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Despite its prevalence, living alone is one of the least discussed and, consequently, most poorly understood issues of our time.

We talk of communing with Nature, but 'tis with ourselves we commune... Nature furnishes the conditions - the solitude - and the soul furnishes the entertainment.

Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it.

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

He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.

Solitude is independence. I'm not anti-social. I'm pro-solitude.

Being solitary isn't a disease that needs a cure.

Being an introvert becomes awesome the day you discover you're not the only one who truly loves solitude.

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.

For a long time now, every meeting with another human being has been a collision. I feel too much, sense too much, am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation.

I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one's work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary.

I must try to live austerely, as Plato did. How can one keep one's enthusiasm concentrated on a subject when one is always at the mercy of other people and in constant need of their society?

We treat with dark suspicion anyone who uses one of the most clearly established methods of developing that creativity ” solitude.

Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.

All creative work must be done by shutting out the outside world, sitting down, and creating.

Alone is hard. Together is better.

Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus.

The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it's only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul.

When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer-say, traveling in a carriage or walking after a good meal or during the night when I cannot sleep-it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly.

On creative people: His most significant moments are those in which he attains some new insight, or makes some new discovery; and these moments are chiefly, if not invariably, those in which he is alone.

Learn to build and learn to sell. Building can be programming, engineering, writing, etc - best learned alone. Selling is persuasion, public speaking, psychology, etc - best learned in the field.

The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.

The patience of making art is a lonely patience ” one that demands the solitude essential for creative work, be it art or science, so widely recognized by creators across time and discipline.

Writing is a lonely occupation at best. Of course there are stimulating and even happy associations with friends and colleagues, but during the actual work of creation the writer cuts himself off from all others and confronts his subject alone. He* moves into a realm where he has never been before ” perhaps where no one has ever been. It is a lonely place, even a little frightening.

A writer's occupation is one of the loneliest in the world, even if the loneliness is only an inner solitude and isolation, for that he must have at times if he is to be truly creative.

Genius-level work gets done away from the office. Solitude births brilliance. So get quiet. And start producing real work versus fake work.

Creativity breeds amid solitude versus noise.

Go out and walk. That is the glory of life.

I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore.

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

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.

The hardest walk you can make, is the walk you make alone, but that is the walk that makes you the strongest.

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.

It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky... a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.

No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom... No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild.

What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone in the forest at night.

An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky.

We are less bored than our ancestors were, but we are more afraid of boredom.

Having the discipline to step back from the noise of the world is essential to staying focused.

Equip yourself with diligence and your boredom will be silenced.

Solitude brings on creativity. Stillness delivers productivity. And quiet breeds genius.

Solitude allows you to think. And to get to know who you truly are. With that awareness, you can elevate.

Total solitude is needed to pursue a line of thought. A little interruption, and you are lost. The trance is over, the magic gone. You may recover the rudiments of what you were thinking. But that unique excursion into the realm of thought with its rich intricacy is lost forever.

A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow processes of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase.

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.

It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.

I just feel that there isn't enough silence, you know, and I'm always asking people if they can just give some silence.

An artist has to understand silence. An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work. Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean.

In our noisy, busy world, the importance of developing the life skill of solitude, meditation, and quietly being with oneself can not be overstated.

One problem with our complicated lives these days is that many of us never find time to spend alone, in peace, without being bombarded with noise and information.

There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind.

I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness.

There's no time for solitude and quiet contemplation, and as a result, we have stress and anxiety and depression and repression.

The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.

Can you sit alone in an empty room? Can you enjoy the joy of quiet?

Listen, watch, learn about yourself. Find contentment. Need nothing more.

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.

Genuine tranquility of the heart and perfect peace of mind, the highest blessings on earth after health, are to be found only in solitude and, as a permanent disposition, only in the deepest seclusion.

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least ” and it is commonly more than that ” sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.

For it may be said, in general, that every man will love or hate solitude ” in other words, his own society ” just in proportion as he is worth anything in himself.

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.

So afraid one is of loneliness; of seeing to the bottom of the vessel.

Too much of a good thing and you become blind about it. To truly appreciate solitude, balance it with un-solitude.

At any moment solitude may put on the face of loneliness.

The psychoemotional line between solitude and loneliness can be as thin as a razor's edge and as lacerating to the soul.

If solitude fertilizes the imagination, loneliness vacuums it of vitality and sands the baseboards of the spirit with the scratchy restlessness of longing ” for connection, for communion, for escape.

We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.

Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace.

You're not alone; you're not forgotten. God has you in the palm of His hand.

The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.

