103+ Famous Loneliness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Most of the time you can feel lonely. Even though your surroundings are very crowded, there may be moments when you feel lonely. Loneliness can be very difficult for you. But also, it can be beneficial. Inspirational loneliness quotes will motivate you to enjoy your life, and help you build mental strength, increase productivity, and spark creativity.

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Best Lonely Quotes

  • The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. – Mother Teresa
  • The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. – Johann Wolfgange Von Goethe
  • Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
  • A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone. – Mandy Hale
  • Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. – Dag Hammarskjold
  • The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. – Michel de Montaigne
  • We are all born alone and die alone. The loneliness is definitely part of the journey of life. – Jenova Chen
  • People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world. – Kim Culbertson
  • Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate. – Germaine Greer
  • Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself.
  • The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone. – Robin William
  • You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. – Wayne Dyer
  • Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself. – Robert Tew
  • Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse. – Regina Brett
  • Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone. – Rollo May
  • Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.
  • The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. – Arthur C. Clarke
  • There’s a special quality to the loneliness of dusk, a melancholy more brooding even than the night’s. – Ed Gorman
  • Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up. – Pearl Buck
  • I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does. – Henry Rollins
  • The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself. – Mary Balogh
  • Times may have changed, but there are some things that are always with us- loneliness is one of them. – Laurie Graham
  • A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  • If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know you, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but you for your happiness… you will realize that a little loneliness goes a long way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful you. – Mandy Hale
  • Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony. – Douglas Coupland
  • Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.
  • It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny. – Joel Osteen
  • Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality. – Olivia Laing
  • Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me. – Anne Hathaway
  • Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness. – Poppy Z. Brite
  • Loneliness is not lack of company; loneliness is lack of purpose. – Guillermo Maldonado
  • The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. – Lois Lowry
  • When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves. – Eda J. LeShan
  • Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? – Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart
  • If you are alone, you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion, you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct, and if you have more than one companion, you will fall more deeply into the same plight. – Leonardo da Vinci
  • Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better. – Henry Rollins
  • There is something immaculate about loneliness which only lonely people can understand. – Munia Khan
  • Some people can’t stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I’m a regular talking machine. It’s all or nothing for me. – Celine Dion
  • There are worse things than feeling alone. Things like being with someone and still feeling alone. – M.W Poetry
  • Loneliness isn’t about being by yourself. That’s fine, right and good, desirable in many ways. Loneliness is about finding a landing-place, or not, and knowing that, whatever you do, you can go back there. The opposite of loneliness isn’t company, it is return. A place to return. – Jeanette Winterson
  • The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want. – Justin Timberlake
  • I’m learning to deal with my loneliness because then nobody can muck me around anymore. – Amanda Eliasch
  • Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. – Thomas Wolfe
  • There’s nothing abnormal about loneliness. – Paula Stokes
  • Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. – Paul Tillich
  • I was lonely. I felt it deeply and permanently, that this state of being on my own might never disappear. But I welcomed the loneliness, which had everything to do with being anonymous. It’s never loneliness that nibbles away at a person’s insides, but not having room inside themselves to be comfortably alone. – Rachel Sontag
  • Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. – Maya Angelou
  • At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self. – Brendan Behan
  • Maybe true love isn’t out there for me, but I can sublimate my loneliness with the notion that true love is out there for someone. – Roxane Gay
  • Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings. – Paulo Coelho
  • When I feel truly alone, with a sense of being lost, even empty inside, it is then I realize I have unknowingly moved away from God, so I move back. – David L. Weatherford
  • Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. – Dalai Lama
  • My inspirations are the woman, friendship, and loneliness. – Enrique Iglesias
  • Pretending to be happy when you’re alone is an example of how strong you are as a person.
  • Take care of your thoughts when you’re alone. And take care of your words when you’re with people. We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. – Albert Schweitzer
  • We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. – Orson Welles
  • I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
  • If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness. – Sharon Salzberg
  • 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 S. Buck
  • Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in. – C. S. Lewis
  • Who knows what true loneliness is- not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. – Joseph Conrad
  • The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all. – Deb Caletti
  • Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
  • My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues. – Khalil Gibran
  • Loneliness is not a fault but a condition of existence. – Ivan Albright
  • Every day, people serve their neighbors and our nation in many different ways, from helping a child learn and easing the loneliness of those without a family to defending our freedom overseas. It is in this spirit of dedication to others and to our country that I believe service should be broadly and deeply encouraged. – John McCain
  • It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world’s progress has come out of such loneliness. – Bruce Barton
  • All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart. – Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
  • Thirsty for attention is a cry of loneliness. – Toba Beta
  • Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed. – Thomas Harris
  • It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone- so far. – Marilyn Monroe
  • Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. – Honoré de Balzac
  • There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy. – Dante
  • Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact. – Martha Beck
  • The lonely become either thoughtful or empty. – Mason Cooley
  • Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other. – John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
  • People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. – Joseph F. Newton
  • I’m not sure whether I’ve been happy. After my last book tour, I sat on my balcony with a cup of tea. I thought: ‘You can’t rewind the movie. I’ve spent more than half my life in the Middle East. There have been great moments of horror and depression and loneliness. – Robert Fisk
  • The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. – Mark Twain
  • If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right. – Jules Renard
  • I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. – Edgar Allan Poe
  • For whoever is lonely there is a tavern. – Georg Trakl
  • There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. – Maggie Smith
  • People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in. – Margaret Cho
  • I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, the strongest men are the most alone. I’ve never thought, Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good. No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there? Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine! – Charles Bukowski
  • A lonely person is at home everywhere. – Russian Proverb
  • All great and precious things are lonely. – John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  • To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be. – Anna Louise Strong
  • Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. – Charles Bukowski, Women
  • What is man without the beasts? For if all the beast were gone, man would die of a great loneliness of the spirit. – Chief Seattle
  • When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings. At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self. – Brendan Behan
  • Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell. – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • I have a feeling of complete balance. The sea, the house, the loneliness, the light. Everything is clearer. Much more precise. I have the feeling that I am living on a limit, and I’m crossing that limit sometimes. – Ingmar Bergman
  • The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely. – Charlotte Brontë
  • I had to learn compassion. Had to learn what it felt like to hate, and to forgive and to love and be loved. And to lose people close to me. Had to feel deep loneliness and sorrow. And then I could write. – Louise Penny
  • Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way. – Janet Fitch, White Oleander

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