100 Solitude Quotes That Will Soothe You

By Maxime Lagacé Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He’s also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he’s dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.Here are 100 of the best solitude quotes I could find. And the goal is simple: to make you realize that there’s power in solitude. Enjoy!

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Winston Churchill

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein

Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one. Frank Miller

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. Rumi

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One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear. George Herbert

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau

The best thinking has been done in solitude. Thomas A. Edison

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The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. Voltaire

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. May Sarton

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein

Solitude helps you find peace. Peace helps you find happiness. Maxime Lagacé

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The Best Solitude Quotes

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All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal

A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. Rumi

I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in maturity. Albert Einstein

Solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity. Leo Babauta

Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option. Keenu Reeves

In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you’ll find peace. In solitude you’ll remember yourself. Robin Sharma

I am never less alone than when alone. Cicero Click to tweet

You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love. Louise Bourgeois

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon

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I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. Charles Bukowski

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha

Solitude is un-American. Erica Jong

The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic’s terrible. Jeff Taylor Click to tweet

Not being comfortable alone means you must spend more time alone. Maxime Lagacé

I myself am best when least in company. William Shakespeare

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

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Nikola Tesla

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are. Robert Cecil Click to tweet

The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kakfa

In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Ayn Rand

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What Is Solitude?

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Solitude is the place of purification. Martin Buber Click to tweet

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

Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. Paulo Coelho

Solitude isn’t loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly. Victoria Erickson

Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. Deepak Chopra

Solitude is the attribute of the strong. The weak is always found in the crowd. Unknown

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The Most Famous Solitude Quotes

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Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought. Tom Hanks

Society is no comfort, to one not sociable. William Shakespeare

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. Henry David Thoreau (Solitude, Walden)

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. Henry David Thoreau

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls. Henry David Thoreau

It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. Mahatma Gandhi

That is why I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul and I grow angry with everybody and fear everybody. Friedrich Nietzsche

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company. Friedrich Nietzsche

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My passionate interest in social justice and social responsibility has always stood in curious contrast to a marked lack of desire for direct association with men and women. Albert Einstein

Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realise how peaceful and calm it is. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy. Jim Carrey

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Charles Bukowski

Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows. Henry David Thoreau

It would do the world good if every person would compel himself to often be alone. Most of the world’s progress has come from such. Deepak Chopra

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa

This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude. Jean de la Bruyère

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Solitude is a kind of freedom. Umberto Eco Click to tweet

He who understands humanity seeks solitude. Ali ibn Abi Talib

Fire is a good companion for the mind. May Sarton

Be alone and be happy with yourself. Leo Babauta (See also: the lost art of solitude, zenhabits.net)

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty. Molière

Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man. Walter Benjamin

I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude. Unknown

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus Click to tweet

It is better to be alone than in bad company. Unknown

Solitude sometimes is best society. John Milton

I thought loving solitude was bad until I discovered a whole new world in it. Maxime Lagacé

In solitude I find my answers. Kristen Butler Click to tweet

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Joseph Roux

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Laurence Sterne

The more you enjoy solitude, the simpler life becomes. Maxime Lagacé

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. Omar Khayyam

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. Lorraine Hansberry

You only grow when you are alone. Paul Newman

Disappear. Then, come back even better. Ree Johnson

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Inspirational Solitude Quotes

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They who do not fear darkness have learned to light their own candle. Dodinsky Click to tweet

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. Maya Angelou

Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Nikola Tesla

Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude. Robin Sharma

There’s staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least and hour every day. Robin Sharma

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward Beecher

I’ve often been with someone and wished I was alone. I’ve never been alone and wished I was not. Derek Sivers

You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society. Henry David Thoreau

You need the rain to appreciate the sun, darkness to appreciate light, people to appreciate solitude. Maxime Lagacé

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. May Sarton Click to tweet

Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter. Henri Nouwen

We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. Helen Hayes

Spend some time alone. There’s so much you don’t know about yourself. Thibaut

With constant doses of solitude, life becomes magical. Adamas Shivananda (twitter.com)

We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being. Hermann Hesse

It is much better to walk alone, in the right direction, than to follow the herd, walking in the wrong direction. Lone Wolf Quotes

Let others worry about being socially acceptable; those types are a dime a dozen, and you are after a power greater than they can imagine. Robert Greene

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. Wendell Berry

Be so relaxed that nothing and nobody can affect you. You’re above that. Maxime Lagacé

Solitude is your most intimate companion, it’ll guide you back home. Stop running from yourself, be still. Yogi Ramdas (twitter.com)

Talent is nurtured in solitude… A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

In the solitude of your dreams grows the flame that will bring the light to this world. Unknown

Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments. Stephen Crane

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Give solitude a chance. You’ve got nothing to lose. And your life to gain back. Joshua Becker

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. Hermann Hesse

Call to action: Read 15 Ways to Create an Hour a Day of Extra Time … for Solitude (zenhabits.net)or Simple Living: 30 Ways To Simplify Your Life (wisdomquotes.com)or 100 Life Quotes That Will Inspire You (wisdomquotes.com) Hope you enjoyed these inspiring solitude quotes. If you did, please share them with a friend today!

Author Bio

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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