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Loneliness is the poverty of self,
solitude is the richness of self.

May Sarton


The cure for all the illness of life is stored in the inner depth of life itself, the access to which becomes possible when we are alone.  This solitude is a world in itself, full of wonders and resources unthought of.  It is absurdly near; yet so unapproachably distant.         -Rabindranath Tagore


Wise people are never less alone than when they are alone.       -Jonathan Swift

I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape this aloneness.       -Jim Harrison

It is a difficult lesson to learn today--to leave one's friends and family and deliberately practice the art of solitude for an hour or a day or a week.  And yet, once it is done, I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious.  Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.       -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Deliberately seeking solitude--quality time spent away from family and friends--may seem selfish.  It is not.  Solitude is as necessary for our creative spirits to develop and flourish as are sleep and food for our bodies to survive.        -Sarah Ban Breathnach
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone.  It 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

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.        -Ellen Burstyn
We can cultivate an inner solitude and silence that sets us free from loneliness and fear.  Loneliness is inner emptiness.  Solitude is inner fulfillment.  Solitude is not first a place but a state of mind and heart.  There is a solitude of heart that can be maintained at all times.  Crowds or the lack of them have little to do with this inward attentiveness.  It is quite possible to be a desert hermit and never experience solitude.  But if we possess inward solitude we will not fear being alone, for we know that we are not alone.  Neither do we fear being with others, for they do not control us.  In the midst of noise and confusion we are settled into a deep inner silence.       -Teresa of Avila
Be able to be alone.  Lose not the advantage of solitude.       -Sir Thomas Browne
We cannot confront solitude without moral resources.       -Honore de Balzac
God gives us an irresistible desire for solitude.  It allows us to come in touch with him.  We begin with a time and a place for God.  We are freed from our slavery to the approval and gratitude of others and our need to see ourselves as important.  After we meet God in the inner depths of our soul, we see the world with a new light.  We can then enjoy our regular activities in their proper perspective.  Silence will begin to speak loudly and we will not be able to ignore the voice of God calling to us.  Activity and busyness often hide Godís voice, and if we do not leave the hustle and bustle behind, we will have a difficult time hearing him calling us along our lifeís journey.       -Esther Carls Dodgen
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 LeShan

We visit others as a matter of social obligation.  How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?
-Morris Adler
The person who travels alone can start today; but the person who travels with another must wait until the other is ready.       -Henry David Thoreau

Solitude, o solitude
You can't make up your mind
Sometimes you won't leave us alone
Sometimes you're hard to find

At times you wear a different face
And then you change your name
By calling yourself loneliness
You play your cruel game

On summer nights when stars are bright
We don't want you around
But if we want to share the scene
It's often you we've found

Don't think we don't appreciate
The times we need your touch
But when you hang around too long
You always cost too much

tom walsh

Solitude seems so much fuller than alone time.  It has the added elements of peace and time.  Busy mothers can get alone time, and yet they would open a vein for solitude.
     Solitude gives us time to let our hair down and see what we need, do what we need, and have the quiet to explore its benefits.  When we have alone time, we can take a quiet bath.  When we have solitude, we can use the quiet bath to explore what we I need to do with our solitude.
     Busy people may be able to squeeze in alone time now and again. And people who are living in balance require solitude.  Solitude is that quiet mist of peacefulness that enters our ears and makes its own music, enters our eyes and creates its own art, and enters our pores and imagines its own muse.
     Solitude returns us to ourselves while expanding us beyond our boundaries.  Solitude is precious and essential.        -Anne Wilson Schaef
The most important education you get is your own--the one you learn in solitude.        -Erica Jong

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The goal of a healthy solitude is love:  love and acceptance of ourselves as we are and where we are, and love and compassion for others.       -Dorothy Payne
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is the one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
There were many times in my life, until I was left alone, that I wished for solitude.  I now find that I love solitude.  I never had the blessed gift of being alone until the last of my loved ones was wrested from me.  Now I can go sometimes for days and days without seeing anyone.  I'm not entirely alone, because I listen to the radio and read the newspapers.  I love to read.  That is my greatest new luxury, having the time to read.  And oh, the little things I find to do to make the days, as I say, much too short.
Solitude--walking alone, doing things alone--is the most blessed thing in the world.  The mind relaxes and thoughts begin to flow and I think I am beginning to find myself a little bit.       -Helen Hayes
All humans are frightened of their own solitude.  But only in solitude can we learn to know ourselves, learn to handle our own eternal aloneness.       -Han Suyin
I can be alone,
I know how to be alone.

There is a tacit understanding
between my pencils
and the trees outside;
between the rain
and my luminous hair.

The tea is boiling:
my golden zone,
my pure burning amber.

I can be alone,
I know how to be alone.
By tea-light
I write.

Nina Cassian

We need periods of being by ourselves--alone.  Sometimes a fortnight or even a week will do wonders for one, unless he or she has drawn too heavily on the account.  The simple custom, moreover, of taking an hour, or even a half hour, alone in the quiet, in the midst of the daily routine of life, would be the source of inestimable gain for countless numbers.       -Ralph Waldo Trine
I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people, that each protects the solitude of the other.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
When you have closed your doors, and darkened your room, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; God is within, and your genius is within--and what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

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Great minds are like eagles, and build their nest in some lofty solitude. . . . People can be themselves only so long as we are alone, and if we do not love solitude, we will not love freedom, for it is only when we are alone that we are really free.     -Artur Schopenhauer
To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of loneliness and change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude.     -Henri J. Nouwen
Against the love of pleasure, effective beyond all else is solitude.  For those who put out of sight the things that are worldly lose the desire for them.     -Moses H. Luzzatto

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