Solitude quotes page 1
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.
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
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
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.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
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.
I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public - talent in privacy.
The trouble with solitude is that there is no one to share it with.
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.
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.
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
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.
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
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
Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
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.
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?
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache
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.
I love solitude but I prize it most when company is available.