Quotations About / On:
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).)
Next to a shot of some good, habit-forming narcotic, there is nothing like travelling alone as a "builder-upper."
(Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. Chips Off the Old Benchley, "He Travels Fastest," Harper & Brothers (1949).)
I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, letter, August 11, 1846, to Louise Colet, Conard (1926-1933).)
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).)