Alone & Lonley Quotes (186) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Alone. Separate, apart, or isolated from others:  Single, solitary; unaccompanied, unattended. Alone, lone, lonely, lonesome all imply being without companionship or association. Lonely implies a sad or disquieting
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“It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”
~ Marilyn Monroe

“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

“I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.”
~ Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
~ Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it."
~ John Green

“Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

“The trouble is not really in being alone, it's being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don't you think?”
~ Christine Feehan, Dark Prince

“But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.”
~ Mitch Albom, For One More Day

“Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I have to bang my head against some hard door to call myself back to the body.”
~ Virginia Woolf, The Waves

“Don’t try to hog loneliness and keep it all to yourself. Share it with a special someone.”
~ Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

“I am lost without you. I am soulless, a drifter without a home, a solitary bird in a flight to nowhere. I am all these things, and I am nothing at all. This, my darling, is my life without you. I long for you to show me how to live again.”
~ Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
~ Helen Keller

The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself.
~ Douglas Coupland

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
~ Dag Hammarskjold

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

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

I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.
~ Yousuf Karsh

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.
~ Joseph Conrad

I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone.
~ Cyrano de Bergerac

If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
~ Jean-Paul Sartre

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
~ Albert Einstein

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

Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely.
~ Mortimer Adler

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
~ Henry David Thoreau

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
~ Blaise Pascal

To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
~ Albert Camus

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

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
~ Maya Angelou

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
~ Tennessee Williams

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.
~ Evelyn Waugh

The capacity for not feeling lonely can carry a very real price, that of feeling nothing at all.
~ Douglas Coupland

It is better to be alone than in bad company.
~ George Washington

At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
~ Jean de la Bruyere

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
~ Pearl S. Buck

If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
~ Jean-Paul Sartre

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
~ Henry Miller

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

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
~ Mark Twain

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
~ Paul McCartney

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
~ Lorraine Hansberry

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.
~ Erma Bombeck

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
~ Maya Angelou

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside
~ Anne Frank

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
~ Maya Angelou

Please, don't go. It's lonely. There's a hole in my head as big as the world and it's so very lonely...
~ Alan Moore

People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about.
~ Anton Chekhov

People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in.
~ Margaret Cho

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
~ Albert Einstein

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.
~ Robin Williams

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

There is none more lonely than the man who loves only himself.
~ Abraham ibn Ezra

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
~ George Eliot

A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
~ John Cheever

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
~ Eric Hoffer

Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.
~ Margaret Thatcher

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.
~ Tom Wolfe

All great and precious things are lonely.
~ John Steinbeck

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.
~ Charles M. Schulz

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.
~ Lillian Hellman

I sit between my brother the mountain and my sister the sea. We three are one in loneliness, and the love that binds us together is deep and strong and strange.
~ Khalil Gibran

Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.
~ Joan Collins

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.
~ Joseph Conrad

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
~ Judy Garland

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
~ Germaine Greer

If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
~ Jules Renard

We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
~ Albert Schweitzer

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
~ Henry David Thoreau

You and I share the same DNA. Is there anything more lonely than that?
~ Charlie Kaufman

Be good and you will be lonely.
~ Mark Twain

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
~ Tennessee Williams

There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
~ Mother Teresa

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

It's getting to the point where I am no fun anymore, I am sorry. / Sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud, ' I am lonely.' / I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are, you make it hard.
~ Stephen Stills

Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain.
~ Elizabeth Bowen

All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems to me that we Americans are the loneliest of all. Our hunger for foreign places and new ways has been with us almost like a national disease. Our literature is stamped with a quality of longing and unrest, and our writers have been great wanderers.
~ Carson McCullers

In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.
~ Geoffrey Fisher

It's a dismally lonely business, writing.
~ Toni Cade Bambara

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore.
~ James F. Cooper

Freedom is a lonely battle, but if the United States doesn't lead it - sometimes imperfectly, but mostly with honor - who will?
~ Cal Thomas

Most performers don't admit this, because it sounds negative and performers are not supposed to be negative, but when I was on the road, I was lonely.
~ Tom Glazer

My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
~ Truman Capote

Writing is a lonely business.
~ Sherman Alexie

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
~ Aristotle

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
~ Mother Teresa

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Loneliness is the first thing which God's eye named not good.
~ John Milton

No matter how lonely you get or how many birth announcements you receive, the trick is not to get frightened. There's nothing wrong with being alone.
~ Wendy Wasserstein

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
~ Carson McCullers

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
~ Charlie Chaplin

The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.
~ Mason Cooley

I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.
~ Yousuf Karsh

Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.
~ Eugene O'Neill

I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality, while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
~ Pedro Almodovar

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books that were written because authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
~ Alain de Botton

Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.
~ Robert Frost

One aged man - one man - can't fill a house.
~ Robert Frost

When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.
~ Walter Scott

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.
~ Alice Walker

you'll never be lonely if you learn to be friend your self
~ David Archuleta

Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
~ Vicki Baum

Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.
~ Maya Angelou

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination...
~ Mary Oliver

Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
~ Henry Rollins

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.
~ Haruki Murakami

I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all.
~ Haruki Murakami

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

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.
~ Norman Cousins

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
~ Dag Hammarskjold

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
~ Orson Welles

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
~ Mark Twain

We are born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Everything in-between is a gift.
~ Yul Brynner

It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world s progress has come out of such loneliness.
~ Bruce Barton

No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
~ Georges Bernanos

Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I'm most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.
~ Anne Hathaway

Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.
~ Maya Angelou

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
~ Philip Sidney

The individual has always to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

This world that I live in is empty and cold/the loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul.
~ Waylon Jennings

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

Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.
~ Martha Beck

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
~ Ellen Burstyn

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
~ Bertrand Russell

There's nothing wrong with being fired.
~ Ted Turner

The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself.
~ Mary Balogh

Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness except greed.
~ Thomas Harris

When we truly realize that we are all alone is when we need others the most.
~ Ronald Anthony Cross

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
~ Cyril Connolly

I believe a lot of disease comes from anxiety, loneliness.
~ Tom Cochrane

A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.
~ Lois Lowry

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
~ Dante Alighieri

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

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

Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?
~ Haruki Murakami

A person's heart withers if it does not answer another heart.
~ Pearl S. Buck

To live as true children of God means to love our neighbour and to be close to those who are lonely and in difficulty
~ Pope Francis

My prayer today is to not be negative about anything for one day. It is so easy to be disappointed, critical, cynical. Nothing is easier than to be a negative person. It takes effort to be hopeful and positive. People will say that you have to have a reason to be positive - what reason do the poor or lonely have to be positive? If we all waited for perfect conditions in our life before we felt hopeful, we would have very few days in life to celebrate. Perfection is rare. Hope means no matter how bleak, all things can and do change in the blink of an eye.
~ Caroline Myss

Snuggle in God's arms. When you are hurting, when you feel lonely, left out. let Him cradle you, comfort you, reassure you of His all-sufficient power and love.
~ Kay Arthur

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.
~ Leo Buscaglia

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
~ Dalai Lama

I was feeling lonely without her, but the fact that I could feel lonely at all was consolation. Loneliness wasn't such a bad feeling. It was like the stillness of the pin oak after the little birds had flown off.
~ Haruki Murakami

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Heart is a lonely hunter with only one desire! To find some lasting comfort in the arms of anothers fire...driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, the heart is a lonely hunter when there's no sign of love in sight!
~ Carson McCullers

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
~ Dale Carnegie

At last my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song.
~ Etta James

If you are lonely, please know you can find comfort. If you are discouraged, please know you can find hope. If you are poor in spirit, please know you can be strengthened. If you feel you are broken, please know you can be mended.
~ Jeffrey R. Holland

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

Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.
~ Edna Ferber

arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walks a lonely way.
~ Dale Carnegie

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
~ Henri Nouwen

You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody's one and only.
~ Anne Frank

A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.
~ Carl Sagan

If you have a sick or lonely person at home, be there. Maybe just to hold a hand, maybe just to give a smile, that is the greatest, the most beautiful work.
~ Mother Teresa

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.
~ Ernest Hemingway

My only relief is to sleep. When I'm sleeping, I'm not sad, I'm not angry, I'm not lonely, I'm nothing.
~ Jillian Medoff

Its beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. it means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Let us pray that the Church be holier and more humble, loving God by serving the poor, the lonely and the sick.
~ Pope Francis

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche.
~ Hermann Hesse

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
~ Louisa May Alcott

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
~ Chief Seattle

When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing. No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money. Yet, it was a golden age, for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain. Today it is not quite the same. It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, consumption. Which condition is better for the world at large I shall not venture to discuss. But I do know, that many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.
~ Mark Rothko

I realize, for the first time, how very lonely I've been in the arena. How comforting the presence of another human being can be.
~ Suzanne Collins

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
~ Frederick Buechner

Even if it meant that she had failed, she was glad. And if what she'd wanted had been impossible from the start, still there was a certain lonely comfort in the fact that she'd known it was impossible and had gone ahead and done it anyway.
~ Donna Tartt

It is really hard to be lonely very long in a world of words. Even if you don't have friends somewhere, you still have language, and it will find you and wrap its little syllables around you and suddenly there will be a story to live in.
~ Naomi Shihab Nye

I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.
~ Ernest Hemingway

From that moment on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again.
~ Betty Smith

If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
~ Aldous Huxley

The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.
~ Deb Caletti

We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?
~ David Foster Wallace

I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable
~ Henry Miller

The trouble is not really in being alone, it's being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don't you think?
~ Christine Feehan

She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered 'different.' She did not suffer too much.
~ Betty Smith

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills When all at once I saw a crowd A host of golden daffodils Beside the lake beneath the trees Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
~ William Wordsworth

The only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.
~ David Rakoff


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