170 Loneliness Quotes That Will Make You Feel Calm

Please enjoy this list of 170 loneliness quotes. 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.

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

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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

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

Related quote topics: silence, pain, solitude

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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 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)

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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


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

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

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

Part 2. Alone Quotes That Are…

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

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

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

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

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 became 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. @TheStoicEmperor

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

Chance never helps those who do not help themselves. Sophocles

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

Inspirational 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

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 (See also: 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

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. @TheAncientSage

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

Related quotes and topics: positive, healing

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

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

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

Deep 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. @TheAncientSage

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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

Related quote topics: deep, simplicity

See also: Why We’re Fated to be Lonely (YouTube video with School Of Life)

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

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

Loneliness is cured by contact with yourself. Sven Schnieders

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

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

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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

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

Your thought is easily influenced by the presence of another soul; a person can be completely free only when he is alone. Leo Tolstoy (A Calendar of Wisdom, Amazon book)

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

More words of wisdom

See also: 3 Lessons About Loneliness That Gave Me Profound Peace (huffpost.com)

Part 3. 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

Call to action: Watch Loneliness – Kurzgesagt (YouTube video) or The Loneliness Epidemic (YouTube video with Matt D’Avella)

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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