Quotations About / On: SOLITUDE

  • 11.
    Solitude begets whimsies.
    (Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, July 19, 1759. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).)
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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 6 (1991).)
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  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    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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  • 16.
    Solitude is un-American.
    (Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973).)
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden, "Solitude," (1854). Yet, in his journal, Thoreau noted, "It would give me such joy to know that a friend had come to see me, and yet that pleasure I seldom if ever experience." (Dec. 23, 1851).)
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  • 20.
    Multitude, solitude: equal and interchangeable terms for the active and prolific poet.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Little Poems in Prose (Paris Spleen), "Crowds," (1861).)
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