340 Loneliness Quotes That Will Help You Be Alone And Happy

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Please enjoy this list of loneliness quotes. I hope that 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.

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

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

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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 Click to tweet

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

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


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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 Click to tweet

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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 Click to tweet

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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 Click to tweet

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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 Click to tweet

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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

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The Best Loneliness Quotes And Alone Quotes

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

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)

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

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

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. Lao Tzu

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

Rise to the level of your ideals, not the average of your environment. The Stoic Emperor

Lonely is not being alone, it’s the feeling that no one cares. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it. Tim Fargo

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

The crowds poison, too much time and you end up like them. Retreat to yourself. The only safe place. Crypto Seneca (This is one of my favorite quote about loneliness and being alone. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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The Most Famous Loneliness And Being Alone 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 Click to tweet

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

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

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

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

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

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

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

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

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

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

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

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

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

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

I restore myself when I’m alone. Marilyn Monroe

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

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. Mark Twain

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

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Short Loneliness Quotes

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I am here for you. Thich Nhat Hanh Click to tweet

You are not alone. Trust me. Paulo Coelho

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

Where’s your will to be weird? Jim Morrison

I’m strong because I was lonely. Maxime Lagacé

This task is yours and yours alone. Naval Ravikant

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Joseph Roux

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 Click to tweet

Where will you find the virtuous man? Alone. The Stoic Emperor

I like to be alone, but I hate being lonely. Unknown

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? George Eliot

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

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

Chance never helps those who do not help themselves. Sophocles

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

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Inspirational And Positive Quotes About Loneliness (You Are Not Alone!)

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

Loneliness, when accepted, is a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. Paulo Coelho

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All great and precious things are lonely. John Steinbeck

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 (See also: To Those Who Are Struggling)

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

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

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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 Click to tweet

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. Andrew Wyeth

I am completely a loner. In my head I want to feel I can be anywhere. There is a sort of recklessness that being a loner allows me. Arundhati Roy

It’s ok to feel lonely sometimes. We are human and to feel is to live. Loneliness is a feeling just like any other; happiness, joy etc. If we don’t feel lonely sometimes, how would we feel when we are happy and joyous? The Happy Philosopher

It is not easy to be a person of high standards; you have to pay for it. It does, however, make you stand out from the crowd, which alone makes it worth more than its price. The Ancient Sage

If you want to be in the top 1% of a particular domain, then you can’t take your cues from and follow the social norms of 99% of people. This is harder than it sounds. We are wired to imitate. The further you want to climb, the more carefully you need to construct your tribe. James Clear

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

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. Maya Angelou

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. Albert Einstein

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

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Funny Loneliness Quotes (Or, At Least, That Could Make You Smile)

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Either give me more wine or leave me alone. Rumi Click to tweet

I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. J.D. Salinger

There is a guy in the coffee shop sitting alone and drinking coffee like a crazy person. No phone. No laptop. No smart watch. No book. Just coffee. Alone with his thoughts. Shane Parrish

To be successful, one has to be one of three bees – the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in. Suzy Kassem

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people that I feel on my own. Henry Rollins

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac

The irony of loneliness is we all feel it at the same time — together. Rupi Kaur

So you’re a little weird? Work it! A little different? Own it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd! Mandy Hale

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. Anthony Burgess

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Deep And Emotional Loneliness Quotes (Some Are Sad 🙁 )

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Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Solitude can be tolerated only up to a certain limit, you know. Albert Einstein

I am a real lone wolf who has never wholeheartedly belonged to the State, to my country, my circle of friends and not even to my family but who, despite all these bonds, has constantly experienced a feeling of strangeness and the need for solitude. Albert Einstein

I’m so scared of dying without ever being really seen. Can you understand? David Foster Wallace

We’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we’ve never even met? David Foster Wallace

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

Human beings can’t bear silence. It would mean that they would bear themselves. Pascal Mercier

We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding. Rudyard Kipling

No one has ever properly understood me, I have never fully understood anyone; and no one understands anyone else. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not up to others to protect or help you. You are on your own. Robert Greene

No one is really going to help you or give you direction. Robert Greene

We must all die alone, which really means, that our pain is for us alone to endure. Others can throw us words of encouragement, but in every life, we are out on the ocean drowning in the swell and others, even the nice ones, are standing on the shore, waving cheerily. Alain de Botton

