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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 ]

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The life of a solitary man will be certainly miserable, but not certainly devout.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed everything generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it in the shades of privacy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The thought, the deadly feel, of solitude.
      - John Keats (1)

O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell,
  Let it not be among the jumbled heap
    Of murky buildings: climb with me the steep,--
      Nature's observatory--whence the dell,
        In flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,
          May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep
            'Mongst boughs pavilion'd, where the deer's swift leap
              Startles the wild bee from the foxglove bell.
      - John Keats (1),
        Sonnet--O Solitude! If I must With Thee Dwell

Why should we faint and fear to live alone,
  Since all alone, so Heaven has willed, we die,
    Nor even the tenderest heart and next our own
      Knows half the reasons why we smile and sigh.
      - John Keble,
        Christian Year--twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity

Now the New Year reviving old Desires,
  The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 4),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

He travels fastest who travels alone, and that goes double for she.
      - Florence King, Whith Charity Toward None

Solitude holds a cup sparkling with bliss in her right hand, a raging dagger in her left. To the blest she offers her goblet, but stretches towards the wretched the ruthless steel.
      - Friedrich O. Klopstock

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
      - Karl Kraus

Man forms himself in his own interior, and nowhere else.
      - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Nothing is achieved without solitude.
      - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone.
      - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--Dryden

Solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
      - Anne Charlotte Lynch (Anne C.L. Botta)

It is shameful for a man to live as a stranger in his own country, and to be uninformed of her affairs and interests.
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius)

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.
      - Thomas Mann

In the world a man lives in his own age; in solitude, in all the ages.
      - William Matthews

Solitude is the worst of all companions when we seek comfort and oblivion.
      - Joseph Mery

Loneliness is the first thing which God's eye named not good.
      - John Milton

Solitude is sometimes best society.
      - John Milton

Solitude sometimes is the best society; and short retirement urges sweet returns.
      - John Milton

And Wisdom's self
  Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude,
    Where, with he best nurse, Contemplation,
      She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings,
        That in the various bustle of resort
          Were all too ruffled, and sometimes impaired.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 375)

For solitude sometimes is best society,
  And short retirement urges sweet return.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 249)

Nature has presented as with a large faculty of entertaining ourselves alone, and often calls us to it, to teach us that we owe ourselves in part to society, but chiefly and mostly to ourselves.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


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