Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
The watcher of my solitude is my own creation.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)