Ramon Jimenez
quote by Axel Munthe: A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as lon… with background image:

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.

--Axel Munthe
quote by William Powell: Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances. with background image:

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.

--William Powell
quote by Jay Shetty: Solitude is the strength of being alone. It's where we become our best company. with background image:

Solitude is the strength of being alone. It's where we become our best company.

--Jay Shetty
quote by Dodinsky: They who do not fear darkness have learned to light their own candle. with background image:

They who do not fear darkness have learned to light their own candle.

--Dodinsky
quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle. with background image:

Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle.

--Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
quote by Adam Phillips: Although the wish for solitude can be a denial of dependence, a capacity for solitude may be its fullest acknowledgment. with background image:

Although the wish for solitude can be a denial of dependence, a capacity for solitude may be its fullest acknowledgment.

--Adam Phillips
quote by Katrina Kenison: Solitude is the soul's holiday. with background image:

Solitude is the soul's holiday.

--Katrina Kenison
quote by Sara Maitland: We think we are unique, special and deserving of happiness, but we are terrified of being alone. with background image:

We think we are unique, special and deserving of happiness, but we are terrified of being alone.

--Sara Maitland
quote by Ruskin Bond: Solitude helps you reflect. with background image:

Solitude helps you reflect.

--Ruskin Bond
quote by Richard J. Foster: Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment. with background image:

Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.

--Richard J. Foster
quote by Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire: Man forms himself in his own interior, and nowhere else. with background image:

Man forms himself in his own interior, and nowhere else.

--Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire
quote by William Benton Clulow: If solitude deprives of the benefit of advice, it also excludes from the mischief of flattery. But the absence of others' applause is gener… with background image:

If solitude deprives of the benefit of advice, it also excludes from the mischief of flattery. But the absence of others' applause is generally supplied by the flattery of one's own breast.

--William Benton Clulow
quote by Lord Byron: Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone. with background image:

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

--Lord Byron
quote by Anand Mahindra: Sometimes the only kind of innovation comes when you have some solitude; when you step away. with background image:

Sometimes the only kind of innovation comes when you have some solitude; when you step away.

--Anand Mahindra
quote by Michael Finkel: Frightening things happen in solitude. with background image:

Frightening things happen in solitude.

--Michael Finkel
quote by Jeffery Taylor: The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic's terrible. with background image:

The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic's terrible.

--Jeffery Taylor
quote by May Sarton: The value of solitude -- one of it's values -- is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within. with background image:

The value of solitude -- one of it's values -- is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within.

--May Sarton
quote by Three Fish: Sail away, I sail away, I sail nowhere, nowhere, nowhere
Hear her laugh through the air
Down from the past into my lair
I want you in so… with background image:

Sail away, I sail away, I sail nowhere, nowhere, nowhere
Hear her laugh through the air
Down from the past into my lair
I want you in solitude.

--Three Fish
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company. with background image:

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by John Milton: And Wisdom's self
Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude,
Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation,
She plumes her feathers, and lets grow… with background image: photo of author John Milton with quote: And Wisdom's self
Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude,
Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation,
...

And Wisdom's self
Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude,
Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation,
She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings,
That in the various bustle of resort
Were all too ruffled, and sometimes impaired.

--John Milton
quote by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock: Solitude holds a cup sparkling with bliss in her right hand, a raging dagger in her left; to the blest she offers her goblet, but stretches… with background image:

Solitude holds a cup sparkling with bliss in her right hand, a raging dagger in her left; to the blest she offers her goblet, but stretches toward the wretch the ruthless steel!

--Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
quote by Jean de la Bruyere: How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude! with background image:

How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude!

--Jean de la Bruyere
quote by Shan Sa: The moon in all her immaculate purity hung in the sky, laughing at this world of dust. She congratulated me for my carefully considered man… with background image:

The moon in all her immaculate purity hung in the sky, laughing at this world of dust. She congratulated me for my carefully considered maneuvers and invited me to share in her eternal solitude.

--Shan Sa
quote by Henrik Ibsen: What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one's self? with background image:

What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one's self?

--Henrik Ibsen
quote by Rudyard Kipling: I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me. with background image:

I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.

--Rudyard Kipling
quote by Molière: Betrayed and wronged in everything,
I'll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
And seek some spot unpeopled and apart
Where I'll be fr… with background image: photo of author Molière with quote: Betrayed and wronged in everything,
I'll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
And seek some sp...

Betrayed and wronged in everything,
I'll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
And seek some spot unpeopled and apart
Where I'll be free to have an honest heart.

--Molière
quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all y… with background image:

But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.

--Rainer Maria Rilke
quote by Greta Garbo: I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said 'I want to be let alone!' There is all the difference. with background image:

I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said 'I want to be let alone!' There is all the difference.

--Greta Garbo
quote by Stephen Vincent Benét: There is a wilderness we walk alone
However well-companioned. with background image:

There is a wilderness we walk alone
However well-companioned.

--Stephen Vincent Benét
quote by Lord Byron: There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, … with background image:

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

--Lord Byron
quote by Simone Weil: In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) tha… with background image:

In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) than a human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention.

--Simone Weil
quote by Thomas Lansing Masson: To feel themselves in the presence of true greatness many find it necessary only to be alone. with background image:

To feel themselves in the presence of true greatness many find it necessary only to be alone.

