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89 Beautiful Quotes About Solitude

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Being alone isn’t always lonely. In fact, it can be quite beautiful and rewarding.

Here is a list of our favorite quotes celebrating the gifts of solitude.

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau

A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. Rumi

Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.Nikola Tesla

Solitude Strange Beauty

Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park… It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself… That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be. Albert Camus

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. Voltaire

Solitude is the house of peace. T.F. Hodge

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

People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting. Andy Warhol

Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness. Lawrence Freeman

It is in solitude that the works of hand, heart and mind are always conceived, and in solitude that individuality must be affirmed. Robert Lindner

You can’t hear your thoughts, your voice, without solitude. Leo Babauta

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude. Warsan Shire

Alone, I am drunk on my thoughts; in company, I am sober again. Mason Cooley

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

To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone. Joseph Krutch

It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking… in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet. Franz Kafka

Alone Time Everyday

Your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths. Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone. Marty Rubin

Solitude is the place of purification. Martin Buber

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere. Francois de la Rochefoucauld

I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone. Lord Byron

I am never less alone than when alone. Cicero

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. Harold Bloom

Solitude Is Bliss

The best thinking has been done in solitude. Thomas A. Edison

There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire. Jules Renard

It is very easy to love alone. Gertrude Stein

Wise people are never less alone than when they are alone. Jonathan Swift

Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe. Susan Cain

Solitude, if rightly used, becomes not only a privilege but a necessity. Alice H. Rice

For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of – to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. Virginia Woolf

Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression. Henry Home

Without great solitude no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born. Nikola Tesla

The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer. Eugene Delacroix

Grow Alone Solitude

It is only alone, truly alone, that one bursts apart, springs forth. Maria Isabel Barreno

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. Virginia Woolf

I restore myself when I’m alone. Marilyn Monroe

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

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. Arthur Schopenhauer

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Jack Kerouac

Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own. Oprah

Be Able To Be Alone

Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls. Naomi Judd

One is inspired only in solitude. Gary Mark Gilmore

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. Henry Miller

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. Henry David Thoreau

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them… Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. Thomas Merton

It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. K.T. Jong

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. Pearl S. Buck

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how un-lonely being alone can be. Ellen Burstyn

When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest. Antonio Porchia

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. Omar Khayyam

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. Rainer Maria Rilke

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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

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. Colette

It is far better to be alone than to wish you were. Ann Landers

I want to be able to be alone, to find it nourishing – not just a waiting. Susan Sontag

When I’m by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Jean Culligan

Be Able To Be Alone

Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing. Eve Ensler

Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out. Unknown

Solitude is the salt of personhood. It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience. May Sarton

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. Bell Hooks

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

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 Johannes Tillich

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aloneness is the presence of oneself. Aloneness is very positive… You are so full of presence that you can fill the whole universe with your presence and there is no need for anybody. Osho

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. Alice Koller

I love people. I love my family, my children… but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up. Pearl S. Buck

But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. Alan Watts

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. Thomas Mann

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. Lord Byron

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls. Henry David Thoreau

I prefer to be left alone with my books. Alison Weir

Now, more than ever, we need our solitude. Being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives. It can teach us fortitude and the ability to satisfy our own needs. A restorer of energy, the stillness of alone experiences provides us with much-needed rest. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual, our hopes for freedom. Alone time is fuel for life. Dr. Ester Buchholz

The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves. Shirley MacLaine

The person who travels alone can start today; but the person who travels with another must wait until the other is ready. Henry David Thoreau

Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead. Katrina Kenison

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt in solitude, where we are least alone. Lord Byron

Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it. John Mayer

I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel. Audrey Hepburn

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