Quotation Explorer - 'Solitude'

It is a frightful satire and an epigram on the modern age that the only use it knows for solitude is to make it a punishment, a jail sentence. - Søren Kierkegaard
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. - Harold Bloom
I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man. - Franz Kafka
I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else's story, the delicious ache of a last page. - Naomi Shihab Nye
It's not your enemies who condemn you to solitude, it's your friends - Milan Kundera
Solitude I seek. In solitude, I live. - Borgohain J.
Few artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests. - Arthur C. Clarke
Solitude, solitude. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Religion is what you do with your solitude. - William Temple
It is really a matter of ending this silence and solitude, of breathing and stretching one's arms again. - Mark Rothko
By standing respectfully and faithfully at the borders of another’s solitude, we may mediate the love of God to a person who needs something deeper than any human being can give. - Parker J. Palmer
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. - Aristotle
A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. - Don DeLillo
and angle of vision, dust, gravity, solitude, and the part of the law which is the world's waitingand the part of the law which is my waiting,and the part which is my impatience—now; now?—though there are, there really arethings in the world, you must believe me. - Jorie Graham
Gratitude does not mean the absence of solitude, but the presence of a positive attitude in spite of. - Gift Gugu Mona
Writing is a lonely business, which if allowed publicity and socializing it might deteriorate. Supportive people understand the need of a writer to withdraw to the solitude of oneself. - Gloria D. Gonsalves
Solitude became, for me, an interesting mosaic of broken pieces, a place where the neglected parts of myself get collected—for better and for worse, sometimes barely tolerated and sometimes arranged into lovely patterns. - Laurie A. Helgoe
Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them. - Rainer Maria Rilke
You can be in love with solitude; it won’t last long! You can be in love with crowds; it won’t last long! - Mehmet Murat ildan
In solitude, you will find yourself; in crowds, you will find others! You need both of them: Solitude and crowds; yourself and others! Without others, what to do with yourself? Without yourself, what to do with others? - Mehmet Murat ildan
This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! - William Wilberforce
The great omission in American life is solitude. . . that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit. - Marya Mannes
But the truth was that he died from solitude, the enemy known but to few on this Earth, and whom only the simplest of us are fit to withstand. The brilliant Costaguanaro of the boulevards had died from solitude and want of faith in himself and others. - Joseph Conrad
Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. - Dag Hammarskjöld
If that which we have found is the corruption of solitude, then what can men wish for save corruption? If this is the great evil of being alone, than what is good and what is evil? - Ayn Rand
Can you be alone without being lonely? Can you spend time by yourself without craving noise or company of other people? Have you discovered the glory of quiet time spent alone, time spent listening to your soul? Solitude brings with it gifts that come from nowhere else. - Steve Goodier
In the desert a fountain is springing, In the wide waste there still is a tree, And a bird in the solitude singing, Which speaks to my spirit of thee. - Lord Byron
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude - Arthur Schopenhauer
If you can overcome the occasional angst, you may have the chance to see some interesting things, perhaps the same things the tour buses bring people to see, but purified by solitude, if you will. In any case, do not stay in the hotel room. That is the only place you are vulnerable. - James Salter
Dedicate your life to solitude and mortify your members which are upon the earth. - Compton Gage
La solitude est une belle chose; mais il faut quelqu'un pour vous dire que la solitude est une belle chose. - Honoré de Balzac
I can be alone without being lonely. In fact, those times of solitude are necessary respite for a beleaguered soul, set upon by the pressures of life. I need to take whatever moments I can to just be still. - Steve Goodier
Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace. - Nikki Rowe
Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity. - Ingmar Bergman
Find a secret place and be unreachable! And then, in the silence of solitude, the things you cannot reach in the crowds will meet you there! - Mehmet Murat ildan
In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think. - Henry David Thoreau
Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid. - Karl Kraus
I find my solitude between people when they were many and I was alone. - Ali Rezavand Zayeri
To get matured, you must have an education in the School of Solitude! - Mehmet Murat ildan
A simple and sincerely hardworking person spending most of time in solitude with an utmost simplicity is a hope for everyone. - Anuj Somany
Solitude was a spell that freed her. - Robert Crais
my dearest agony let us be together, i am not seasoned for this solitude. - Nation C White
Much better stay in company!To love you must have someone else,Giving requires a legatee,Good neighbours need whole parishfulsOf folk to do it on - in short,Our virtues are all social; if,Deprived of solitude, you chafe,It's clear you're not the virtuous sort. - Philip Larkin
