Quotations About / On:
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
(John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. testimony, Jan. 30, 1978, given before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Boston. Hugging the Shore, appendix (1983).)
A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 150, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
It is very easy to love alone.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1927), originally published in Operas and Plays (1932). Four Saints in Three Acts, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, January 1842, at the Masonic Temple in Boston, repr. In The Dial (1843) and Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849). "The Transcendentalist," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords.
(Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, title essay, pt. 2 (1881).)
The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.
(Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), British historian, Whig politician. The Works of Lord Macaulay, vol. 11 (1898). Essay on Athenian Orators, Knight's Quarterly Magazine (Aug. 1824).)
Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.
(John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "Mother," Three Penny Review (Summer 1986).)
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
(Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German artist. Diaries and Letters, entry for Jan. 1, 1912, ed. Hans Kollwitz (1955).)
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
(John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).)
The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.
(Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 1 (1941).)