Solitude Quotes

Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude

Aristotle

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

Albert Einstein

The price for independence is often isolation and solitude.

Steve Schmidt

Solitude is independence.

Hermann Hesse

What was the visit (to a park) like 25 years ago, and what is it like now?... There is no way to increase the number of quality parks. People go to the parks for quiet, solitude, and the feeling of space.

Garrett Hardin†

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 Tillich

Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude

Rainer Maria Rilke

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.

Karl Kraus

Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.

Milan Kundera

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

Carl Sandburg

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.

Sir Thomas Browne

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

Robert Browning

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

Joseph Addison

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.

Jeremy Collier

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.

Violette Leduc

Go cherish your soul; express companions; set your habits to a life of solitude; then will the faculties rise fair and full within.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being,

John Updike, Odd Jobs

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

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.

Virginia Woolf

Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it.

Simone Weil

He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom.

Arthur Schopenhauer 1788

He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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