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best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has
been done in turmoil.
-- Thomas A. Edison
live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity. -- Albert
monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates
the creative mind.
-- Albert Einstein
I must do is all that concerns me, not what the
people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual
and intellectual life, may serve for the whole
distinction between greatness and meanness. It
is the harder, because you will always find those
who think they know what is your duty better than
you know it. It is easy in the world to live after
the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to
live after our own; but the great person is one
who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect
sweetness the independence of solitude.
~ Ralph Waldo
the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass
not on his solitude.”
~ Ralph Waldo
is easy in the world to live after the world's
opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after
our own; but the great man is he who in the midst
of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the
independence of solitude. ~ Ralph
needs no words -
it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
is independence. - Hermann Hesse
more powerful and original a mind, the more it will
incline towards the religion of solitude.
~ Aldous Huxley
arises out of mere Companionship when two or more
of the companions discover that they have in common
some insight or interest or even taste which the
others do not share and which, till that moment,
each believed to be his own unique treasure (or
burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship
would be something like, "What? You too? I thought
I was the only one." . . . . It is when two such
person discover one another, when, whether with
immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings
or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical
speed, they share their vision - it is then that
Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together
in an immense solitude.
-- C.S. Lewis
is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
-- Octavio Paz
go of the past and go for the future.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!
Live the life you've imagined.
you simplify your life, the laws of the universe
will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
-- Henry David
had three chairs in my house; one for solitude,
two for friendship,
three for society. -- Henry
have never found a companion that was so companionable
-- Henry David
has its own very strange beauty to it.
-- Liv Tyler
Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any
affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it
ever comes, when you are given true affection
there will be no opposition between interior solitude
and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even
by this infallible sign that you will recognize
-- Simone Weil