Quotations About / On: SOLITUDE

  • 11.
    Solitude would be an ideal state if one were able to pick the people one avoids.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 12.
    The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Essence of Religion: Solitaries and Sociables," Proper Studies (1927).)
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  • 13.
    True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.
    (Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. Weekend Guardian (London, Jan. 20-21, 1990).)
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  • 14.
    Friendship, according to Proust, is the negation of that irremediable solitude to which every human being is condemned.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 46, Grove Press (1957).)
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  • 15.
    To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing Solitude.
    (Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. The Spectator, No. 4 (1711).)
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  • 16.
    The watcher of my solitude is my own creation.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 17.
    The bloom of Monticello is chilled by my solitude.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, March 27, 1797, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 142, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
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  • 18.
    We must reserve a back shop all our own, entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Solitude," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 39, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
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  • 19.
    Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Quoting an anonymous source, in "Of Friendship," Essays (1597-1625).)
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  • 20.
    I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden, "Visitors," (1854).)
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