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No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.

Author: Georges Bernanos (1888-1948)

Profession: French Novelist, Political Writer

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.

Author: Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Novelist

All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

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.

Author: John Cheever (1912-1982)

Profession: American Author

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. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.

Author: Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

Profession: American Editor, Humanitarian, Author

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.

Author: Wayne Dyer (1940)

Profession: American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer

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

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

There is none more lonely than the man who loves only himself.

Author: Abraham Ibn Esra


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

Author: Geoffrey F. Fisher (1887-1972)

Profession: British Archbishop of Canterbury

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.

Author: Brendan Francis


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

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.

Author: James A. Froude (1818-1894)

Profession: British Historian