Quotes About Solitary

Quotes tagged as "solitary" (showing 1-25 of 25)
Jill Shalvis
“Go away. I hate everyone right now, and I'm pretty sure that includes you.”
Jill Shalvis

Charles Dickens
“. . . in seclusion, she had secluded herself from a thousand natural and healing influences; that, her mind, brooding solitary, had grown diseased, as all minds do and must and will that reverse the appointed order of their Maker . . .”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Kristin Cashore
“She didn't want to go far, just out of the trees so she could see the stars. They always eased her loneliness. She thought of them as beautiful creatures, burning and cold; each solitary, and bleak, and silent like her.”
Kristin Cashore, Fire

Paul Auster
“Solitary. But not in the sense of being alone. Not solitary in the way Thoreau was, for example, exiling himself in order to find out where he was; not solitary in the way Jonah was, praying for deliverance in the belly of the whale. Solitary in the sense of retreat. In the sense of not having to see himself, of not having to see himself being seen by anyone else.”
Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude

Criss Jami
“If it's true what is said, that only the wise discover the wise, then it must also be true that the lone wolf symbolizes either the biggest fool on the planet or the biggest Einstein on the planet.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

D.L. Moody
“No one can sum up all God is able to accomplish through one solitary life, wholly yielded, adjusted, and obedient to Him.”
D.L. Moody

Julian Hawthorne
“...the natures of solitary people are apt to have more unmapped country in them than worldly folk imagine. They see and think and do things peculiar to themselves, and one may turn up buried treasure in them at any moment. ("Absolute Evil")”
Julian Hawthorne, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

“I need nothing. I seek nothing. I desire nothing.”

“They all occupied the same space but did not occupy it together. Imagine a thousand leaves of tracing paper, each with one person lightly pencilled on it, all stacked atop a scene of a frozen city block. A thousand discreet and solitary realities that appear to be occurring in the same location.”
Doug Dorst, S.

Jonathan Franzen
“The problem with making a virtual world of oneself is akin to the problem with projecting ourselves onto a cyberworld: there’s no end of virtual spaces in which to seek stimulation, but their very endlessness, the perpetual stimulation without satisfaction, becomes imprisoning.”
Jonathan Franzen, Farther Away

Julian Hawthorne
“It did not occur to me that absence of human companionship does not assure solitude. It may, on the contrary, plunge one into an environment compared with which New York or London would appear deserts. For we take memory and imagination with us. The seabirds that scream overhead or waddle along the margins of the surf; the grotesque forms of twisted cedars; the rustle of sea-grass in the wind; the interminable percussion of the breakers; the dead infinity of the sand itself - there can be no solitude, in the sense of freedom from disturbances of thought, in the presence of such things. They draw us back into the maelstrom. ("Absolute Evil")”
Julian Hawthorne, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

“I own a crevice stuffed with moss
and a couch of lemming fur;
I sit and listen to the music
of water dripping on a distant stone.
Or I sing to myself
of stealth and loneliness

No one comes to see me
but I hear outside
the scratching of claws,
the warm, inquisitive breath …
(from 'The Hermitage')”
John Meade Haines, The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer: Collected Poems

Travis Thrasher
“I've got a lot of homework to do, and none of it has anything to do with school.”
Travis Thrasher, Solitary

Robert Burton
“I am not poor, I am not rich; nihil est, nihil deest, I have little, I want nothing: all my treasure is in Minerva’s tower...I live still a collegiate student...and lead a monastic life, ipse mihi theatrum [sufficient entertainment to myself], sequestered from those tumults and troubles of the world...aulae vanitatem, fori ambitionem, ridere mecum soleo [I laugh to myself at the vanities of the court, the intrigues of public life], I laugh at all.”
Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

Dan Simmons
“Francis Crozier believes in nothing. Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. It has no plan, no point, no hidden mysteries that make up for the oh-so-obvious miseries and banalities. Nothing he has learned in the past six months has persuaded him otherwise.

Has it?”
Dan Simmons, The Terror

Patrick McCabe
“Oh now now he says that's all over you must forget all about that next week your solitary finishes how about that hmm? I felt like laughing in his face: How can your solitary finish? That's the best laugh yet.”
Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy

Philippa Gregory
“Some of us are born to a solitary life.”
Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen

Rainer Maria Rilke
“I believe that that love remains strong and intense in your memory because it was your first deep aloneness and the first inner work that you did on your life.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Bryant McGill
“Within each person is the miracle of a unique consciousness unlike any other in the universe.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Travis Thrasher
“I'm sixteen with what I hope will be a long life ahead, but I'm willing to give it up, to give anything to let her live, to let her make it through the night.”
Travis Thrasher

Hal Zina Bennett
“The art of writing is not as solitary as one might think. When it finally dawns on us one day that our task as writers is to share what we know of the human spirit, we suddenly discover that we were never truly alone.”
Hal Zina Bennett, Write from the Heart: Unleashing the Power of Your Creativity

Caleb Crain
“Jacob opened the refrigerator and stared into it vacantly, with the false purposefulness that lingers for a few moments when a person of a solitary nature is released from the company of a strong personality.”
Caleb Crain, Necessary Errors

Sara Sheridan
“Writing is such a solitary occupation that it takes a long time to build up a group of professional peers with whom you genuinely identify.”
Sara Sheridan

Charlotte Eriksson
“Are you in love? What makes your heart beat faster? What do you want people to think about when they hear your name.”
Charlotte Eriksson

Pushpa Rana
“I would rather be alone than having a solitary company.”
Pushpa Rana, Just the Way I Feel

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