Loneliness is the longing for connection. The Happy Philosopher

To feel lonely is to join the rest of humanity in acknowledging the painful reality that we are somehow fundamentally separated from each other, never to be fully understood. The Happy Philosopher

The modern struggle – Lone individuals summoning inhuman willpower, fasting, meditating, and exercising, up against armies of scientists and statisticians weaponizing abundant food, screens, and medicine into junk food, clickbait news, infinite porn, endless games and addictive drugs. Naval Ravikant

Reality is neutral. Our reactions reflect back and create our world. Judge, and feel separate and lonely. Anger, and lose peace of mind. Cling, and live in anxiety. Fantasize, and miss the present. Desire, and suffer until you have it. Heaven and hell are right here, right now. Naval Ravikant

It is better for an exceptional individual to be alone (and in the company of great men of the past and present through their books, etc) than to be in the mediocrizing influence of those around him. A genius is nourished by his solitary rebellion against the ways of society. The Ancient Sage

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. Patrick OShaughnessy

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. Pearl S. Buck

You evolved to hunt and fight and create and connect. Not sit at home and watch TV and cram pizza into your intestines all the damn time. No wonder you feel sad, lonely, and depressed – in fact, it would be surprising if you didn’t. Life Math Money

Most people keep eating not because they’re hungry, but because they’re bored. Life Math Money

A man is born alone and dies alone, and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone, and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode. Chanakya

If you want to live a miserable life, then blame everyone for your problems and never take responsibility for anything. Thibaut

Don’t live in a manner that makes you despise being alone with yourself. The Stoic Emperor

People fear the places the undistracted mind might wander too. Much of what people describe as boredom is in fact a fear of stillness. Distraction lets us fill our minds with other voices so we don’t have to listen to the inner voice that whispers truths we fear to confront. The Stoic Emperor

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. Criss Jami

Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times. Kate L. Bosher

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. Charles Bukowski

The price for independence is often isolation and solitude. Steve Schmidt

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

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Wise Loneliness And Alone Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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

A high degree of loneliness is an inexorable part of being a sensitive and intelligent human. It’s a built-in feature of a complex existence. Alain de Botton

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Shane Parrish

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

Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself. Rupi Kaur

Boredom is a defense mechanism to avoid having to sit alone with our unaddressed thoughts. Naval Ravikant

If you can only learn from people that you 100% agree with on everything, it’s going to be a dark and lonely life. Naval Ravikant

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

It is the barren silence of winter that makes the birdsong and blossoms of spring so enchanting. Leisure after labor. Company after solitude. Home after a voyage. Contrasts reveal the nature of things. The world is always in flux. Appreciate the season while it lasts. The Stoic Emperor

Part 1. The wisdom of our language has grasped these two sides of a man’s being alone. It has created the word loneliness in order to emphasize the pain of being alone, and it has created the word solitude in order to emphasize the glory of being alone. In daily life, these words are not always distinguished; but we should do it consistently, thus deepening by these very words the understanding of our human predicament. Paul Tillich

Part 2. Loneliness can be conquered alone by those who can bear solitude. Let us dare to have solitude — to face the eternal, to find others, to see ourselves. Paul Tillich

Alternate between the solitary and the social. Whether alone or with others, keep serenity. Deng Ming-Dao

The best way to get approval is not to need it. Hugh MacLeod Click to tweet

Part 1. Modern society gives us incredible flexibility in that we can get away from our crazy family members, and we’re not destined to die where we were born or do what our parents did. So we have incredible freedom. Naval Ravikant

Part 2. But then coming with it is this tremendous loneliness that we try and cover up either through drugs or alcohol, or partying, even trying to find a mission like putting people on Mars. But the reality is a lot of that loneliness just comes from being disconnected from growing up with your tribal environment. Naval Ravikant

The only way to survive is to admit you are on your own, learn to make your own decisions, and trust your judgement. Robert Greene

When you’re alone, watch your thoughts. When you’re successful, watch your ego. When you’ve got problems, watch your emotions. When you’re with the crowds, watch what you say. Crypto Seneca

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. Friedrich Nietzsche

What is needed is this, and this alone: solitude, great inner loneliness. Going into oneself and not meeting anyone for hours – that is what one must arrive at. Rainer Maria Rilke

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it. Rainer Maria Rilke

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Quotes About Loneliness, Being Alone And Life

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Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone. Elizabeth Gilbert Click to tweet

Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. Thomas Wolfe

Seeking truth is a lonely business. Naval Ravikant

Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place. Naval Ravikant

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein

A life without pain and suffering is like a sea without waves: lifeless. Be rational, take a new perspective and detach yourself, they will pass. Maxime Lagacé

If you are a thoughtful person you are alone in this world. Do not expect anyone to understand you or to share your perspective. The Ancient Sage

When you let go of the need for respectability and no longer care about your social image, you unchain yourself from the bonds of mediocrity. If you care about what others think you are not free to be yourself. You live a fake life which no amount of outward success can justify. The Ancient Sage

Chasing after your dreams is lonely. No one will understand your struggles. Such sacrifices are silent and without rewards. You must be content within your own being. Crypto Seneca

Living alone, though it may not be the state you ultimately desire for yourself, affords an unparalleled opportunity to know yourself, to be yourself, and to develop yourself as a unique and interesting individual. Phillis Hobe

A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else. Criss Jami

Quiet people always know more than they seem. Although very normal, their inner world is by default fronted mysterious and therefore assumed weird. Never underestimate the social awareness and sense of reality in a quiet person; they are some of the most observant, absorbent persons of all. Criss Jami

For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged. Alice Walker

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines. Paul Brunton

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Friedrich Nietzsche

I was very often full of rage and despair. I was always lonely. In spite of all that I was and am in love with life. Jeanette Winterson

I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable. Henry Miller

A truly good person is not afraid to think from their heart; therefore, allowing nonconformist decisions, viewpoints, and perspectives to lead their life. Suzy Kassem

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone. Saul Bellow Click to tweet

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death — ourselves. Eda LeShan

You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation. Charles E. Popplestone

It is when we are alone that we receive the opportunity to build a relationship with who we truly are. Robin Sharma

It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. Rumi

See also: How to Be Comfortable Being Alone | Robin Sharma (YouTube video)

Quotes About Happiness And Enjoying Being Alone

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I’m all alone but I’m not lonely. Haruki Murakami Click to tweet

Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth. Epicurus

Happiness belongs to the self sufficient. Aristotle

Being solitary isn’t a disease that needs a cure. Natasha Pulley

To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world. Anthony Burgess

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. Thomas Browne

What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes. Marcus Tullius Cicero

I love people, but I also love recharging my batteries, thinking, running, creating and being alone. Maxime Lagacé

Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything—that does not involve a screen. Jean M. Twenge

Nobody reaches enlightenment or internal happiness or does serious internal work in group settings. It is a very lonely kind of task. Naval Ravikant

Alone time is the best time. But it never seems that way when it’s happening, just after the fact. Naval Ravikant

You leave me alone for a day, it will be the happiest day I’ve had in awhile. That is a superpower that I think everybody can attain. Naval Ravikant (See also: Learning to Enjoy Being Alone is a Superpower | Joe Rogan and Naval Ravikant (YouTube video))

Having tasted the joys of solitude, I forgot the need to please my relatives and friends. Milarepa

He craved silences and solitude. He simply could not get lost in another person’s life. Sreesha Divakaran

What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it — like a secret vice. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of true romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness. Hunter S. Thompson

Your relationship with yourself is a marriage from which there is no earthly escape. Death is the only divorce. A well-ordered mind is at home with solitude. A contented man can tolerate his own company. The Stoic Emperor

Don’t ever put your happiness in someone else’s hands. They’ll drop it. They’ll drop it every time. Christopher Barzak

I never feel unsafe except for when the majority is on my side. Criss Jami Click to tweet

Yes, be different, but not for the vanities of being different. Criss Jami

He felt that if he could not be alone, and if he could not be left alone, he would die. D.H. Lawrence

It was my temper to avoid a crowd, and to attach myself fervently to a few. Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)

You are free if you can withdraw from people, not having to seek them out for the sake of money, company, love, glory or curiosity, none of which can thrive in silence and solitude. Fernando Pessoa

Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness. Poppy Z.Brite

For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose. Marcus Aurelius

The less I say the better I feel. Charles Bukowski

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self sufficient. Michel de Montaigne

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Quotes About Loneliness, Being Alone, Creativity, Ideas, Work

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A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. Rumi Click to tweet

Thinking can be a very lonely business. Shane Parrish

Formal education will give you a career. Self-education will give you freedom. Shane Parrish

Nobody can tell you if what you’re doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is. Hugh MacLeod

