Quotations About / On:
The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
The most comfortable prison is still a lonely place.
(Kenneth Kolb. Nathan Juran. Genie (Richard Eyer), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, explaining why he wants to be free (1958).)
Lonely people console themselves with self-absorption or curiosity.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Lonely in the cold! But, when love comes, i will get the heat.
The more you stay in this kind of job, the more you realize that a public figure, a major public figure, is a lonely man.
(Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Interview with Stewart Alsop, said during his term as vice president. Quoted in Alsop, "A Talk with Nixon," appendix, Nixon and Rockefeller: A Double Portrait (1960).)
Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
(James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. "Thinking Ourselves Into Trouble," pt. 3, Collecting Himself (1989, first published 1939).)
The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and "mangled mind" leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.
(Elizabeth Drew (1887-1965), Anglo-American author, critic. Poetry: A Modern Guide to Its Understanding and Enjoyment, pt. 2, ch. 13 (1959).)
The modern city hardly knows pure darkness or pure silence anymore, nor does it know the effect of a single small light or that of a lonely distant shout.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 1 (1921, trans. 1995).)
Being prime minister is a lonely job.... you cannot lead from the crowd.
(Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British politician; Prime Minister (1979-1990). The Downing Street Years, ch. 1 (1993).)
By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.
(Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Simple Simon," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)