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Solitude Quotes

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

A writer who writes, ''I am alone''... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.

Author: Maurice Blanchot (1907)

Profession: French Literary Theorist, Author

The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Profession: German Lutheran Pastor and Theologian

The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.

Author: Boufflers


The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.

Author: Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)

Profession: American Judge

Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.

Author: Arthur Brisbane

Profession: American Editor, Columnist

No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.

Author: Jackson Browne


In solitude, where we are least alone.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.

Author: Robert Cecil (1830-1903)

Profession: British Conservative Politician, Prime Minister

The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One's stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.

Author: Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961)

Profession: French Author

If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.

Author: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

Profession: Russian Playwright, Short Story Writer

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister