Being Alone Quotes

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Amy Sedaris
“I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.”
Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

“Just like you mistook lust for love, you have mistaken with being alone for loneliness. So I'm fine. Thanks for asking.”
pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

Jess Walter
“What kind of wife would I be if I left your father simply because he was dead?”
Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Many people seek fellowship because they are afraid to be alone...let him who cannot be alone beware of community. He will do harm to himself and to the community. Alone you stood before God when he called you; alone you had to answer that call; alone you had to struggle and pray; and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot escape yourself, for God has singled you out.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

Anzia Yezierska
“I felt I could turn the earth upside down with my littlest finger. I wanted to dance, to fly in the air and kiss the sun and stars with my singing heart. I, alone with myself, was enjoying myself for the first time as with grandest company.”
Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers

“Being alone comes from separating our Self from others. It’s not about taking alone time in order to recharge. It’s the difference between “I’m alone” vs “I need some time alone”.

Introverts can take alone time in a crowded bookstore full of strangers. Being alone comes from a state of emotional separation. It’s that wall we place between us and the external. We can do this while having the physical presence of another person or having people in our lives. People who have many friends can still feel alone.

People who feel the most alone consistently hold attitudes and take actions that separate themselves, exclude themselves and hold themselves incomparable to others.”

Michael Bassey Johnson
“To the loner, loneliness is a treasure that cannot be traded, even for the nicest of companies.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

Amit Kalantri
“Your soul feels lonely not when you lack company, but when you lack the cause.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Social distancing is staying away from people not from your purpose.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Beth Kephart
“I’d thought he was stars and then I’d thought he was a fox. I had thought I’d been alone, but I hadn’t.”
Beth Kephart, Undercover

Amit Kalantri
“In isolation you just lose the company but don't lose the purpose.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Distance means so little, when life means so much.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Mitta Xinindlu
“Introversion is not mental illness.
It is normal to go to a restaurant alone.
It is normal to go to a cinema alone.
It is normal to have two trusted friends than a huge social group.
It is normal to find happiness in being alone.”
Mitta Xinindlu

Hazel Prior
“Being alone is supposed to be an issue for people such as me, but I have to say I find it deeply satisfying. Human company is necessary at times, I admit, but it is almost irksome in one way or another.”
Hazel Prior, How the Penguins Saved Veronica

Simone Weil
“I feel that it is necessary and ordained that I should be alone, a stranger and an exile in relation to every human circle, without exception.”
Simone Weil

Madeleine Ryan
“Everything comes alive when I'm technically by myself.”
Madeleine Ryan, A Room Called Earth

“Sometimes being alone makes you discover what you really wanted in life.”
MJ Jabican

“Keeley always made him laugh. Always made him . . . comfortable. There weren't many who did. He did fine around his family but strangers bothered him. He hated chatting. Hated idiotic conversations about nothing, but not as much as he hated conversations about what some random being thought was important. Honestly, Caid was most happy when he was by himself . . .”
G.A. Aiken, The Blacksmith Queen

“Why do people dread being alone? Being alone is when I feel most at home, most at peace with myself, others and the world.”
Marty Rubin

Karl Kristian Flores
“The best lover you could ever have will sit on this very bench 270 years from now. You two will never meet. And will never know you’ll never meet. They are, however, currently sitting with you because if you two did meet, you’d spend your time sitting as you are now. Because returning to that bench every afternoon, happily single, was like spending a day with every soul who wants to sit there too.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Susanna Clarke
“Perhaps that is what it is like being with other people. Perhaps even people you like and admire immensely can make you see the World in ways you would rather not...”
Susanna Clarke, Piranesi

Karl Kristian Flores
“He turned to his side, with the kind of creepily glazed look our eyeballs make when we’re alone in a room, brushing our teeth, chewing, or wiping our ass. His blanket was still wet with warm semen. He thought about his father. Then he remembered he needed to wash the clothes in the laundromat. His semen dripped and he thought about bird feeding. There was one bird who loved his safflower seeds. He ground his teeth and imagined what it was like to be born in Africa. He reflected on his most recent online English tutor lesson learning from a native speaker. He was fluent, but it paid to feel like you had a friend somewhere. Then he thought of peanut butter. The thoughts of the human mind transition so quickly that it only ever seems strange when we say it aloud to someone else. Otherwise, we’re all secretly freaks with our mouths shut. He laid there ugly.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Karl Kristian Flores
“There is one secret men keep from each other every day: I can’t be there for you. When a broken man looks in the eyes of a brother and confesses his tragedies, all a person, no matter how good, can reply is say, “I’m sorry to hear that.” But you thought there was something they could do because you drank together, officed together, laughed together, and joked about death together, but when death comes, you will be terrified to learn how helpless we are.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Karl Kristian Flores
“These are the years of lonely nights. There may be no one to talk to for years other than a notebook, a dead role model, a pet, a lamp post, or just your sad footsteps scraping against pavement. This doesn’t make sense, but it will.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Karl Kristian Flores
“Companionship will be made possible from enduring lonely nights, leaving the wrong drinking buddies, books and benches, concerts and stadiums, and universities and clothing stores. These were the conditions necessary for companionship. You will answer the question all souls ask: How will I find you? The answer: Truth magnetizes to truth, as long as it repels temptation.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Karl Kristian Flores
“I am grateful that you, journal, can look at me without closing your covers. Sometimes, that’s all I do: open and close you, open and close, all afternoon on my bed, expecting you to shut on me, but you never do.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

Emily St. John Mandel
“...You know, if you don't have to be alone, then maybe you shouldn't be."

Olivia, who was almost always alone, couldn't think of anything to say to this.”
Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel

Glennon Doyle
“I am not a good friend. I have never been capable of or willing to commit to the maintenance that the rules of friendship dictate. I cannot rmember bithdays. I do not want to meet for coffee. I will not host the baby shower. I won't text back because it's an eternal game of Ping-Pong, the texting. It never ends. I inevitably disappoint friends, so after enough of that, I decided I would stop trying. I don't want to live in constant debt. This is okay with me.”
Glennon Doyle, Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living / A Toolkit for Modern Life

Fernando Pessoa
“How good it feels to be completely alone! To be able to talk to ourselves out loud, to walk around without being looked at, to lean back in an undisturbed reverie! Every house becomes an open field, every room has the breadth of a farm.
The usual sounds are all strange, as if they belonged to a nearby but independent universe. We are kings at last. This is what we all truly long to be, and the most plebeian among us perhaps more ardently than those full of false gold. For a moment we are the universe’s pensioners, recipients of a steady income, with no needs and no worries.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition

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