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SOLITUDE
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[ Also see Absence Abstract Alone Companionship Contentment Desolation Enjoyment Fear Idleness Isolation Leisure Loneliness Meditation Nature Oblivion Obscurity Parting Privacy Quiet Repose Rest Retirement Silence Society World ]

There is a society in the deepest solitude.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. X)

So vain is the belief
  That the sequestered path has fewest flowers.
      - Thomas Doubleday,
        Sonnet--The Poet's Solitude

Thrice happy he, who by some shady grove,
  Far from the clamorous world; doth live his own;
    Though solitary, who is not alone,
      But doth converse with that eternal love.
      - William Drummond (1),
        Urania; or, Spiritual Poems

Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude, and in that ease solitude is prepared for them.
      - John Dryden

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

I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
      - Albert Einstein

Heaven often protects valuable souls charged with great secrets, great ideas, by long shutting them up with their own thoughts.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars. He who would inspire and lead his race must be defended from traveling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily timeworn yoke of their opinions.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Whoso goes to walk alone, accuses the whole world; he declares all to be unfit to be his companions; it is very uncivil, nay, insulting; society will retaliate.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        The Transcendentalist lecture at the Boston Masonic Temple, Dec. 1840

When we withdraw from human intercourse into solitude, we are more peculiarly committed in the presence of the divinity; yet some men retire into solitude to devise or perpetrate crimes. This is like a man going to meet and brave a lion in his own gloomy desert, in the very precincts of his dread abode.
      - John Foster (1)

There is always a part of our being into which those who are dearer to us far than our own lives are yet unable to enter.
      - James Anthony Froude

We enter the world alone, we leave it alone.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Sea Studies

I was never less alone than when by myself.
      - Edward Gibbon, Memoirs (vol. I, p. 117)

Whoever gives himself up to solitude,
  Ah! he is soon alone.
    [Ger., Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergiebt,
      Ach! der ist bald allein.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Wilhelm Meister (II, 13)

Nobody with me at sea but myself.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Haunch of Venison

Sorrow's faded form, and solitude behind.
      - Thomas Gray

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 19)

As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the man who has an overpowering dread of solitude.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Woe unto him that is never alone, and cannot bear to be alone.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Oh, the solitariness of sin! There is nothing like it, except, perhaps, the solitariness of death. In that isolation none can reach you, none can feed you.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

What would a man do if he were compelled to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never better himself in cool solitude?
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Solitude either develops the mental powers, or renders men dull and vicious.
      - Victor Hugo

If the mind loves solitude, it has thereby acquired a loftier character, and it becomes still more noble when the taste is indulged in.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

I am persuaded there is no such thing after all as a perfect enjoyment of solitude; for the more delicious the solitude the more one wants a companion.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)


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