Aloneness Quotes

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Rainer Maria Rilke
“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Audrey Hepburn
“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.”
Audrey Hepburn

Haruki Murakami
“And it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lumps of metal in their own separate orbits. From far off they look like beautiful shooting stars, but in reality they're nothing more than prisons, where each of us is locked up alone, going nowhere. When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we'd be in absolute solitude. Until we burned up and became nothing.”
Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Rainer Maria Rilke
“The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Mandy Hale
“If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful YOU.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

bell hooks
“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. 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, All About Love: New Visions

Amit Ray
“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”
Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

Rainer Maria Rilke
“And you should not let yourself be confused in your solitude by the fact that there is something in you that wants to move out of it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Roman Payne
“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.”
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Rainer Maria Rilke
“it is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Mandy Hale
“There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Carson McCullers
“I am not meant to be alone and without you who understands.”
Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Paul Valéry
“God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly”
Paul Valéry

Vera Nazarian
“Q: Why do I love thee, O Night?
A: Because you know I will never answer.”
Vera Nazarian

Maggie Stiefvater
“You don't have to do this," Ronan said.
"There isn't anything else, man."
"There's reality."
Kavinsky laughed the word. "Reality! Reality's what other people dream for you."
"Reality's where other people are," Ronan replied. He stretched out his arms. "What's here, K? Nothing! No one!"
"Just us."
There was a heavy understanding in that statement, amplified by the dream. I know what you are, Kavinsky had said.
"That's not enough," Ronan replied.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

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

Henri Barbusse
“I believe that around us there is only one word on all sides, one immense word which reveals our solitude and extinguishes our radiance: Nothing! I believe that that word does not point to our insignificance or our unhappiness, but on the contrary to our fulfillment and our divinity, since everything is in ourselves.”
Henri Barbusse, Hell

Aimee Bender
“My eyelids are my own private cave, he murmured. That I can go to anytime I want.”
Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

“Aloneness is a gift. A beautiful gift to the human soul. True and consistent satisfaction comes from the bond you form with yourself. Nobody else is a constant”
Mohadesa Najumi

Sanober  Khan
“Poems can get
sleepless too

and become

the loneliest thing
in the universe.”
Sanober Khan

Wataru Watari
“A friendship where you're always trying to be considerate of the other person, always worrying about what they think, always responding to every single text, always seeking their approval and then finally connecting with them, isn't friendship at all.”
Wataru Watari, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。1

Roman Payne
“With the need for the self in the time of another / I left my seaport grim and dear / knowing good work could be made / in the state governed by both Hope and Despair.”
Roman Payne

Donna Tartt
“The group mind was such (private jokes and bemusement, everyone clustered round vacation videos on the iPhone) that it was hard to imagine any of them going to a movie by themselves or eating alone at a bar; sometimes, the affable sense of committee among the men particularly gave me the slight feeling of being interviewed for a job.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Ken Grimwood
“Sometimes isolation can be shared.”
Ken Grimwood, Replay

Kacen Callender
“Do you ever feel like you’re only ever watching? I ask Declan. Never really participating. Never really doing. Just always watching.”
Kacen Callender, Felix Ever After

Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Moon

And, like a dying lady lean and pale,
Who totters forth, wrapp'd in a gauzy veil,
Out of her chamber, led by the insane
And feeble wanderings of her fading brain,
The moon arose up in the murky east
A white and shapeless mass.

Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth,
And ever changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

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

Han Suyin
“... all humans are frightened of their own solitude. Yet only in solitude can man learn to know himself, learn to handle his own eternity of aloneness. And love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other." - The Mountain is Young”
Han Suyin, The Mountain Is Young

Wataru Watari
“An experienced loner does not fall for the same trick twice.”
Wataru Watari, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。2

Colson Whitehead
“She was a stray after all. A stray not only in its plantation meaning-orphaned, with no one to look after her-but in every other sphere as well. Somewhere, years ago, she had stepped off the path of life and could no longer find her way back to the family of people.”
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

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