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  If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  
 -  African Proverb
  

  Better be alone than have a false friend for company.  
 -  English proverb
  

  In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  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
  

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

  Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.  
 -  Audrey Hepburn
  

  Every kind of creative work demands solitude, and being alone, constructively alone, is a prerequisite for every phase of the creative process.  
 -  Barbara Powell
  

  We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.  
 -  Charlotte Bronte
  

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

  To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.  
 -  Deepak Chopra
  

  Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.  
 -  Edward Gibbon
  

  Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.  
 -  Franz Kafka
  

  One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.  
 -  Gary Mark Gilmore
  

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

  It is better to be alone than in bad company.  
 -  George Washington
  

  I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said 'I want to be let alone!' There is all the difference.  
 -  Greta Garbo
  

  We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together... I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.  
 -  Helen Hayes
  

  I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.  
 -  Hermann Hesse
  

  One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.  
 -  Gary Mark Gilmore
  

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

  It is better to be alone than in bad company.  
 -  George Washington
  

  I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said 'I want to be let alone!' There is all the difference.  
 -  Greta Garbo
  

  We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together... I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.  
 -  Helen Hayes
  

  I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.  
 -  Hermann Hesse
  

  When I'm by myself, I can be myself, which is what I want to be. Not just a part of someone else.  
 -  Jean Culligan
  

  If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.  
 -  Jean-Paul Sartre
  

  Let me tell you this: 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
  

  The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

  Solitude sometimes is best society.  
 -  John Milton
  

  Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.  
 -  Josh Billings
  

  Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it's a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.  
 -  Kazuo Ishiguro
  

  If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.  
 -  Lord Byron
  

  Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.  
 -  Marcel Proust
  

  Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.  
 -  Marcus Aurelius
  

  I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public - talent in privacy.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?  
 -  Morris Adler
  

  What would a man do, if he were compelled to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never bathe himself in cool solitude?  
 -  Nathaniel Hawthorne
  

  Without great solitude no serious work is possible.  
 -  Pablo Picasso
  

  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
  

  I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: That each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.  
 -  Rainer Maria Rilke
  

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

  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 man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The trouble with solitude is that there is no one to share it with.  
 -  Robert Byrne
  

  I love solitude but I prize it most when company is available.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.  
 -  Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
  

  The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  True happiness is impossible without solitude.... I need solitude in my life as I need food and drink and the laughter of little children. Extravagant though it may sound, solitude is the filter of my soul. It nourishes me, and rejuvenates me. Left alone, I discovered that I keep myself good company.  
 -  Sophia Loren
  

  We set up our schools and we set up our work places for maximum group interaction all the time, thinking that this will enable us to be creative and this is a real misconception, because solitude is such a crucial ingredient to creativity and we're losing sight of solitude.  
 -  Susan Cain
  

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

  Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.  
 -  Thomas Merton
  

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

  Religion, therefore, as I now ask you arbitrarily to take it, shall mean for us the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.  
 -  William James
  

  True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.  
 -  William Penn
  

  Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they'll notice. If they don't, you know where you stand!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Solitude is the place of purification.  
 -  Martin Buber
  

  Everybody at least once needs somewhere they can be alone, a space where they could hold tight to the serenity and privacy of their own.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When everyone leaves you its loneliness you feel, when you leave everyone else its solitude.  
 -  Alfred Polgar