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The Best Quotes About Loneliness

Updated June 14, 2019 206 votes 86 voters 16.8k views

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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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about loneliness?" and "What are inspirational loneliness quotes?"

This list includes notable loneliness quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest loneliness quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite loneliness sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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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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    No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.

    Georges Bernanos
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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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    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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    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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    Loneliness breaks the spirit.

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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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    Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.

    Thomas Carlyle
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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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    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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    All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

    Jean de La Bruyère
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    The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.

    Norman Cousins
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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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    It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

    Albert Einstein
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    Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    One aged man -- one man -- can't fill a house.

    Robert Frost
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    We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.

    James Anthony Froude
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    I was never less alone than when by myself.

    Edward Gibbon
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    It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.

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

    Henry Kissinger
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    Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.

    Oscar Levant
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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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    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