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.
    A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 13.
    One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. "Miscellaneous Fragments," On Love (1822).)
  • 14.
    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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  • 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.
    Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 6 (1991).)
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    Solitude is un-American.
    (Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973).)
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  • 20.
    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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