41 Quotes About Solitude and Love

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Gaining some spiritual insight may require moments of solitude. These quotes about solitude and love will encourage you to enrich your life and take a fresh look at the world around you.

“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.”

“Being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.”

“Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.”

“Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.”

“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.”

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”

“I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”

“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.”

“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.”

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”

“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.”

“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.”

“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.”

“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”

“Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls.”

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”

“Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions.”

“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.”

“Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.”

“Solitude sometimes is best society.”

“Solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude.”

“Some people can’t stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I’m a regular talking machine. It’s all or nothing for me.”

“Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.”

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

“The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.”

“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.”

“Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.”

“To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.”

“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.”

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”

“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering.”

“When you acknowledge the integrity of your solitude, and settle into its mystery, your relationships with others take on a new warmth, adventure and wonder.”

“Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a God.”

Experiencing solitude can also result in loneliness and does not go without offering its own set of challenges and difficulties along the way.