Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other. - Rainer Maria Rilke
No person who has not spent a period of his life in those 'stark and sullen solitudes that sentinel the Pole' will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.
We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what. - George Santayana
To love can mean 'to love oneself,' and often love is no more than a juxtaposition of two solitudes. - Pope Paul VI