C. S. Lewis Page

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”

- C. S. Lewis

Source/Notes: The Weight of Glory (1949)
Omar Khayyam Page

“The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.”

- Omar Khayyam

Source/Notes: The Rubaiyat (1120), IV
Aldous Huxley Page

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

- Aldous Huxley

Source/Notes: Proper Studies (1927)
Mansur Al-Hallaj Page

“Oh you who have been removed from God in his solitude by the abyss of time, how can you expect to reach him without dying?”

- Mansur Al-Hallaj

Albert Einstein Page

“I gang my own gait and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties I have never lost an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude — a feeling which increases with the years.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Mein Weltbild (1931)


Sydney Smith Page

“The real object of education is to give children resources that will endure as long as life endures; habits that time will ameliorate, not destroy; occupation that will render sickness tolerable, solitude pleasant, age venerable, life more dignified and useful, and death less terrible.”

- Sydney Smith

Jack Kerouac Page

“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. Learning for instance, to eat when he's hungry and sleep when he's sleepy.”

- Jack Kerouac

Source/Notes: Lonesome Traveler (1960)
Anais Nin Page

“Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.”

- Anais Nin

Source/Notes: Collages (1964), p. 116
Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude 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

Source/Notes: Essays: First Series (1841)
Khalil Gibran Page

“My yearning is my cup, my burning thirst is my drink, and my solitude is my intoxication; I do not and shall not quench my thirst. But in this burning that is never extinguished is a joy that never wanes.”

- Khalil Gibran

Source/Notes: The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul (1994)


Robert Louis Stevenson Page

“There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry David Thoreau Page

“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Source/Notes: Walden; Or, Life in the Woods (1854)
Anne Bronte Page

“No one can be happy in eternal solitude.”

- Anne Bronte

Source/Notes: Helen to Fergus (Ch. VII : The Excursion) - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
Albert Einstein Page

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

- Albert Einstein

Rainer Maria Rilke Page

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Source/Notes: As quoted in Sunbeams : A Book of Quotations (1990) by Sy Safransky, p. 42


May Sarton Page

“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.”

- May Sarton

Sadegh Hedayat Page

“In life there are certain sores that, like a canker, gnaw at the soul in solitude and diminish it.”

- Sadegh Hedayat

Source/Notes: The Blind Owl (1937)