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Religion, therefore, as I now ask you arbitrarily to take it, shall mean for us the feelings, acts,
and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to
stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.
William James

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

Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.
Marcel Proust

Better be alone than have a false friend for company.
English proverb

Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond
which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.
Anais Nin

If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek
in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I
should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to
fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape
a misery worse than any physical deprivation.
Helen Keller

Solitude sometimes is best society.
John Milton

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more
I will respect myself.
Charlotte Bronte

I never said, "I want to be alone." I only said "I want to be let alone!" There is all the
Greta Garbo

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body,
nourishment and refreshment.
William Penn

By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.
George Herbert

If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.
Jean-Paul Sartre

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.
Kazuo Ishiguro

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

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

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

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.
Jodi Picoult

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

A lonely day is God's way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.
Criss Jami

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

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.
Hermann Hesse

When I'm by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Not just a part of someone
Jean Culligan

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
Franz Kafka

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

Every kind of creative work demands solitude, and being alone, constructively alone, is a
prerequisite for every phase of the creative process.
Barbara Powell

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

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