I'm all alone but I'm not lonely.
Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth.
Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.
To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
I love people, but I also love recharging my batteries, thinking, running, creating and being alone.
Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something”anything”that does not involve a screen.
Nobody reaches enlightenment or internal happiness or does serious internal work in group settings. It is a very lonely kind of task.
Having tasted the joys of solitude, I forgot the need to please my relatives and friends.
He craved silences and solitude. He simply could not get lost in another person's life.
Don't ever put your happiness in someone else's hands. They'll drop it. They'll drop it every time.
You leave me alone for a day, it will be the happiest day I've had in awhile. That is a superpower that I think everybody can attain.
What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it ” like a secret vice.
We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and ” in spite of true romance magazines ” we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely ” at least, not all the time ” but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness. Hunter S.
Your relationship with yourself is a marriage from which there is no earthly escape. Death is the only divorce. A well-ordered mind is at home with solitude. A contented man can tolerate his own company.
I never feel unsafe except for when the majority is on my side.
Yes, be different, but not for the vanities of being different.
He felt that if he could not be alone, and if he could not be left alone, he would die.
It was my temper to avoid a crowd, and to attach myself fervently to a few.
You are free if you can withdraw from people, not having to seek them out for the sake of money, company, love, glory or curiosity, none of which can thrive in silence and solitude.
Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.
The less I say the better I feel.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self sufficient.
Thinking can be a very lonely business.
Formal education will give you a career. Self-education will give you freedom.
Nobody can tell you if what you're doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is.
The more alone you are, the less contaminated you will be by society, the more original and powerful your work will be.
Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than smart or educated.
If you can't see what you're worthy, you are more likely to be with someone else who can't see it.
It's not your job to like me - it's mine.
I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself.
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.
The feelings we live through in love and in loneliness are simply, for us, what high tide and low tide are to the sea.
Most original and fruitful ideas come to us when thinking for ourselves, without any outside incentive or pressure to show off our intellectual brilliance.
No great creative work can ever be done without the help of solitude. There is a reason why the greatest creators of all time, and the profoundest of thinkers have all been introverts.
You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own.
When we let our focus shift away from the people and things around us, we are better able to engage in what's called meta-cognition, or the process of thinking critically and reflectively about our own thoughts.
Keep working on yourself. The difference between those who wasted time and those who used it well becomes more and more obvious as the years go by. Work in silence and in a few years you'll be so far ahead that they'll think you cheated. What was your name?
If it's true what is said, that only the wise discover the wise, then it must also be true that the lone wolf symbolizes either the biggest fool on the planet or the biggest Einstein on the planet.
What is a genius? A person who demands little to nothing from others, but is often found extremely difficult to have around.
It's strange. I felt less lonely when I didn't know you.
You can love other people, even if they don't love you back, it's okay. Real love is a one way thing.
The day I cracked is the day you left and I felt a part of me gone forever.
You will have a life of loneliness if the desire to be loved and to belong is more important than your self-respect.
It's far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone ” so far.
Loneliness is designed to help you discover who you are and stop looking outside yourself for your worth.
Being brave enough to be alone frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them and not because you need them.
The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.
Nothing external will complete you. Not your partner. Not your job. Not your achievements. Not your family. Not your friends. Because there is no completion. How do you complete an infinite race?
When you discover that you can be your greatest fan, you abandon the habit of begging for approval from others.
Single is not a status. It is a word that best describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others.
To love someone else, I must first love myself.
Strive to be emotionally self-sufficient so you can draw closer to other people.
It's pretty simple: the less face to face I have with a person, the more I feel disconnected.
I'm now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.
Enduring loneliness is almost invariably better than suffering the compromises of false community.
There are many friends that I lost touch with because I outgrew them. I grew, my tastes, desires, and interests changed. They stayed the same. Eventually, I had nothing in common with them anymore. The fast path is a long, hard, and lonely one. But every step is worth it.
One lesson from the success of podcasts and YouTube: there is an enormous market for digital companionship. We are profoundly social creatures. Modern life can be lonely. We miss the chatter of the ancestral campfire. We import voices to fill the silence and feel less isolated.
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
You can't depend on anyone else to be happy; no relationship will give you the inner peace that you haven't created.
To find peace, you have to be willing to lose the connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life.
This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century - solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others.
Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?
Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.
The best of community does give one a deep sense of belonging and well-being; and in that sense community takes away loneliness.
Pay attention to humans, not to your phone.
As we distribute ourselves, we may abandon ourselves.
Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.
It's a highly deceptive world, one that constantly asks you to comment but doesn't really care what you have to say.
Why should I use social media if my human nature is all about envy, jealousy, comparisons and competition?
If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being inspired or not networking, then you are using it wrong.
There's not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.
What is it that is so interesting about what's happening everywhere else but where you are?