Bien sûr on a des chagrins d’amour, mais on a surtout des chagrins de soi-même. Finalement la vie n’est qu’une affaire de solitude. - Françoise Sagan
In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. - Rollo May
Solitude and retirement cherish grief, employment and exertion are the only means of dissipating it. - Lord Melbourne
Humans are all too happy to keep company until the company turns out to be less appealing than solitude. - Thor Benson
There is a solitude, or perhaps a solemnity, in the few hours that precede the dawn of day which is unlike that of any others in the twenty-four, and which I cannot explain or account for. Thoughts come to me at this time that I never have at any other. - George Bird Grinnell
The importance of solitude is to help you to differentiate your own thoughts from those you have studied, read, heard, or unintentionally absorbed. - Tonya Sheridan
In solitude, you accumulate energy to spend in crowds; and in crowds, you accumulate energy to spend in solitude! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Set a daily solitude time for reflection and rethinking. - Lailah Gifty Akita
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. - Albert Einstein
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude. - Marcel Proust
Live in the midst of q crowd, but think like you're in the solitude. - Debasish Mridha
When The Pyramid falls, the other cities will follow in short order. Nature's balance will be restored and Man will finally return to solitude. - Compton Gage
However, the serious seeker of detachment will have to embrace the Holy Trinity of Ss - Solitude, Stillness and Silence - and reject the new religion of Commotionism, which believes that the meaning of life is constant company, movement and noise. - Michael Foley
Solitude was my only consolation - deep, dark, deathlike solitude. - Mary Shelley
Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone. - Marty Rubin
Solitude is not a port to drop anchor, but only a port to rest for a while! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
How difficult it is to find solitude in a world that constantly demands your attention. - Joyce Rachelle
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. - Rainer Maria Rilke
When you are alone, bless the solitude; when you are with someone, bless the togetherness! Think of the seagull: It flies alone happily; it flies with another happily too! Solitude is a food; togetherness is a food; man needs both and he must be happy with both! - Mehmet Murat ildan
I think solitude is a really positive thing. I cherish solitude immensely. In today’s society, there’s so much pressure to communicate, eat out, be friends with people. Why can’t you read a book on your own? Why have you got to have a book club? - Nicky Wire
You can do beautiful things with your friends; you can do beautiful things when you are all alone! In togetherness, listen to the music of the crowds; in solitude, listen to the music of the silence! Be neither afraid of the crowds, nor of the loneliness, because both are blessings! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Solitude is sanity. - Lailah Gifty Akita
In solitude we realize that nothing human is alien to us. - Henri J.M. Nouwen
In solitude, you listen to the sacred voice. - Lailah Gifty Akita
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
Just take my hand, lead, dance with me...and I will simply follow the blueness of the water, the white waves rolling free...where the earth beneath my feet and stars make my heart whole again...in long and priceless moments of shared solitude... - Oksana Rus
Thinking is a way of condemning oneself to solitude. - Marty Rubin
Solitude, a time for memories, a time to dream, a time for passions to simmer quietly in the dark recesses of the mind, eager to fly yet merely reflections in the minds eye... - Virginia Alison
Every day solitude for a particular time period is a good way to refresh physically and is a great opportunity to rise spiritually! - Mehmet Murat ildan
...still, I’m lucky: I feast on solitude, I will never miss the crowd. I could read the great books but the great books don’t interest me. I sit in bed and wait for the whole thing to go one way or the other. just like everybody else. - Charles Bukowski
Your bad love of yourselves makes solitude a prison to you. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Tried a lot,but can't find a companion like you my dear solitude. Let us shake our hands again. - sandeep bhat
Solitude is a catalyst for innovation - Mahatma Gandhi
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness. - Seneca
If solitude feels painful, it's only because we don't know how to be alone. - Michael Harris
The law of nature is alternation for evermore. Each electrical state superinduces the opposite. The soul environs itself with friends, that it may enter into a grander self-acquaintance or solitude; and it goes alone for a season, that it may exalt its conversation or society. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love is a shared solitude. - Marty Rubin
The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude. - James Russell Lowell
Everybody in the world wants to be understood and to have others appreciate them.Being different is scary. Solitude is pain and loneliness. - Mizuki Nomura
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. - Anaïs Nin
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Bertrand Russell
I learned...that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. - Brenda Ueland
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character. - Marie Henri Beyle
