Quotes - On Solitude & Loneliness

“I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps but other people emphasize my loneliness.”

— Anais Nin

“Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”

— Albert Einstein

“Silence and solitude, the soul’s best friends.”

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.”

— John Muir

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”

— Picasso

“People are lonely. The network is seductive. But if we are always on, we may deny ourselves the rewards of solitude.”

— Excerpt From: Turkle, Sherry. “Alone Together.”

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe And you need to be.”

— Albert Camus, from “Notebooks, 1951-1959”.

“My independence, which is my strength, implies my loneliness, which is weakness.”

— Pier Paolo Pasolini

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.”

— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”

— Daphne du Maurier