Quotations About / On:
Just as I shall lie alone in the grave, so, in essence, do I live alone.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 86, "Nauka" (1980).)
You have to be taught to leave us alone. Leave us alone.
(Stirling Silliphant (b. 1918), U.S. screenwriter, and Wolf Rilla. David Zellaby (Martin Stephens), Village of the Damned, speaking to his uncle about himself and the other alien children (1960).)
I want to be alone ... I just want to be alone.
(William A. Drake, screenwriter, and Edmund Goulding. Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo), in Grand Hotel (film) (1932).
The phrase was associated with Garbo although she claims never to have said it word for word: "I only said I want to be let alone." In the movie The Single Standard, she spoke the line: "I am walking alone because I want to be alone.")
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
(Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. Address, March 1990, Centenary College of Louisiana. New York Times (March 11, 1990).)
Rome alone can resist Rome.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Viriate, in Sertorius, act 3, sc. 1 (1662).
Viriate argues that only Roman citizens can defeat the tyranny that reigns there.)
To be adult is to be alone.
(Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).)
Testing oneself is best when done alone.
(Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. "Trout," in Always a Reckoning and Other Poems, p. 115, New York: Times Books (1995).
Describing the challenge of fishing for trout.)
Even alone we go on justifying ourselves.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Change alone is unchanging.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 23, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
The strong man is strongest when alone.
(Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Tell, in Wilhelm Tell, act 1, sc. 3, trans. by Sir Thomas Martin.)