Unmoderated content consumption is as dangerous as the consumption of sewage water.
Our social tools are not an improvement to modern society, they are a challenge to it.
Social media is to socializing what masturbating is to sex.
Just as junk food makes you feel both bloated and empty afterward, social snacking only leaves you with much time wasted and more loneliness than before.
It is ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that reducing social media, which promised to help us connect with others, actually helps people feel less lonely and depressed.
Part 1. Technology is seductive when what it offers meets our human vulnerabilities. And as it turns out, we are very vulnerable indeed.
Part 2. We are lonely but fearful of intimacy. Digital connections and the sociable robot may offer the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.
Part 3. Our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we are tethered to each other. We'd rather text than talk.
We fill our days with ongoing connection, denying ourselves time to think and dream.
Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.
We live in nuclear family units, often living large distances away from our extended family and friends, and our growing reliance on social technology rather than face to face interaction is thought to be making us feel more isolated.
There was nothing lonelier than a man with a million friends.
It's okay to be alone, to be sad, to rest and repair. Really.
Loneliness is emptiness begging to be filled.
Sadness is fine. Feeling lonely is fine. Boredom is fine, too. Don't try to escape them. Once they are fully lived, move on to the next thing.
I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.
Frustration stems from focusing on what we don't have. The antidote is appreciating what's already here.
There is also kind of just the abject loneliness that all of us can feel that comes from being disconnected from our roots, and our roots are very tribal.
Life is very interesting. Boredom is a failure of imagination.
When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.
Boredom comes from a boring mind.
The worst you can do when you feel lonely is to hope and wait. When you lose sight of the shore, hoping and waiting will get you nowhere, moving forward will.
My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.
Sometimes the worst place to be is in your head.
Youth always tries to fill the void, an old man learns to live with it.
It's solitary drinking that makes drunkards.
My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.
Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want.
The hardest walk is walking alone, but it's also the walk that makes you the strongest.
I got lost but look what I found.
Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.
The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which makes you lonely.
The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.
Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.
We feel alone, and in this we are connected.
Every single human being who is alive has felt this kind of pain, hopelessness, and loneliness at one time or another. We are all connected through this shared pain and struggle.
Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. We're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.
There is nothing outside of yourself, look within. Everything you want is there - you are That.
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled.
Lonely is not being alone, it's the feeling that no one cares.
As soon as I realized happiness was internal and that I was the only one responsible for it, I stopped feeling lonely.
He who's mind is not steady does not find happiness either amongst the people or in the solitude of the forest. When alone, he longs for company, and when in company, he longs for solitude.
Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.
The crowds poison, too much time and you end up like them. Retreat to yourself. The only safe place.
I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.
Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.
Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust and loneliness.
I am here for you.
You are not alone. Trust me.
I'm a lion in a strange land.
I'm strong because I was lonely.
I might be alone, but I'm never lonely.
Loneliness is one thing, solitude another.
A man thinking or working is always alone.
Where will you find the virtuous man? Alone.
I like to be alone, but I hate being lonely.
If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
If you can't live alone, you were born a slave.
If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.
Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.
Don't feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.
Loneliness, when accepted, is a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life.
Know that even if you feel alone, you are not alone. I, for one, am connected to you because I'm thinking of you, all of you. I'm connected to you because I too have suffered in similar ways. We have shared pain, shared hopelessness, shared loneliness.
I can't take away your pain, but I can offer you two miracles: the love that comes from turning toward other human beings, and the connection we have to everyone on Earth.
The loneliness you feel is actually an opportunity to reconnect with others and yourself.
Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
I am completely a loner. In my head I want to feel I can be anywhere. There is a sort of recklessness that being a loner allows me.
I am thankful to all those who said no. It's because of them, I did it myself.
To be successful, one has to be one of three bees - the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.
The irony of loneliness is we all feel it at the same time ” together.
So you're a little weird? Work it! A little different?
It's ok to feel lonely sometimes. We are human and to feel is to live. Loneliness is a feeling just like any other; happiness, joy etc. If we don't feel lonely sometimes, how would we feel when we are happy and joyous?
It is not easy to be a person of high standards; you have to pay for it. It does, however, make you stand out from the crowd, which alone makes it worth more than its price.
If you want to be in the top 1% of a particular domain, then you can't take your cues from and follow the social norms of 99% of people. This is harder than it sounds. We are wired to imitate. The further you want to climb, the more carefully you need to construct your tribe.
Work in silence. It is the silent work the work done in solitude done purely in principle and conviction driven by a force of purpose that separates men.
There is a guy in the coffee shop sitting alone and drinking coffee like a crazy person. No phone. No laptop. No smart watch. No book. Just coffee. Alone with his thoughts.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
I'm so scared of dying without ever being really seen. Can you understand?
