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

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein

Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.
Josh Billings

True happiness is impossible without solitude.... I need solitude in my life as I need food and
drink and the laughter of little children. Extravagant though it may sound, solitude is the filter
of my soul. It nourishes me, and rejuvenates me. Left alone, I discovered that I keep myself
good company.
Sophia Loren

It is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

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.
Rainer Maria Rilke

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Sir Francis Bacon

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

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

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

The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a
haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.
John Lubbock

I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public - talent in privacy.
Marilyn Monroe

The trouble with solitude is that there is no one to share it with.
Robert Byrne

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our
own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness
the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We set up our schools and we set up our work places for maximum group interaction all the
time, thinking that this will enable us to be creative and this is a real misconception, because
solitude is such a crucial ingredient to creativity and we're losing sight of solitude.
Susan Cain

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

If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one
companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness
of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the
same plight.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

I have found nothing half so good
As my long-planned half solitude,
Where I can sit up half the night
With some friend that has the wit
Not to allow his looks to tell
When I am unintelligible.
William Butler Yeats

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who
walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
Albert Einstein

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
Pablo Picasso

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau

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

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

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Albert Camus

Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache
with sorrow.
Kahlil Gibran

I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday
morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.
Audrey Hepburn

I love solitude but I prize it most when company is available.
Saul Bellow

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