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If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle. Samuel Johnson

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Solitude is un-American. Erica Jong

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Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favorable to virtue. Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad. Samuel Johnson

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Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous- to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. Thomas Mann

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Though the most beautiful creature were waiting for me at the end of a journey or a walk; though the carpet were of silk, the curtains of the morning clouds; the chairs and sofa stuffed with cygnet's down; the food manna, the wine beyond claret, the window opening on Winander Mere, I should not feel --or rather my happiness would not be so fine, as my solitude is sublime. John Keats

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The best thinking has been done in solitude. Thomas Edison

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The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. Omar Khayyám

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Solitude: a sweet absence of looks. Milan Kundera

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Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A solitude is the audience-chamber of God. Walter Savage Landor

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The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

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O Solitude! If I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap of murky buildings John Keats

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Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character. James Russell Lowell

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What call thou solitude? Is not the earth with various living creatures, and the air replenished, and all these at thy command to come and play before thee? John Milton

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The good and the wise lead quiet lives. Euripides

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An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness. Henry Miller

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Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. Albert Einstein

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We walk alone in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History? Charles de Gaulle

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Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again. Emil Cioran

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You have already failed if you need a lot of inspectors.

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A man by himself is in bad company. Eric Hoffer

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By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself: see what thy soul doth wear. Dare to look in thy chest; for 'Tis thine own: And tumble up and down what thou findst there. Who cannot rest till he good fellows find, he breaks up house, turns out of doors his mind. George Herbert

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I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein

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We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain. Edward Dahlberg

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We never touch but at points. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Laurence Sterne

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Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones. Sydney Smith

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In solitude, be a multitude to thyself. Tibullus by all means use sometimes to be alone. George Herbert

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It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Albert Camus

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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon

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Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore. William Cowper

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One can acquire everything in solitude except character. Stendhal

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When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude. William Wordsworth

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I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau

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I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. Henry David Thoreau

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This great misfortune -- to be incapable of solitude. Jean de La Bruyère

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In solitude, where we are least alone. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves. Eric Hoffer

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True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow. Edward Hoagland

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Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity. Ovid

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A man can be himself only so long as he is alone. Arthur Schopenhauer

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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. Henry David Thoreau

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Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Winston Churchill

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May God be gracious to each lonely one who walks in silence towards the setting sun.

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In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) than a human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention. Simone Weil

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History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion. Thomas Carlyle