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Solitude quotes

There is convincing evidence that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need. Just as humans posses a herding instinct that keeps us close to others most of the time, we also have a conflicting drive to seek out solitude. If the distance between ourselves and others becomes too great, we experience isolation and alienation, yet if the proximity to others becomes too close, we feel smothered and trapped.

- Kottler, Jeffrey

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

- Chekhov, Anton

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.

- Smith, Sydney

I'm still the little southern girl from the wrong side of the tracks who really didn't feel like she belonged.

- Dunaway, Faye

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.

- Robert Cecil

No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as'what a man does with his solitude.'

- C. S. Lewis

Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.

- Conrad, Joseph

In solitude, be a multitude to thyself.

- Albius Tibullus

Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority.

- Young, Edward

In solitude, be a multitude to thyself. Tibullus by all means use sometimes to be alone.

- Herbert, George

Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.

- Ginsberg, Allen

One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.

- Marie Henri Beyle

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude.

- Wordsworth, William

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

- Dahlberg, Edward

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

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

- Thoreau, Henry David

Two Paradises t'were in one, to live in Paradise alone.

- Marvell, Andrew

We are all prone to the malady of the introvert who, with the manifold spectacle of the world spread out before him, turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within. But let us not imagine there is anything grand about the introvert's unhappiness.

- Russell, Bertrand

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

- Brandeis, Louis D.

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