Solitude Quotes (49) Spiritual Sayings
Summary: Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation. Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy. A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense solitude is positive.
Delight in mediation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker. ~ Buddha I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. ~ Albert Einstein The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe When you're alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown. ~ Tony Hatch Solitude is independence. ~ Hermann Hesse Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. ~ Lao Tsu When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself. ~ Montaigne Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among our friends and an armor against enemies. ~ Muhammad 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 Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. ~ May Sarton 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 The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. ~ Mark Twain Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. ~ John Updike The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. ~ Voltaire For one who is indifferent, life itself is a prison. Any sense of community is external or, even worse, nonexistent. Thus, indifference means solitude. Those who are indifferent do not see others. They feel nothing for others and are unconcerned with what might happen to them. They are surrounded by a great emptiness. Filled by it, in fact. They are devoid of all hope as well as imagination. In other words, devoid of any future. ~ Elie Wiesel In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us. ~ Virginia Woolf
Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle.
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
I never found the 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.
~ Henry David Thoreau, "Solitude," Walden, 1854
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 Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
~ Henry David Thoreau, 1854
When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.
~ Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
~ Henry David Thoreau
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
It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.
~ K.T. Jong
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.
~ George Herbert
Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
~ Hans Margolius
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
~ Robert Cecil
In solitude, where we are least alone.
~ George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that's where I renew my springs that never dry up.
~ Pearl Buck
A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with "a sort of greedy enjoyment," as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was "saturated with the bouquet of silence."
~ Holbrook Jackson
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
When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death - ourselves.
~ Eda LeShan
No matter how reclusive we tend to be, we picture the after-life as a community of souls. It is one thing to seek privacy in this life; it is another to face eternity alone.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Solitude never hurt anyone. Emily Dickinson lived alone, and she wrote some of the most beautiful poetry the world has ever known... then went crazy as a loon.
~ Matt Groening, The Simpsons, spoken by the character Lisa Simpson
The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
~ William Penn
No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.
~ Jack Kerouac
Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.
~ Paul Tillich
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
~ John Muir
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
~ Marcus Aurelius
It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky... a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.
~ Victor Hugo
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.
~ Ruth Stout
I owe my solitude to other people.
~ Alan Watts
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
~ Albert Camus
“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.”
~ Thomas Merton
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