Go slow, my life, go slow. Let me enjoy the beauty of silence, serenity, and solitude. - Debasish Mridha
People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory. - Karl Lagerfeld
Solitude is the furnace in which transformation takes place. - Henri J.M. Nouwen
I wished a companion to lie near me in the starlight, silent and not moving, but ever within touch. For there is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. - Robert Louis Stevenson
In solitude, you listen to sacred voice. - Lailah Gifty Akita
When alone, concentrate on the fruits of the solitude, not on the poisons of it! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Solitude is such a potential thing. We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition . . . - Amelia E. Barr
My wilderness training was 4 years and 10 months of solitude, search and study. - Lailah Gifty Akita
True happiness is impossible without solitude. The fallen angel probably betrayed God because he longed for solitude, which angels do not know. - Anton Chekhov
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. - Franz Kafka
Solitude helps the soul remember that life andwork have two completely different meanings. It remindsus that we were created for greatness in relationship withothers, not task lists and spreadsheets. - Angela L Craig
How great are the advantages of solitude! -- How sublime is the silence of nature's ever-active energies? There is something in the very name of wilderness, which charms the ear, and soothes the spirit of man. There is religion in it. - Estwick Evans
Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man. - Walter Benjamin
Solitude is the biggest medicine for once peace, It makes your heart pure and calm. - Debolina Bhawal
I would have dearly liked to close the French doors between us for a bit of peace, but Mam wouldn't allow it; she said that solitude would give me ideas and the last thing a boy of my age needed was ideas. - John Boyne
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression. - Henry Home
To ease the loneliness of the bridges, visit them sometimes! The forgotten ones must be remembered! Create some memories with them so that they will feel themselves less lonely! Memories are the enemies of solitude. - Mehmet Murat ildan
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. - Gian Vincenzo Gravina
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. - Sir Francis Bacon
If you are lonely, you feel separated from everybody. If you are in solitude, you feel you are in contact with the entire universe. - Siren Waroe
In solitude, you will find the soul. - Lailah Gifty Akita
All the same, a seductive voice from afar kept breaking into her conjugal peace: it was the voice of solitude. She closed her eyes and listened to the sound of a hunting horn coming from the depths of distant forests. There were paths in those forests... - Milan Kundera
After long reflection in solitude and meditation, I suddenly had the idea, during the year 1923, that the discovery made by in 1905 should be generalised by extending it to all material particles and notably to electrons. Louis de Broglie - Einstein
In a soulmate we find not company, but a completed solitude. - Robert Brault
Today, in the face of abjection and solitude, his heart said: 'No'. And in the great distress that washed over him, Mersault realised that his rebellion was the only authentic thing in him, and that everything elsewhere was misery and submission". - Albert Camus
Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self. - May Sarton
Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there. - Meister Eckhart
Live in the midst of a crowd, but think like you're in the solitude. - Debasish Mridha
There is a solitude, which each and every one of us has always carried with him, more inaccessible than the ice-cold mountains, more profound than the midnight sea; the solitude of self. Our inner being, which we call ourself, no eye nor touch of man or angel has ever pierced. - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Solitude awakes the soul to spiritual realms. - Lailah Gifty Akita
There's great power in not fearing solitude. You don't allow yourself to be treated like crap because you're afraid of the alternative. - S. Usher Evans
The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life. - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
The lonely tree keeps on searching for its solitude to end.....Why does the tree keep growing even when left alone, does it still want to survive, even when it knows it will remain in solitude 'till the last day...? - Nina LG
Solitude is a temple for me. - M. T. Panchal
In times of solitude, we are still to hear the voice of God. - Lailah Gifty Akita
I must stay alone and know that I am alone to contemplate and feel nature in full; I have to surrender myself to what encircles me, I have to merge with my clouds and rocks in order to be what I am. Solitude is indispensible for my dialogue with nature. - Caspar David Friedrich
There are days when solitude, for someone my age, 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. - Colette
I fear I've become a "confirmed solitary" after all, despite everyone's best attempts at getting me more socialized. One becomes accustomed to one's solitude, and it begins to seem rather phony to try to reach out. - Louisa Hall
I covet solitude and storms…and rain, with its geography of dark silence and distance - John J. Geddes
For every writer, there is a challenge of time that is only magnified in the solitude of the work. - E. Obeng-Amoako Edmonds
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
There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker.