We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?
After 10 years of depression and loneliness, I realized the person I missed the most was not another, but myself.
No one has ever properly understood me, I have never fully understood anyone; and no one understands anyone else.
It is not up to others to protect or help you. You are on your own.
No one is really going to help you or give you direction.
We must all die alone, which really means, that our pain is for us alone to endure. Others can throw us words of encouragement, but in every life, we are out on the ocean drowning in the swell and others, even the nice ones, are standing on the shore, waving cheerily.
Loneliness is the longing for connection.
To feel lonely is to join the rest of humanity in acknowledging the painful reality that we are somehow fundamentally separated from each other, never to be fully understood.
It is better for an exceptional individual to be alone than to be in the mediocrizing influence of those around him. A genius is nourished by his solitary rebellion against the ways of society.
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
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.
Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. Pearl S.
You evolved to hunt and fight and create and connect. Not sit at home and watch TV and cram pizza into your intestines all the damn time. No wonder you feel sad, lonely, and depressed - in fact, it would be surprising if you didn't.
Most people keep eating not because they're hungry, but because they're bored.
A man is born alone and dies alone, and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone, and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
If you want to live a miserable life, then blame everyone for your problems and never take responsibility for anything.
Don't live in a manner that makes you despise being alone with yourself.
People fear the places the undistracted mind might wander too. Much of what people describe as boredom is in fact a fear of stillness. Distraction lets us fill our minds with other voices so we don't have to listen to the inner voice that whispers truths we fear to confront.
Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times.
The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
The price for independence is often isolation and solitude.
Loneliness is a tax we have to pay to atone for a certain complexity of mind.
A high degree of loneliness is an inexorable part of being a sensitive and intelligent human. It's a built-in feature of a complex existence.
Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.
Loneliness is cured by contact with yourself.
Boredom is a defense mechanism to avoid having to sit alone with our unaddressed thoughts.
In the long run, every pain is a gift.
It is the barren silence of winter that makes the birdsong and blossoms of spring so enchanting. Leisure after labor. Company after solitude. Home after a voyage. Contrasts reveal the nature of things. The world is always in flux. Appreciate the season while it lasts.
Alternate between the solitary and the social. Whether alone or with others, keep serenity.
The best way to get approval is not to need it.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Part 1. The wisdom of our language has grasped these two sides of a man's being alone. It has created the word loneliness in order to emphasize the pain of being alone, and it has created the word solitude in order to emphasize the glory of being alone. In daily life, these words are not always distinguished; but we should do it consistently, thus deepening by these very words the understanding of our human predicament.
Part 2. Loneliness can be conquered alone by those who can bear solitude. Let us dare to have solitude ” to face the eternal, to find others, to see ourselves.
Part 1. Modern society gives us incredible flexibility in that we can get away from our crazy family members, and we're not destined to die where we were born or do what our parents did. So we have incredible freedom.
Part 2. But then coming with it is this tremendous loneliness that we try and cover up either through drugs or alcohol, or partying, even trying to find a mission like putting people on Mars. But the reality is a lot of that loneliness just comes from being disconnected from growing up with your tribal environment.
When you're alone, watch your thoughts. When you're successful, watch your ego. When you've got problems, watch your emotions. When you're with the crowds, watch what you say.
What is needed is this, and this alone: solitude, great inner loneliness. Going into oneself and not meeting anyone for hours - that is what one must arrive at.
Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.
Seeking truth is a lonely business.
A life without pain and suffering is like a sea without waves: lifeless. Be rational, take a new perspective and detach yourself, they will pass.
If you are a thoughtful person you are alone in this world. Do not expect anyone to understand you or to share your perspective.
When you let go of the need for respectability and no longer care about your social image, you unchain yourself from the bonds of mediocrity. If you care about what others think you are not free to be yourself. You live a fake life which no amount of outward success can justify.
Chasing after your dreams is lonely. No one will understand your struggles. Such sacrifices are silent and without rewards. You must be content within your own being.
Living alone, though it may not be the state you ultimately desire for yourself, affords an unparalleled opportunity to know yourself, to be yourself, and to develop yourself as a unique and interesting individual.
And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.
Eventually people stop reaching out. Slowly at first. Then all at once.
A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.
Quiet people always know more than they seem. Although very normal, their inner world is by default fronted mysterious and therefore assumed weird. Never underestimate the social awareness and sense of reality in a quiet person; they are some of the most observant, absorbent persons of all.
For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.
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.
I was very often full of rage and despair. I was always lonely. In spite of all that I was and am in love with life.
I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable.
A truly good person is not afraid to think from their heart; therefore, allowing nonconformist decisions, viewpoints, and perspectives to lead their life.
Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.
You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation.
It is when we are alone that we receive the opportunity to build a relationship with who we truly are.