The more alone you are, the less contaminated you will be by society, the more original and powerful your work will be. Maxime Lagacé

Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than “smart” or “educated”. Naval Ravikant

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Rollo May

Deep understanding requires deep thinking which requires focused time alone, away from the chatter of people online and offline. It requires staying with a single thought for a long time, focusing on it and developing it. In solitude is the genesis of great ideas. The Ancient Sage

Most original and fruitful ideas come to us when thinking for ourselves, without any outside incentive or pressure to show off our intellectual brilliance. The Ancient Sage

No great creative work can ever be done without the help of solitude. There is a reason why the greatest creators of all time, and the profoundest of thinkers have all been introverts. The Ancient Sage

You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else’s voice but your own. Hugh MacLeod

When we let our focus shift away from the people and things around us, we are better able to engage in what’s called meta-cognition, or the process of thinking critically and reflectively about our own thoughts. Leon Neyfakh

Keep working on yourself. The difference between those who wasted time and those who used it well becomes more and more obvious as the years go by. Work in silence and in a few years you’ll be so far ahead that they’ll think you cheated. “What was your name?” Life Math Money

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. Jessamyn West

One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages. Criss Jami

If it’s true what is said, that only the wise discover the wise, then it must also be true that the lone wolf symbolizes either the biggest fool on the planet or the biggest Einstein on the planet. Criss Jami

What is a genius? A person who demands little to nothing from others, but is often found extremely difficult to have around. Criss Jami

Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone — that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born. Nikola Tesla

More creativity quotes, hard work quotes

Quotes About Loneliness, Being Alone, Love, Heartbreaks

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It’s strange. I felt less lonely when I didn’t know you. Jean-Paul Sartre Click to tweet

She was stronger alone. Jane Austen

Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone. C.S. Lewis

You can love other people, even if they don’t love you back, it’s okay. Real love is a one way thing. Naval Ravikant

The day I cracked is the day you left and I felt a part of me gone forever. Maxime Lagacé

What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you. Richard Wilbur

You will have a life of loneliness if the desire to be loved and to belong is more important than your self-respect. Dodinsky

It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far. Marilyn Monroe

Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other. Han Suyin

Loneliness is designed to help you discover who you are and stop looking outside yourself for your worth. Mandy Hale

Being brave enough to be alone frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them and not because you need them. Mandy Hale

The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all. Deb Caletti

Nothing external will complete you. Not your partner. Not your job. Not your achievements. Not your family. Not your friends. Because there is no completion. How do you complete an infinite race? Crypto Seneca

If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them. Michael Bassey Johnson (See also: respect quotes)

When you discover that you can be your greatest fan, you abandon the habit of begging for approval from others. Rafael Vidac

Single is not a status. It is a word that best describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others. Unknown

To love someone else, I must first love myself. Unknown

If you can’t see what you’re worthy, you are more likely to be with someone else who can’t see it. Unknown

It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine. Byron Katie Click to tweet

I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself. Warsan Shire

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. Shannon L. Alder

The feelings we live through in love and in loneliness are simply, for us, what high tide and low tide are to the sea. Kahlil Gibran

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Kahlil Gibran

Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other. Rainer Maria Rilke

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde

See also: ego quotes, failure quotes

Quotes About Loneliness, Relationships, Connections

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Eventually people stop reaching out. Slowly at first. Then all at once. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

Strive to be emotionally self-sufficient so you can draw closer to other people. Gretchen Rubin

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. Thomas Merton

Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness. Criss Jami

It’s pretty simple: the less face to face I have with a person, the more I feel disconnected. Maxime Lagacé

I’m now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself. Emily Brontë

Enduring loneliness is almost invariably better than suffering the compromises of false community. Alain de Botton

There are many friends that I lost touch with because I outgrew them. I grew, my tastes, desires, and interests changed. They stayed the same. Eventually, I had nothing in common with them anymore. The fast path is a long, hard, and lonely one. But every step is worth it. Life Math Money

One lesson from the success of podcasts and YouTube: there is an enormous market for digital companionship. We are profoundly social creatures. Modern life can be lonely. We miss the chatter of the ancestral campfire. We import voices to fill the silence and feel less isolated. The Stoic Emperor

Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. George Bernard Shaw

You can’t depend on anyone else to be happy; no relationship will give you the inner peace that you haven’t created. Unknown Click to tweet

To find peace, you have to be willing to lose the connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life. Unknown

If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. Jodi Picoult

This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century – solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others. Elie Wiesel

Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? Haruki Murakami

Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly. David Foster Wallace

The best of community does give one a deep sense of belonging and well-being; and in that sense community takes away loneliness. Henri Nouwen

Losing friends that are easily lost is no loss at all. The Stoic Emperor

See also: friendship quotes, trust quotes

See also: Is Social Media Making You Lonely?

Quotes About Loneliness And Social Media

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Pay attention to humans, not to your phone. Abhijit Naskar Click to tweet

As we distribute ourselves, we may abandon ourselves. Sherry Turkle

Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies. Sherry Turkle

It’s a highly deceptive world, one that constantly asks you to comment but doesn’t really care what you have to say. David Levithan

Why should I use social media if my human nature is all about envy, jealousy, comparisons and competition? Maxime Lagacé

There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. Jean M. Twenge (See also: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?)

If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being inspired or not networking, then you are using it wrong. Germany Kent

What is it that is so interesting about what’s happening everywhere else but where you are? Eric Overby

Unmoderated content consumption is as dangerous as the consumption of sewage water. Abhijit Naskar

Our social tools are not an improvement to modern society, they are a challenge to it. Clay Shirky

Social media is to socializing what masturbating is to sex. Oliver Markus Malloy

Just as junk food makes you feel both bloated and empty afterward, social snacking only leaves you with much time wasted and more loneliness than before. David Ludden

It is ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that reducing social media, which promised to help us connect with others, actually helps people feel less lonely and depressed. Melissa G. Hunt

Part 1. Technology is seductive when what it offers meets our human vulnerabilities. And as it turns out, we are very vulnerable indeed. Sherry Turkle

Part 2. We are lonely but fearful of intimacy. Digital connections and the sociable robot may offer the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. Sherry Turkle

Part 3. Our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we are tethered to each other. We’d rather text than talk. Sherry Turkle

We fill our days with ongoing connection, denying ourselves time to think and dream. Sherry Turkle Click to tweet

Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone. Dan Brown

We live in nuclear family units, often living large distances away from our extended family and friends, and our growing reliance on social technology rather than face to face interaction is thought to be making us feel more isolated. Rebecca Harris

There was nothing lonelier than a man with a million friends. William Shatner

See also: The loneliness epidemic: We’re more connected than ever – but are we feeling more alone?

Quotes About Feeling Lonely/Down/Lost, Sadness, Boredom

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It’s okay to be alone, to be sad, to rest and repair. Really. Susan Cain Click to tweet (See also: The Power Of Introverts (YouTube video))

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. Henry David Thoreau

You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them. Mahatma Gandhi

Loneliness is emptiness begging to be filled. Christy Ann Martine

Sadness is fine. Feeling lonely is fine. Boredom is fine, too. Don’t try to escape them. Once they are fully lived, move on to the next thing. Maxime Lagacé

You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one. Bob Parsons

I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic. Augusten Burroughs

Frustration stems from focusing on what we don’t have. The antidote is appreciating what’s already here. Leo Babauta

There is also kind of just the abject loneliness that all of us can feel that comes from being disconnected from our roots, and our roots are very tribal. Naval Ravikant

Life is very interesting. Boredom is a failure of imagination. The Stoic Emperor

Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself. Søren Kierkegaard

When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. Eric Hoffer Click to tweet

Boredom comes from a boring mind. Metallica

The worst you can do when you feel lonely is to hope and wait. When you lose sight of the shore, hoping and waiting will get you nowhere, moving forward will. Maxime Lagacé

My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues. Kahlil Gibran

Sometimes the worst place to be is in your head. Unknown

Youth always tries to fill the void, an old man learns to live with it. Mark Z. Danielewski

It’s solitary drinking that makes drunkards. Nathanael West

My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication – it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness – it is all that I have – and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well. Franz Kafka

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony. Douglas Coupland

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely. Charles M. Schulz (Charlie Brown)

Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want. Janet Fitch

The hardest walk is walking alone, but it’s also the walk that makes you the strongest. Unknown

I got lost but look what I found. Irving Berlin

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? Friedrich Nietzsche

When all else is lost, the future still remains. Christian Nestell Bovee

See also: change and growth quotes, stoic quotes

See also: 10 More Ideas to Help With Loneliness, How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation

Part 4. Conclusion

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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 Click to tweet

What is your favorite loneliness and being alone quote? Would you like to add another one here? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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