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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Solitude:

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.

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

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.

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
~ Henry David Thoreau.

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.

I owe my solitude to other people.
~ Alan Watts.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.
~ Paul Tillich.

Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle.
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun.

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.

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

Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
~ Hans Margolius.

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
~ Harold Bloom.

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, TV: The Simpsons - spoken by the character Lisa Simpson.

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

The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit.
~ Marya Mannes.

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
~ Voltaire.

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