- “All humans are frightened of their own solitude. But only in solitude can we learn to know ourselves, learn to handle our own eternal aloneness.” – Han Suyin

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

- “Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.” – Alice Koller

- “Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.” – Agnes Macphail

- “Each of us is alone in the world. It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. … When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually, the sense of bleakness changes into a sense of true belonging. This is a slow and open-ended transition but it is utterly vital in order to come into rhythm with your own individuality.” – John O’Donohue

- “I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It’s the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.” – Peter Hoeg

- “I learned…that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.” – Brenda Ueland

- “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” – Albert Einstein

- “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.” – Henry David Thoreau

- “Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” – Pearl S. Buck

- “Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment. Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.” – Jeanne Marie Laskas

- “It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking . . . in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.” – Franz Kafka

- “It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse.” – Max Nordau

- “Language has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone, and the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” – Paul Johannes Tillich

- “Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” – Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

- “Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.” – Indra Devi

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