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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Solitude (80 Quotations)

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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
~ Joseph Addison

 

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A writer who writes, ''I am alone''... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.
~ Maurice Blanchot

 

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The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

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The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.
~ Boufflers

 

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The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.
~ Louis D. Brandeis

 

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Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.
~ Arthur Brisbane

 

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No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.
~ Jackson Browne

 

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In solitude, where we are least alone.
~ Lord Byron

 

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Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
~ Albert Camus

 

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History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
~ Robert Cecil

 

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The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One's stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.
~ Louis-Ferdinand Celine

 

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If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
~ Anton Chekhov

 

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Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.
~ E. M. Cioran

 

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The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
~ Cyril Connolly

 

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Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
~ Abraham Cowley

 

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Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.
~ William Cowper

 

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We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.
~ Edward Dahlberg

 

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