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It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.

Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859) British author and intellectual.

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.

Jules Renard (1864-1910) French writer.


We are all prone to the malady of the introvert who, with the manifold spectacle of the world spread out before him, turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within. But let us not imagine there is anything grand about the introvert's unhappiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

The strong man is strongest when alone.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

A man by himself is in bad company.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

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

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.

The best thinking has been done in solitude.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor.