100 Loneliness Quotes To Comfort And Inspire You

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best loneliness quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find some relief and serenity after reading them. Being alone is something we all experience, but it doesn’t have to be painful. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Lao Tzu, Thoreau, and more. Enjoy!

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It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. Mahatma Gandhi

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Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose. Guillermo Maldonado

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The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. Albert Einstein

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Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better. Henry Rollins

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The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which makes you lonely. Lorraine Hansberry


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Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit. Naval Ravikant

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When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. Gertrude Stein

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The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care. Hugh MacLeod

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Loneliness is a tax we have to pay to atone for a certain complexity of mind. Alain de Botton

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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. Mary Sarton

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Feeling lonely is fine. Staying this way forever is not. Maxime Lagacé

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The loneliness you feel is actually an opportunity to reconnect with others and yourself. Maxime Lagacé

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If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. Paulo Coelho (Source)

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There is nothing outside of yourself, look within. Everything you want is there – you are That. Rumi


The Best Loneliness Quotes And Alone Quotes

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By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear. George Herbert

We feel alone, and in this we are connected. Leo Babauta

Every single human being who is alive has felt this kind of pain, hopelessness, and loneliness at one time or another. We are all connected through this shared pain and struggle. Leo Babauta

Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. Lois Lowry

Remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. Epictetus


Lonely is not being alone, it’s the feeling that no one cares. Unknown

What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be. Ellen Burstyn

If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right. Jules Renard

After 10 years of depression and loneliness, I realized the person I missed the most was not another, but myself. Maxime Lagacé

The reality is life is a single-player game. You’re born alone. You’re going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone. You’re gone in three generations and nobody cares. Before you showed up, nobody cared. It’s all single-player. Naval Ravikant

We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. The price, and marker, of growth. Naval Ravikant

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

I don’t mind being alone. I just don’t want to be part of the crowd. Naval Ravikant

Part 1. We’re used to constantly judging things. The act of judging something separates you from that thing. Naval Ravikant

Part 2. Over time, as you judge, judge, judge, you invariably judge people. You judge yourself. You separate yourself from everything, and then you end up lonely. Naval Ravikant

Part 3. That feeling of disconnection, loneliness, is eventually what leads to suffering. Naval Ravikant

He who’s mind is not steady does not find happiness either amongst the people or in the solitude of the forest. When alone, he longs for company, and when in company, he longs for solitude. Chanakya

Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation. Albert Einstein

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

We don’t need sugar, flour or rice or anything else. We just want to see our dear ones. Hafiz of Persia (Hafez)

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. Pearl Buck

A lonely day is God’s way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you. Criss Jami

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The Most Famous Loneliness Quotes (Einstein, Mother Teresa, Thoreau, etc.)

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All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Blaise Pascal

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

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. Rainer Maria Rilke

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone. Robin Williams

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. Mother Teresa

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius

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Either give me more wine or leave me alone. Rumi

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke. Vincent Van Gogh

Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right. Vladimir Putin

I came alone in this world, I have walked alone in the valley of the shadow of death, and I shall quit alone when the time comes. Mahatma Gandhi

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I restore myself when I’m alone. Marilyn Monroe

Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust and loneliness. 14th Dalai Lama

I don’t want to be alone. I want to be left alone. Audrey Hepburn

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). Mark Twain

Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate. Bruce Lee

Short Loneliness Quotes

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One-liners, short loneliness quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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I am here for you. Thich Nhat Hanh

You are not alone. Trust me. Paulo Coelho

I’m a lion in a strange land. Criss Jami

I became strong because I was lonely. Maxime Lagacé

Do not allow your loneliness to lower your standards. Daddy Dom (Source)

In the long run, every pain is a gift. Maxime Lagacé

I might be alone, but I’m never lonely. Megan Hart

Loneliness is one thing, solitude another. Friedrich Nietzsche

A man thinking or working is always alone. Henry David Thoreau

Large groups are no place for smart people. Naval Ravikant

Where will you find the virtuous man? Alone. @TheStoicEmperor

If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely. Aldous Huxley

If you can’t live alone, you were born a slave. Fernando Pessoa

Don’t feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. Rumi


Inspirational Quotes About Loneliness (You Are Not Alone!)

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Ordinary men hate solitude. But the master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. Lao Tzu

All great and precious things are lonely. John Steinbeck

As soon as I realized happiness was internal and that I was the only one responsible for it, I stopped feeling lonely. Maxime Lagacé

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. Hafiz of Persia (Hafez)

I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone. Marilynne Robinson

Know that even if you feel alone, you are not alone. I, for one, am connected to you because I’m thinking of you, all of you. I’m connected to you because I too have suffered in similar ways. We have shared pain, shared hopelessness, shared loneliness. Leo Babauta (Related: To Those Who Are Struggling, zenhabits.net)

I can’t take away your pain, but I can offer you two miracles: the love that comes from turning toward other human beings, and the connection we have to everyone on Earth. Leo Babauta

Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness. Sharon Salzberg

The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself. Robert Greene

Work in silence. It is the silent work the work done in solitude done purely in principle and conviction driven by a force of purpose that separates men. Max Panzer

I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself. Wayne Dyer

Being alone is a priceless opportunity; it’s the perfect time for self—observation, introspection and realization. Yogi Ramdad

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone. Amit Ray

Related: How to Connect With Humanity When You Feel All Alone (zenhabits.net)


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The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. When we examine the moments, acts, and statements of all kinds of people — not only the grief and ecstasy of the greatest poets, but also the huge unhappiness of the average soul…we find, I think, that they are all suffering from the same thing. The final cause of their complaint is loneliness. Thomas Wolfe

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. Eric Fromm

Key Takeaways

  • It’s fine to feel lonely, just don’t dig your hole for too long.
  • To feel less lonely, try to find some purpose in your life.
  • To feel less lonely, try asking yourself “what’s great about it?” (Yes, try it for real)
  • Good ways to spend time alone?
    • Journal
    • Exercise
    • Meditate (mindful.org)
    • Walk in nature
    • Create something. Work on something important to you.
  •  The benefit of being alone? You get to know yourself. And with self-knowledge comes inner peace.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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October 4, 2022

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