I fear that moments of quietude are on the endangered list; right behind solitude. - Nanette L. Avery
She was waiting, but she didn't know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the penetrating cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart. - Albert Camus
The secret prayer chamber is a bloody battleground. Here violent and decisive battles are fought out. Here the fate of souls for time and eternity is determined, in quietude and solitude. - Ole Hallesby
I choose solitude over cold kisses. If it isn't love, it is poison. - Anita Krizzan
Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. - Honoré de Balzac
It sometimes takes a state of solitude to bring to mind the real power of companionship. - Stephen Richards
Everyday, spend some time in solitude to repair the damages done by the crowds! - Mehmet Murat ildan
It's bad to be unable to stand solitude. - Leo Tolstoy
I told her it takesa lot of solitude to write a poem.She told me it takes a lot of solitudeto die. - Ronald Baatz
Marriage is the ultimate solitude with minimal privacy. - Nelson Rodrigues
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude. - Joseph Addison
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. - Sir Francis Bacon
...the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Solitude is an unmarked place beyond the borders of the map, a place where most fear to tread. It’s no surprise, then, that this is where the greatest secrets and most valuable treasures are hidden. - Cristen Rodgers
I owe my solitude to other people. - Alan W. Watts
Only a few have learned to savor the significance of solitude. Those who can glory in being alone on occasion are the saint or poet or explorer. - William P. Barker
People underestimate the stars and the connectedness they bring between spirit and matter. More often than not, when lost, we seek solitude in staring into the darkness hoping something speaks back to us, usually through a feeling, a thought or a rare occurrence of a shooting star. - Nikki Rowe
Solitude the space between thinking from Cinderella In Focus. - H.L. Balcomb
Solitude is the rebel of the freedom. - Mehmet Murat ildan
It was either the chaos of a crowd of thoughts or the silence of solitude... nothing in between.. - Sanhita Baruah
Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
my heart, sometimes singing in the afternoon, the most haunting song of solitude - John J. Geddes
Now I have to lie on the bed for a few minutes and let the solitude gather round me once more. - Martin Amis
In solitude every fear, every longing, becomes exaggerated. - Marty Rubin
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly - Paul Valéry
But give thanks, at least, that you still have Frost's poems; and when you feel the need of solitude, retreat to the companionship of moon, water, hills and trees. Retreat, he reminds us, should not be confused with escape. And take these poems along for good luck! - Robert Graves
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. - Thomas Browne
The power to bring me out of solitude - or to push me back into it - had never belonged to another person. It was mine and only mine. - Martha Beck
To be a member of such a crowd ... is not much to be far removed from solitude; the freedom of everyone is assured by the freedom to which everyone else lays claim. - Rémy de Gourmont
My alone doesn't always feel good, but I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude - Introvertly Bubbly
Personne n'entend ceux qui disent vouloir être seuls. La volonté de solitude, c'est forcément une pulsion morbide. - David Foenkinos
What we [writers] do might be done in solitude and with great desperation, but it tends to produce exactly the opposite. It tends to produce community and in many people hope and joy. - Junot Díaz
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
There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle... Perhaps... - Jean-Pierre Melville
If man will understand the real essence of staying in the solitude with his Maker alone, he will never spend all his time with the crowd always - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
...there is something which impresses the mind with awe in the shade and silence of these vast forests. In the deep solitude, alone with nature, we converse with God. - Thaddeus Mason Harris
I descended into solitude so thick that conversations with repairmen became anxious social occasions. - Louisa Hall
Solitude is the path to visit yourself, it is the path to yourself! - Mehmet Murat ildan
I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don't get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next. - Henry David Thoreau
When from our better selves we have too longBeen parted by the hurrying world, and droop,Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,How gracious, how benign, is Solitude - William Wordsworth
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. - Aldous Huxley
I am not alone even in solitude. - Debasish Mridha
Clara looked at Maria and tried to understand what she must do so that Maria would be able to see her. But the little French girl cast all around her the bronze of infinite solitude. - Muriel Barbery
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