Quotes on Solitude

Quotes on Solitude

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

“Solitude can be frightening because it invites us to meet a stranger we think we may not want to know – ourselves.”
~ Melvyn Kinder

“Some journeys, we must take alone. The caterpillar does not judge itself for craving the cocoon. Do not fear the isolated path. There, you will not be lonely. You will meet yourself.”
~ Vironika Tugaleva

“What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours – that is what you must be able to attain.”
~ Rainer Marie Rilke

“I can be alone without being lonely. In fact, those times of solitude are necessary respite for a beleaguered soul, set upon by the pressures of life. I need to take whatever moments I can to just be still.”
~ Steve Goodier

“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

“Nobody enjoys the company of others as intensely as someone who usually avoids the company of others.”
~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Being alone has a power that very few people can handle.”
~ Steven Aitchison

“Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.”
~ Nikki Rowe

“The best way to be happy with someone else is to learn how to be happy alone. That way the company will be a matter of choice, not necessity.”
~ unknown

“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”
~ Audrey Hepburn

“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.”
~ Paulo Coelho

“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”
~ Charlotte Eriksson

“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment.”
~ Janet Fitch

“Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”
~ Mike Norton

“I sometimes think i’m too in love with alone. Who could I love more than this peace?”
~ Ava

“You will never feel alone, if you run down the stairs of loneliness; as every solitary step becomes your companion.”
~ Munia Khan

“That’s what meditation is all about, to be capable of being alone. And remember, aloneness is not loneliness. Loneliness is the state of the person who cannot live alone; loneliness means you are dependent on the crowd, on the other. Aloneness means you are happy with yourself, you are not dependent on anybody. The moment you are not dependent you are an emperor, you are a god, a goddess. Now you have something to share, you can go into the world.”
~ Osho

“People can’t stand to be alone with themselves, so they bother me when I’m trying to be alone with myself.”
~ James Jean-Pierre

“If you make friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone.”
~ Maxwell Maltz

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.”
~ Robert Anton Wilson

“Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen”
~ Ruth Krauss

“I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.”
~ Björk

“We have to be alone, to know that we are everything!”
~ Trilby D. Johnson

“I inhale loneliness like it is the sweet smell of virgin earth conquered by fiery rain drops. Within me, I’m a thousand others.”
~ Faraaz Kazi

“Solitude evokes the spacious wonder of living in a sacred world.”
~ Robert Kull

“Sometimes you have to be alone to truly know your worth.”
~ Karen A. Baquiran

“I have found no other cure for loneliness than to befriend it.”
~ Charlotte Eriksson

“A man can be himself alone so long as he is alone…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

“Solitude is very different from a ’time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.”
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Solitude can become loneliness; this happens when all by myself I am deserted by my own self”.
~ Hannah Arendt

“Loneliness is designed to help you discover who you are…and to stop looking outside yourself for your worth.”
~ Mandy Hale

“There is a lot of pain in being lonely, but a lot of beauty in being alone.”
~ Steven Aitchison

“There is a difference between
loneliness and solitude,
one will empty you and
one will fill you.
You have the power to choose.”
~ Ava

“I never feel alone realizing the fact that my life is my only life partner”
~ Munia Khan

“Can you be alone without being lonely? Can you spend time by yourself without craving noise or company of other people? Have you discovered the glory of quiet time spent alone, time spent listening to your soul? Solitude brings with it gifts that come from nowhere else.”
~ Steve Goodier

“I am not alone, in my aloneness.”
~ T. Scott McLeod

“Alone doesn’t mean lonely. It just means alone. It just means that for now, you’re on your own, and that’s not a terrible thing.”
~ Hemal Jhaveri

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”
~ Pablo Picasso 

“Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.”
~ Thomas Browne

“Loners, if you catch them, are well worth the trouble. Not dulled by excess human contact, nor blasé or focused on your crotch while jabbering about themselves, loners are curious, vigilant, full of surprises. They do not cling. Separate wherever they go, awake or asleep, they shimmer with the iridescence of hidden things seldom seen.”
~ Anneli Rufus

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

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
~ Wayne Dyer

“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“Lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it.”
~ Tanya Davis

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.”
~ Mandy Hale

“Don’t surrender your loneliness
 so quickly. 
Let it cut more deep. 

Let it ferment and season you
 as few human
s or even divine ingredients can.

 Something missing in my heart tonight has made my eyes so soft, My voice
 so tender,

 my need of God
 absolutely 
clear.”
~ Hafiz

“Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate and love yourself.”
~ Robert Tew

“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 Tillich

“The solitary man, on the contrary, is alone and therefore “can be together with himself.” In solitude, in other words, I am “by myself”, together with my self, and therefore two-in-one, whereas in loneliness I am actually one, deserted by all others.”
~ Hannah Arendt

“One can be instructed in society,
one is inspired only in solitude.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?”
~ Mary Doria Russell

“I love to be alone.
I never found a companion
that was so companionable as solitude.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“Loneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you. It is a condition of separateness. Solitude is becoming one with the space around you. It is a condition of union. Loneliness is small, solitude is large. Loneliness closes in around you; solitude expands toward the infinite. Loneliness has its roots in words, in an internal conversation that nobody answers; solitude has its roots in the great silence of eternity.”
~ Kent Nerburn

“You come home, make some tea, sit down in your armchair, and all around there’s silence. Everyone decides for themselves whether that’s loneliness or freedom.”
~ unknown

“Loneliness becomes the mirror. Society is the deception. That’s why you are always afraid of being alone – because you will have to know yourself, and you will have to know yourself in your nudity, in your nakedness. You are afraid. To be alone is difficult. Whenever you are alone, you immediately start doing something so that you are not alone. You may start reading the newspaper, or you may put on the TV, or you may go to some club to meet some friends, or you may go to visit some family – but you must do something. Why? Because the moment you are alone your identity meals, and all that you know about yourself becomes false and all that is real starts bubbling up.”
~ Osho

“How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?”
~ Mary Doria Russell

“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”
~ Rumi

“If you sit down with no distractions long enough, your fears, beliefs, pain, doubts, stress, anxieties, addictions and political fears will all start to drop away from you. It will feel scary, empty, painful and then fully freeing and fulfilling.

If you sit even longer, those old addictions and false identities will be replaced by insights, callings, next steps and more to make your life and the world better in every way. Under our addictions to external pain and anger is the answer to everything.”
~ Kyle Cease

“There is something very liberating for people about being on their own. They’re able to establish some control over the way they spend their time. They’re able to decompress at the end of a busy day in a city…and experience a feeling of freedom.”
~ Eric Klinenberg

“You need to be able to recharge on your own sometimes. Part of being able to connect is being available to other people, and no one can do that without a break.”
~ John Cacioppo

See also: Quotes on Self-Love, and Quotes on Self-Care

Image: Michelle Grace

Michelle is passionate about holistic health and self-discovery. She received her training in Nutrition, Herbalism, and Bodywork from the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences in Ottawa, ON. She studied Ayurveda and Yoga in India and later continued her Yoga studies on Koh Phangan in Thailand. Michelle truly believes that good health involves body, mind, and spirit. She loves to spend her time in walking in nature, meditating, painting, writing, and learning more about health and wellness.

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