Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Solitude must be that of a caterpillar that transforms itself to become a butterfly; coming out of the cocoon without wings makes the exercise a waste of time. - unknown
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that can’t be changed, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. - Niebuhr, Reinhold ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.~Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.~Pearl Buck (1892-1973)
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, when you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have [such] a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.~Joseph Campbell
If you hate solitude, avoid marriage.~Anton Chekhov (1860-1904).
Alone, alone, all, all alone,/ Alone on a wide wide sea!/ And never a saint took pity on/ My soul in agony.~Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798)
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.~Colette (1873-1954). French novelist.
We live, as we dream — alone.~Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). Heart of Darkness (1902).
The deepest need of man is the need to overcome his separateness, to leave the prison of his aloneness.~Eric Fromm (1900-80); German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and philosopher. The Art of Loving (1956).
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To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude. ~ Joseph Addison ~
The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man. ~ Louis D. Brandeis ~
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. ~ Albert Einstein ~
There is convincing evidence that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need. Just as humans posses a herding instinct that keeps us close to others most of the time, we also have a conflicting drive to seek out solitude. If the distance between ourselves and others becomes too great, we experience isolation and alienation, yet if the proximity to others becomes too close, we feel smothered and trapped. ~ Jeffrey Kottler ~
It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them…. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. ~Thomas Merton~
"Do all things with love." Og Mandino
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Never less idle than when wholly idle, nor less alone than when wholly alone. --Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.E., De Officiis, III, i.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will. --Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Solitude.
Seashell ebb music wayriver she flows. --James Joyce
Celebrity is bestial. It is the worst type of karma because of the huge solitude it brings. You are like a gazelle that finds itself straying from the flock. And soon your path is cut off by lions.~Brad Pitt (1963- ), U.S. screen actor.
"Solitude is a human presumption. Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot, a tug of impalpable thread on the web pulling mate to mate and predator to prey, a beginning or an end. Every choice is a world made new for the chosen." -- Barbara Kingsolver
- much love, light and laughter, ananya.
Scatter joy ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. ~*Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make your's burn any brighter.*~ We can't all be stars, but we can all twinkle. We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. ― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fratres in unum ~ Psalm133
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