Quotations on Solitude

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It's hard to spend years at a time working in total solitude with no reality-check.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Time, Reality, Solitude, Years)

Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time. And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline.
- Peter Benchley
(Keywords: Love, Time, Discipline, Order, Solitude, Writing)

Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit, but God to man doth speak in solitude.
- John Stuart Blackie
(Keywords: Men, God, Man, Solitude, Wit)

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Keywords: Memory, Night, Solitude, Thinking)

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
(Keywords: Strength, Man, Mob, Needs, Solitude, Weakness)

I was thinking, too, of Superman and his fortress of solitude.
- Michael Chabon
(Keywords: Solitude, Thinking)

I don't mind solitude. I love talking to other people, but I do need my space.
- Iris Chang
(Keywords: Love, People, Mind, Solitude, Space, Talking)

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.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Keywords: Freedom, Poison, Solitude, Wine)

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.
- Jeremy Collier
(Keywords: Being, Books, Burden, Solitude, Support)

Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
- Abraham Cowley
(Keywords: People, Knowledge, Virtue, Foolishness, Solitude, Vanity, World)

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
- Thomas A. Edison
(Keywords: Solitude, Thinking)

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Maturity, Solitude, Years, Youth)

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?
- Charles de Gaulle
(Keywords: History, Men, Friend, Events, Now, Satisfaction, Solitude, Temptation)

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Genius, Conversation, School, Solitude, Understanding)

The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
- Allen Ginsberg
(Keywords: Love, Burden, Solitude, Weight, World)

We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton
(Keywords: Society, Day, Exercise, Night, Rest, Solitude, Summer, Winter)

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Keywords: Friendship, Loneliness, Needs, Solitude, Words)

In my solitude, many miles from men and houses, I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind, which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains it to you.
- Knut Hamsun
(Keywords: Men, Houses, Mind, Solitude, State, Understanding)

Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
- Henry Home
(Keywords: Time, Impression, Deep, Solitude, World)

My public life is before you; and I know you will believe me when I say, that when I sit down in solitude to the labours of my profession, the only questions I ask myself are, What is right? What is just? What is for the public good?
- Joseph Howe
(Keywords: Life, Profession, Public, Questions, Right, Solitude, Will)

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Prayer, Solitude, Thanksgiving)

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Religion, Mind, Solitude, Will)

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
- Washington Irving
(Keywords: Affliction, Duty, Open, Solitude, Sorrow)

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
- Omar Khayyam
(Keywords: Soul, Solitude, Thoughtful)

With Jackson there was quiet solitude. Just to sit and look at the landscape. An inner quietness. After dinner, to sit on the back porch and look at the light. No need for talking. For any kind of communication.
- Lee Krasner
(Keywords: Communication, Light, Quiet, Solitude, Talking)

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.
- Giacomo Leopardi
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Hatred, Mankind, Philosophy, Solitude, World)

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
- Thomas Merton
(Keywords: Hope, Future, Present, Solitude, Will)

Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection.
- Eugenio Montale
(Keywords: Success, Possibility, Communication, Reflection, Solitude, Television)

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.
- Jeanne Moreau
(Keywords: Beach, Solitude, Sun)

Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir
(Keywords: Humor, Superiority, Jokes, Pursuit, Solitude, Wit)

No matter how much we love our family and friends, a part of us needs the occasional moment of solitude as a plant needs water. It is the inmost core of each of us that, that part which nobody can define but which we all recognize because it never changes.
- Anna Neagle
(Keywords: Family, Love, Friends, Needs, Solitude, Water)

Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
- Thomas de Quincey
(Keywords: Men, Light, Man, May, Solitude, World)

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
- Salman Rushdie
(Keywords: Power, Solitude, Writer)

Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become.
- Leo Szilard
(Keywords: Work, Being, Friends, Memory, Solitude, Strangers, Years)

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
(Keywords: Life, Laws, Poverty, Solitude, Universe, Weakness, Will)

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
(Keywords: Men, Lonely, Man, Solitude, Thinking, Will)

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
(Keywords: Being, Glory, Language, Loneliness, Pain, Solitude, Word)

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space, eternity, life and death.
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Keywords: Death, Life, Eternity, Solitude, Space)

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 in solitude.
- William Wordsworth
(Keywords: Business, Solitude, World)

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