Quote category: Solitude
As far as the search for solitude is concerned, we live in a negative atmosphere as invisible, as all-pervasive, and as enervating as high humidity on an August afternoon.
The world today does not understand, in either man or woman, the need to be alone.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The capacity to be alone becomes linked with self-discovery and self-realization; with becoming aware of our deepest needs, feelings, and impulses.
All mens miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.
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.
You do not need to leave your room, remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude.
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.
Henry David Thoreau
You try being alone, without any form of distraction, and you will see how quickly you want to get away from yourself and forget what you are.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
All mans misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
Jean De La Bruyere