Don't be afraid of losing people. Be afraid of losing yourself by trying to please everyone around you.

My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there.

Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.

We tend to see aloneness as bleak, depressing, scary. But it can be seen as freeing, as an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to get to know yourself.

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.

I thought loving solitude was bad until I discovered a whole new world in it.

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.

As a society moves from scarcity to abundance, the cultural value that is most likely to be underdeveloped is restraint.

Deep understanding requires deep thinking which requires focused time alone, away from the chatter of people online and offline. It requires staying with a single thought for a long time, focusing on it and developing it. In solitude is the genesis of great ideas.

Aloneness is obviously not isolation, and it is not uniqueness. To be unique is merely to be exceptional in some way, whereas to be completely alone demands extraordinary sensitivity, intelligence, understanding.

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

The value of solitude - one of its values - is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within, just as there is nothing to help balance at times of particular stress or depression.

To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do to this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.

We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?

Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn't have to be a lonely kind of thing.

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.

Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude.

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

No person can achieve significance alone.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

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

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

The things we experience for ourselves when we are alone are much stronger and much fresher.

It's okay if you discover you love being alone. Who says you should not?

There is no place more intimate than the spirit alone: It finds a lovely certainty in the evening and the morning.

I simply adore being alone - I find it a consuming thirst - and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy.

Solitude is my element, and the reason is that extreme awareness of other people... precludes awareness of one's self so that after a while the self no longer knows that it exists.

The best things in life happen to you when you're alone.

In certain circumstances, being outside, not fitting in, can be a source of satisfaction, even pleasure.

The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are.

Our unhappiness arises from one thing only, that we cannot be comfortably alone in our room. That is why the pleasure of solitude is seen as so incomprehensible.

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.

I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible.

Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.

There is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear, and almost everyone has hours when he would gladly exchange it for any kind of sociability, however trivial or cheap, for the tiniest outward agreement with the first person who comes along.

I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom.

Think of the blessings that await you, not of the emptiness that drives you to seek constant distraction.

Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality.

We aren't lonely because we are alone; we are lonely because we have failed in our solitude.

There's only one very good life and that's the life you know you want and you make it yourself.

You alone decide what thoughts and beliefs you let into your life. For they will shape whether you feel rich or poor, cursed or blessed.

Find time each day to be alone, for your mental health, by stealing pockets of time from other areas of your life.

Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.

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

Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one.

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

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

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

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.

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

I myself am best when least in company.

In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you'll find peace. In solitude you'll remember yourself.

A well-ordered mind is at home with solitude.

Not being comfortable alone means you must spend more time alone.

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.

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

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

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

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

I am never less alone than when alone.

Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.

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

Solitude is the attribute of the strong. The weak is always found in the crowd.

Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.

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

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

Society is no comfort, to one not sociable.

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

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.

That is why I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody's cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul and I grow angry with everybody and fear everybody.

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.

Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows.

It would do the world good if every person would compel himself to often be alone. Most of the world's progress has come from such.

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.

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

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

Solitude sometimes is best society.

Some of us are born to a solitary life.

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.

Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

You only grow when you are alone.

Disappear. Then, come back even better.

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

Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind.

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

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

Be so relaxed that nothing and nobody can affect you. You're above that.

We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own.

It is much better to walk alone, in the right direction, than to follow the herd, walking in the wrong direction.

Let others worry about being socially acceptable; those types are a dime a dozen, and you are after a power greater than they can imagine.

The line between isolation and solitude can be a fine one.

I'm in the right place, wrong time? That's how I feel everyday.

Whatever you're going through... you are not alone.

Now I become myself. It's taken time, many years and places.

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.

True bravery is doing what is right even when it's not popular.

You will find your truly bold and original ideas when you're calm. The crowd is mostly reactive and emotional. Be proactive and independent.

Life comes in clusters, clusters of solitude, then a cluster when there is hardly time to breathe.

Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness.

Fix all your attention on your own path, and do not imitate others. Your life is unique, and your karma is yours alone.

Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul. You are always being lured away by foolish distractions. Seek solitude. If your life is well ordered your health will not suffer.

The completely independent man would live in a cabin in the woods”free to come & go as he pleased, but he would have no power.

To achieve something otherworldly. There can be no competing influence. The mind seeks distraction like a mosquito seeks blood. A man with isolationist tendencies carries an enormous advantage.

Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!

Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.

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

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

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.

Decisive moment: the one when you will be really alone. And it is perhaps this that makes her hesitate: not the void, but the vastness of the solitude. It's as well if you are frightened of solitude. It's a sign that you have come to the moment of your birth.

We have come to know, or rather to believe, that boredom is not part of the natural lot of man, but can be avoided by a sufficiently vigorous pursuit of excitement.

