Solitude Quotes

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Top 170 Solitude Quotes

Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man. Walter Benjamin

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle

In solitude I find my answers. Kristen Butler

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Laurence Sterne

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Joseph Roux

Some of us are born to a solitary life. Philippa Gregory

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. Jeanne Moreau

Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one. Frank Miller

If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre

Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not. Anna Neagle

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. Voltaire

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac


As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. Henry David Thoreau

Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone. Marty Rubin

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it. Liv Tyler

It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. Rumi

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.Omar Khayyam

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 is solitude. William Wordsworth

My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people. Patricia Highsmith

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. May Sarton

Solitude is a catalyst for innovation. Susan Cain

By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear. George Herbert

I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else. Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World


Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

Without great solitude no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

Being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. Charles Bukowski, Women

Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness. Leo Babauta

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. Thomas A. Edison

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you. Jonathan safran foer

Loneliness is different than isolation and solitude. Loneliness is a subjective feeling where the connections we need are greater than the connections we have. In the gap, we experience loneliness. It’s distinct from the objective state of isolation, which is determined by the number of people around you. Vivek Murthy

Solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity. Leo Babauta

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once. Robert Browning

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more. Lord Byron

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer


One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. James Russell Lowell

Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. Deepak Chopra

I live in solitude. I have need of solitude to do the next day’s work. I can’t be to parties where the noise tires me. I can’t speak on the telephone. I must have complete calm. Yves Saint Laurent

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. Audrey Hepburn

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt In solitude, where we are least alone. Lord Byron

In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you’ll find peace. In solitude you’ll remember yourself. Robin Sharma

It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other. Henri Nouwen

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. Lao Tzu

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone. Octavio Paz

Solitude helps you find peace. Peace helps you find happiness. Maxime Lagacé

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. Rainer Maria Rilke

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I try to factor solitude into my life because more and more, that’s becoming a very precious and rare commodity. Robyn Davidson

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal


Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. Robert Louis Stevenson

Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. Paolo Coelho

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. Albert Einstein

A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. Rumi

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions. Robert Fulghum

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. Henry David Thoreau

I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in maturity. Albert Einstein

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

I owe my solitude to other people. Alan Watts

He who understands humanity seeks solitude. Ali ibn Abi Talib

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid. Karl Kraus

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Solitude is un-American. Erica Jong

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac

Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option. Keenu Reeves


There is a wilderness we walk alone However well-companioned. Stephen Vincent Benét, Western Star

There is a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends because I’m too content by myself. Drew Barrymore

Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing. Eve Ensler

Life is an island in an ocean of solitude and seclusion. Khalil Gibran

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

I am never less alone than when alone. Cicero

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Solitude is like punctuation. A paragraph without periods and commas would be exhausting to read. Arnie Kozak

I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone. Dimitri Zaik

You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love. Louise Bourgeois

We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being. Hermann Hesse

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. Rainer Maria Rilke

Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. Henry David Thoreau

This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude. Jean de la Bruyère

I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone. Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjold

There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while. Tom Hanks


Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust. Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

I like solitude. I like the anomalous life. I like a quiet life. Eric Clapton

They simply never understand, do they, that sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth? Charles Bukowski

It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me. Jodie Foster

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places. A. R. Rahman

Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude. Miguel de Unamuno

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

Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter. Henri Nouwen

The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic’s terrible. Jeff Taylor

Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once. Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life’s nothingness. Andre Maurois

Not being comfortable alone means you must spend more time alone. Maxime Lagacé

It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude. H. P. Lovecraft

You don’t need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it. Leo Babauta

Your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths. Rainer Maria Rilke

I myself am best when least in company. William Shakespeare

Solitude sometimes is best society. John Milton, Paradise Lost

Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls. Naomi Judd

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo

Some people can’t stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I’m a regular talking machine. It’s all or nothing for me. Celine Dion

Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss. Guru Nanak

I am a bit of a solitude person – a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don’t have any major friendships or relationships with people. Anthony Hopkins

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Nikola Tesla

For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of – to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others… and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve. Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly. Paul Valery

Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments. Stephen Crane

Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first. Wayne Cordeiro

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

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, Letters to a Young Poet

Solitude is the strength of being alone. It’s where we become our best company. Jay Shetty

We need solitude because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts. Tamim Ansary

The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. Thomas Browne

Solitude isn’t loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly. Victoria Erickson

It’s not your enemies who condemn you to solitude, it’s your friends. Milan Kundera

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kakfa

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. Criss Jami, Killosophy

The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction. Allen Ginsberg

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. Wendell Berry

In solitude we realize that nothing human is alien to us. Henri J.M. Nouwen. Quotes about Solitude

In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Ayn Rand

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Some people don’t like long bus rides, but I love them. There’s sort of a sense of solitude. Sam Hunt

Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor play to stay. Josh Billings

Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace. Nikki Rowe

I suffer from life and from other people. I can’t look at reality face to face. Even the sun discourages and depresses me. Only at night and all alone, withdrawn, forgotten and lost, with no connection to anything real or useful — only then do I find myself and feel comforted. Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

We talk of communing with Nature, but ’tis with ourselves we commune… Nature furnishes the conditions – the solitude – and the soul furnishes the entertainment. John Burroughs

Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realise how peaceful and calm it is. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy. Jim Carrey


Like dry ground welcoming the rain, he let the solitude, silence, and loneliness soak in. Haruki Murakami

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self. May Sarton

It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me. Jodie Foster

Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness. Alfred North Whitehead

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 same plight. Leonardo da Vinci

In solitude, listen to your heart, for at that moment, it speaks nothing but the truth. Michael Bassey Johnson

He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted. Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

The strongest reason for giving woman all the opportunities for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, her forces of mind and body… is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. Helen Hayes

Solitude is like a riverbank where the truth is waiting for you with a boat. Shunya

Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude. Proust-M

Solitude is better than the society of evil persons. Abu Bakr

Solitude will teach you how to navigate your inner dialogue. In the space of silence you hear clearly, the voice of your own soul. Nikki Rowe

Solitude is the attribute of the strong. The weak is always found in the crowd.

Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow. Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings

Look, if I were alone in the world, I would have the right to choose despair, solitude and self-fulfillment. But I am not alone. Elie Wiesel

Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought. Tom Hanks

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