80+ Best Solitude Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Solitude the quality or state of being alone or remote from society. Inspirational solitude quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Solitude Quotes

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. Carl Sandburg

Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude. Miguel de Unamuno

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon

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

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once. Robert Browning

In solitude, listen to your heart, for at that moment, it speaks nothing but the truth. Michael Bassey Johnson

I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else. Joshua Slocum

Like dry ground welcoming the rain, he let the solitude, silence, and loneliness soak in. Haruki Murakami

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. Napoleon Hill

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Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac

Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle

Solitude is independence. Hermann Hesse

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

I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.  Charles Bukowski

Quiet people have the loudest minds. Stephen Hawking

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools speak because they have to say something. Plato

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. Thomas A. Edison

Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

I restore myself when I’m alone.  Marilyn Monroe

We need solitude because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts. Tamim Ansary

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone. Octavio Paz

I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds. Laurie Helgoe

Amazing Solitude Quotes

I live in solitude. I have need of solitude to do the next day’s work. I can’t be to parties where the noise tires me. I can’t speak on the telephone. I must have complete calm. Yves Saint Laurent

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. Rainer Maria Rilke

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it. Liv Tyler

I’m very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television. Johnny Cash

It’s not your enemies who condemn you to solitude, it’s your friends. Milan Kundera

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. Henry Miller

There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while. Tom Hanks

Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace. Nikki Rowe

I always saw myself as this quiet, introspective, thoughtful person. Maggie Rogers

In solitude we realize that nothing human is alien to us. Henri J.M. Nouwen

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein

Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places. A. R. Rahman

It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. C.S. Lewis

If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing. William S. Boroughs

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude. William Wordsworth

Your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.  Rainer Maria Rilke

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. Jeanne Moreau

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau

This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude. Jean de la Bruyère

Solitude will teach you how to navigate your inner dialogue. In the space of silence you hear clearly, the voice of your own soul. Nikki Rowe

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. Albert Einstein

Orlando naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel himself for ever and ever and ever alone. Virginia Woolf

I like solitude. I like the anomalous life. I like a quiet life. Eric Clapton

Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know. Michaela Chung

Top Solitude Quotes

I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone. Dimitri Zaik

People empty me. I have to get away to refill. Charles Bukowski

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

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. Henry David Thoreau

I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel. Audrey Hepburn

There is a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends because I’m too content by myself. Drew Barrymore

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. Charlotte Brontë

Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first. Wayne Cordeiro

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Laurence Sterne

Being introverted, it doesn’t mean necessarily being shy or being afraid of public speaking; it just means that it’s hard for me to interact with people for too long. Amy Schumer

But generally speaking, I tend to be quiet and introspective. Rowan Atkinson

Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home. Jenn Granneman

Solitude is like a riverbank where the truth is waiting for you with a boat. Shunya

Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge. Paulo Coelho

I try to factor solitude into my life because more and more, that’s becoming a very precious and rare commodity. Robyn Davidson

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. James Russell Lowell

I think a lot, but I don’t say much. Anne Frank

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. Bertrand Russell

I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least. Bob Newhart

It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me. Jodie Foster

There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. Maggie Smith

I am a bit of a solitude person – a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don’t have any major friendships or relationships with people. Anthony Hopkins

I don’t want to be alone. I want to be left alone. Audrey Hepburn

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines. Paul Brunton