Quotations The Best Quotes About Loneliness  

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A list of the best loneliness quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous loneliness quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic loneliness quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational loneliness quotes from that same writer.

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Loneliness breaks the spirit.

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Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate. Germaine Greer

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What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear. Dag Hammarskjöld

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Of my friends I am the only one left. Terence

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself. Walt Whitman

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No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness. Georges Bernanos

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Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad. Joseph Conrad

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To live alone is the fate of all great souls. Arthur Schopenhauer

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When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone. Walter Scott

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Be good and you will be lonely. Mark Twain

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The surest cure for vanity is loneliness. Thomas Wolfe

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When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger. Mother Teresa

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Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome. Oscar Levant

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We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone. James Anthony Froude

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It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. Albert Einstein

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Strife is better than loneliness.

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I was never less alone than when by myself. Edward Gibbon

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The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness. Norman Cousins

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We're all in this alone. Lily Tomlin

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We are most of us very lonely in this world; you who have any who love you, cling to them and thank God.

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The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account. Alice Walker

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All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone. Jean de La Bruyère

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Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain. Elizabeth Bowen

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Some nights, valor and cold purpose aren't enough. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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What torments my soul is its loneliness. The more it expands among friends and the daily habits or pleasures, the more, it seems to me, it flees me and retires into its fortress. The poet who lives in solitude, but who produces much, is the one who enjoys those treasures we bear in our bosom, but which forsake us when we give ourselves to others. When one yields oneself completely to one's soul, it opens itself to one, and then it is that the capricious thing allows one the greatest of good fortunes... that of sympathizing with others, of studying itself, of painting itself constantly in its works. Eugène Delacroix

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You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. Wayne Dyer

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The essence of this man -- Richard M. Nixon is loneliness. Henry Kissinger

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One aged man -- one man -- can't fill a house. Robert Frost

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It's a terrible thing to be alone -- yes it is -- it is -- but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath --as terrible as you like --but a mask. Katherine Mansfield

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Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre

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‎"Niko and his women will be the death of all the Stepsons yet." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities! Mark Twain

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Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man. Thomas Carlyle

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A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man --the one he used to be. Cesare Pavese

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When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone. Tennessee Williams

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Some nights, one wants to tell beloveds everything that’s been waiting to be said. Some nights, a man needs flesh and blood and warm breath and a loving heart. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.

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We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. Tennessee Williams