Solitude is as much an intrinsic desire in man as his gregariousness. Hermits, solitary thinkers, independent spirits, recluses, although often stigmatized in the modern world, are healthy expressions of man's dialogue with himself.

The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit.

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

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

I am alternately very gregarious - very sociable - and then very solitary.

Alone, there's no need for an itinerary. Walk, and the day arranges itself.

In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude.

Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.

It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.

One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship!

Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.

Despite my need for action, I need calm. Despite my need for love, I need solitude.

Experiment. Live a little. And remember that the fear of absence is the surest sign that absence is direly needed.

The final word is love... To love we must know each other... and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more.

Your bad love of yourselves makes solitude a prison to you. But let this be your honor: always to love more than you are loved and never to be second in this.

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.

You don't get together to be alone.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.

When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority.

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.

The first teacher is your parents. The second is your friends. The best is nature.

We have to be wholly at peace with the prospect of many years of solitude in order to be appropriately picky; otherwise, we risk loving no longer being single rather more than we love the partner who spared us that fate.

We're simply not here to go it alone. Only through relating constructively with others do we self-actualize.

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

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.

We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves.

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.

If you love a flower, don't pick one. If you pick it, it dies and ceases to be what you love. So, if you love a flower, let it be.

Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.

This quiet ongoing solitude of mine is how I say I miss you without admitting it out loud.

Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.

Just as love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist.

Without solitude, love will not stay long by your side.

Friendship brings excitement, connection, fun and memories. Being alone creates calm, inspiration and another kind of connection.

An affinity for solitude is comparable only to one's affinity for certain other people. And yet one's first experience of solitude, like one's first experience of the other, is fraught with danger.

Solitude, a rest from responsibilities, and peace of mind, will do you more good than the atmosphere of the studio and the conversations which, generally speaking, are a waste of time.

Collaboration and connecting with others is a beautiful thing, but in the end, creation is done in solitude.

Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but instead makes real fellowship possible.

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

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

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.

People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.

It's okay if every weekend doesn't lead to big moments and campfires and laughter that carries on for hours and hours. Some weekends might be quiet, still, with plenty of room to contemplate. And in that contemplation room, there is room to grow.

Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it's a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.

Writing is a tribute to solitude. It is choosing introversion over extroversion, lonely hours/days/weeks/years over fun and sociability.

Say no when you don't want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees.

Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you're doing here.

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

Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone.

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

I like being alone. I have control over my own shit.

The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act.

To write your most beautiful piece you'll need huge blocks of time, dedicated and focused work, passion and most of all, solitude.

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

The more outside noise you consume, the more your inner voice is suppressed. Silence and solitude foster creativity.

The impulse to create begins ” often terribly and fearfully ” in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence.

Pursuing originality, the would-be creator works alone. In loneliness one assumes a responsibility for oneself that one cannot fulfill.

Block out a few minutes each day to be alone and do nothing at all.

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.

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.

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.

He who understands humanity seeks solitude.

Solitude is a kind of freedom.

The more solitude, the more peace.

The more solitude, the simpler it is.

Fire is a good companion for the mind.

Be alone and be happy with yourself.

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

Solitude is un-American.

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One's inner voices become audible... In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives.

You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society.

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

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.

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

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.

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

In the solitude of your dreams grows the flame that will bring the light to this world.

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

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

Solitude is the soul's holiday.

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.

Leave me alone, I'm trying to build! Don't you know how people build?

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.

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

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

I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have.

Life is an island in an ocean of solitude and seclusion.

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

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

It is the barren silence of winter that makes the birdsong and blossoms of spring so enchanting.

You need the rain to appreciate the sun, darkness to appreciate light, people to appreciate solitude.

They simply never understand, do they, that sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth?

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

Our perpetually networked selves cling to constant communication in an effort to avoid the deep-seated sense of loneliness we so dread.

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

The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god.

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

If you can't stand solitude, maybe you bore others too.

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

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

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

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.

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others & the world remains & is immortal.

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death ” ourselves.

This task is yours and yours alone.

I don't mind being alone. I just don't want to be part of the crowd.

To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone.

If truth is what you seek, then the examined life will only take you on a long ride to the limits of solitude and leave you by the side of the road with your truth and nothing else.

Let me tell you this: 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.

I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space where the soul breathes and work can be done. Solitude exposes the nerve, Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it.

If the blissful connection of a counterpart is the apex of all human emotion, why am I so happy so stand alone and feel the breeze?

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

A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.

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

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

I've often been with someone and wished I was alone. I've never been alone and wished I was not.

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

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