--Thomas Lansing Masson

quote by Vladimir Nabokov: Solitude is the playfield of Satan. with background image:

Solitude is the playfield of Satan.

--Vladimir Nabokov
quote by Arthur Schopenhauer: A man can be himself only so long as he is alone. with background image:

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

Longer Version:

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal. with background image:

Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Philibert Joseph Roux: Solitude vivifies, isolation kills. with background image:

Solitude vivifies, isolation kills.

--Philibert Joseph Roux
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: 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. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote: For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal,...

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.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Virginia Woolf: In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us. with background image:

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.

--Virginia Woolf
quote by C. S. Lewis: We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. with background image: photo of author C. S. Lewis with quote: We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for m...

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.

--C. S. Lewis
quote by Hermann Hesse: I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers … with background image:

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.

--Hermann Hesse
quote by Laozi (Lao-Tzu): Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. with background image:

Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.

--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
quote by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude. with background image:

The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez
quote by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Solitude was my only consolation -- deep, dark, deathlike solitude. with background image:

Solitude was my only consolation -- deep, dark, deathlike solitude.

--Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
quote by Paulo Coelho: Don't fear solitude: If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. But don't get too attached to it -- it may become an addiction. with background image:

Don't fear solitude: If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. But don't get too attached to it -- it may become an addiction.

--Paulo Coelho
quote by Joyce Meyer: One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God. with background image:

One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God.

--Joyce Meyer
quote by Robert Brault: You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners. with background image:

You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners.

--Robert Brault
quote by Philippa Gregory: Some of us are born to a solitary life. with background image:

Some of us are born to a solitary life.

--Philippa Gregory
quote by Kristen Butler: In solitude I find my answers. with background image:

In solitude I find my answers.

--Kristen Butler
quote by John Milton: Solitude sometimes is best society. with background image:

Solitude sometimes is best society.

--John Milton
quote by Umberto Eco: Solitude is a kind of freedom. with background image:

Solitude is a kind of freedom.

--Umberto Eco
quote by Ernest Hemingway: Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. with background image:

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: My solitude doesn't depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offer… with background image:

My solitude doesn't depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by William Shakespeare: Society is no comfort, to one not sociable. with background image:

Society is no comfort, to one not sociable.

--William Shakespeare
quote by Deepak Chopra: Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. with background image:

Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.

--Deepak Chopra
quote by Ayn Rand: In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. with background image:

In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Nikola Tesla: The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. with background image:

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.

--Nikola Tesla

Longer Version:

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude. with background image:

In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Bertrand Russell: A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live. with background image:

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.

--Bertrand Russell
quote by Erica Jong: Solitude is un-American. with background image:

Solitude is un-American.

--Erica Jong
quote by Charles Bukowski: I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote: I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each d...

I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Cicero: I am never less alone than when alone. with background image:

I am never less alone than when alone.

--Cicero
quote by Keenu Reeves: Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option. with background image:

Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option.

--Keenu Reeves
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: Loneliness is one thing, solitude another. with background image:

Loneliness is one thing, solitude another.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by Henry Miller: I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without… with background image: photo of author Henry Miller with quote: I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and t...

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.

--Henry Miller

quote by Criss Jami: Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness. with background image:

Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.

--Criss Jami
quote by Jodi Picoult: If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the wor… with background image:

If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.

--Jodi Picoult
quote by Voltaire: The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. with background image:

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.

--Voltaire
quote by Pablo Picasso: Without great solitude no serious work is possible. with background image:

Without great solitude no serious work is possible.

--Pablo Picasso
quote by Jenn Granneman: Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home. with background image:

Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.

--Jenn Granneman
quote by Criss Jami: If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. with background image:

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.

--Criss Jami
quote by Michel de Montaigne: The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. with background image:

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

--Michel de Montaigne
quote by Nikola Tesla: Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. with background image:

Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.

--Nikola Tesla
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. with background image:

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

I never found the 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.


quote by Philip Gilbert Hamerton: We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest. with background image:

We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.

--Philip Gilbert Hamerton
quote by Lord Byron: In solitude, where we are least alone. with background image:

In solitude, where we are least alone.

--Lord Byron
quote by Winston Churchill: Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. with background image:

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

--Winston Churchill
quote by Wayne W. Dyer: You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. with background image:

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.

--Wayne W. Dyer
quote by Thomas Edison: The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. with background image:

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

--Thomas Edison
quote by Robert Cecil: Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are. with background image:

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.

--Robert Cecil
quote by Robert Browning: Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once. with background image:

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

--Robert Browning
quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. with background image:

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

--Rainer Maria Rilke
quote by Omar Khayyam: The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. with background image:

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

--Omar Khayyam
quote by Octavio Paz: Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone. with background image:

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.

--Octavio Paz

Longer Version:

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another.


quote by Paul Tillich: 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 … with background image:

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 Tillich
quote by Naomi Judd: Solitude is creativity's best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls. with background image:

Solitude is creativity's best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls.

--Naomi Judd
quote by Maggie Smith: There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. with background image:

There's a difference between solitude and loneliness.

--Maggie Smith
quote by Laurence Sterne: In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. with background image:

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

--Laurence Sterne
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. with background image:

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. with background image:

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. with background image:

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Hermann Hesse: Solitude is independence. with background image:

Solitude is independence.

--Hermann Hesse
quote by Henry Ward Beecher: He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. with background image:

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

--Henry Ward Beecher
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakne… with background image:

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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. with background image:

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

--Henry David Thoreau

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