Loneliness Quotes

Loneliness Quotes by John Berendt, Mother Teresa, Sergio De La Pava, Rob Sheffield, Mary Balogh, Ayn Rand and many others.

Loneliness is not being alone, It's loving others to no

Loneliness is not being alone, It’s loving others to no avail.
John Berendt
Of all the diseases I have known, loneliness is the worst.
Mother Teresa
Basal GangliaВ casts an unsettling spell, but one that in its aphoristic intensity and lightning-flash insights into human loneliness and connection, achieves a genuine empathic wisdom.
Sergio De La Pava
In their heyday, the Pet Shop Boys were the Interpol of the Eighties, dressing up to sing really weird pop songs about lust and loneliness in the big city. They’re low-pro now, not retro-worshipped in the manner of Depeche Mode, New Order, or The Cure, but you can hear the reason why – these guys are too sad.
Rob Sheffield
The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself.
Mary Balogh
She did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the world I expected.
Ayn Rand
We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, and intellectually. We need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.
C. S. Lewis
Perhaps a great love is never returned. Had it been given warmth and shelter by its counterpart in the Other, perhaps it would have been hindered from ever growing to maturity. It “gives” us nothing. But in its world of loneliness it leads us up to the summits with wide vistas – of great insights.
Dag Hammarskjold
Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin.
Ian Fleming
I have always photographed loneliness because that is my life.
Bob Richardson
Solitude is the human condition in which I keep myself company. Loneliness comes about when I am alone without being able to split up into the two-in-one, without being able to keep myself company.
Hannah Arendt
Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone.
Bruce Lee
I did not love you out or boredom or loneliness or caprice. I loved you because the desire for you was stronger than any happiness.
Alessandro Baricco
Dim loneliness came imperceivably into the fields and he turned back. The birds piped oddly; some wind was caressing the higher foliage, turning it all one way, the way home. Telegraph poles ahead looked like half-used pencils; the small cross on the steeple glittered with a sharp and shapely permanence.
A. E. Coppard
The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
Thomas Wolfe
The secret to overcoming a feeling of loneliness is not going outside
to meet people. That will only keep you from being alone. The secret
is going inside yourself, to realize your true kinship with God and
with all the human beings that he created.
Amy Grant
One’s need for loneliness is not satisfied if one sits at a table alone. There must be empty chairs as well.
Karl Kraus
The Seasons Difference is a suave and urbane comedy about several immense abstractions – faith, innocence, loneliness, and love.
Orville Prescott
We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
Albert Schweitzer
When so much is left to the listener’s imagination, it is bound to be more scary. But our stories are not just to frighten; they are engaged with the things that are really scary like loneliness and madness.
Larry Fessenden
My first two novels featured narrators who were aggressively unattached: They couldn’t form any sort of genuine relationship. So I had thoroughly explored the geography of loneliness and isolation.
Gillian Flynn
Not only is there no question of solitude, but in the long run we may not choose our company.
Elizabeth Bowen
Well, Frank, my thoughts are very similar. The vast loneliness up here at the moon is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realize what you have back there on earth. The earth from here is a grand oasis in the big vastness of space.
Jim Lovell
People talk about games and loneliness – it’s a lonely activity. I didn’t understand that. ‘Gears of War’ was the first multiplayer game for me that I enjoyed. But I wasn’t sad. I liked being alone. I liked playing games by myself. I had lots of companionship at the house.
Tim Schafer
Loneliness is the theme, and I play it like a symphony, in endless variations.
Jonathan Tropper
Use loneliness. Its ache creates urgency to reconnect with the world. Take that aching and use it to propel you deeper into your need for expression – to speak, to say who you are.
Natalie Goldberg
We may be living at that moment, on the cusp, when we go from being a species that feels a kind of loneliness in the cosmos to actually one sometime in the not too distant future being able to confirm the existence of other intelligent life.
Ann Druyan
Loneliness is necessary for pure poetry.
Jack Spicer
The song is languid and speaks of love and loneliness and loss. Why does love seem to go with the sad things?
Lisa Ann Sandell
Oh, this absolute loneliness and the game – loving to play the game, loving to go and tell stories to men that certainly weren’t true, just for the sport of it, just to see how they would react.
Jennifer Beals
Aside from doing everything possible to provide programs for people who are seriously ill, I want to do everything humanly possible to help create a more caring society so that we can begin to counter the painful loneliness and sense of helplessness which has engulfed too many of our people.
Rosalynn Carter
Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.
Douglas Coupland
It is necessary to like loneliness to be photographer
Raymond Depardon
Myself, I suffer from loneliness. And I think we all feel alone. I’m looking for stories that help people deal with loneliness and help them if they are monsters: they don’t have to undertake monstrous actions. And maybe they’re not monsters.
David Harbour
Accept your loneliness. It is one stage, and only one stage, on a journey that brings you to God. It will not always last. Offer up your loneliness to God, as the little boy offered to Jesus his five loaves and two fishes. God can transform it for the good of others. Above all, do something for somebody else!
Elisabeth Elliot
After all who doesn’t wish to make a spectacle of their loneliness
Nicole Krauss
Loneliness is equal to the radius of one’s awareness.
Yoko Ono
I am alone and my spiritual journey is my experience.’ This is the real experience of freedom and independence. Then we begin to see that being alone is a very beautiful thing. Nobody is obstructing our vision. We have complete panoramic vision.
Chogyam Trungpa
One can experience loneliness in two ways: by feeling lonely in the world or by feeling the loneliness of the world.
Emile M. Cioran
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
I felt the kind of loneliness that can happen in a roomful of people when everyone but you seems to be in on the good time.
Lisa Kleypas
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Maya Angelou
I have found ways to kill this ever-present feeling of loneliness. I try a new dish and experiment with food, I’ll clean my cupboard, do the little things in the house, and I keep myself busy. I find things to do.
Neena Gupta
If loneliness is the disease, the story is the cure.
Richard Ford
A lot of people have said that the main thread in my work is loneliness or just wanting to create a world with someone who doesn’t really have much in their life, so maybe I’m looking for someone who’s lonely and wants to try to create something with me as a subject for my videos.
Laurel Nakadate
I think there is a weird loneliness that comes with being a comedian. There is something definitely inside the personality of a person who wants to be a comedian, and (he or she) is looking to connect (to the audience) at all times.
Chris Gethard
Don’t think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.
George Bernard Shaw
Remember that although the distinction can be difficult to draw, loneliness and solitude are different.
Gretchen Rubin
There are several factors in modern society that contribute to loneliness. One is that we are more mobile than we have been in decades past, which is fantastic in many respects, but also leads to us to move away from communities that we grew up with and got to know over time.
Vivek Murthy
A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man – the one he used to be.
Cesare Pavese
It’s a terrible thing to be alone – yes it is – it is – but don’t lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath – as terrible as you like – but a mask.
Katherine Mansfield
A writer is essentially a man who does not resign himself to loneliness.
Francois Mauriac
I am not one of those women who can stand things.
William Faulkner
Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism.
Rainer Maria Rilke
On certain continents poverty is more spiritual than material, a poverty that consists of loneliness, discouragement, and the lack of meaning in life.
Mother Teresa
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
Alone you’re refinding a glittering, a clarity, you’re finding your distilled self. …You think of the two types of aloneness you’ve known recently: this wonderful, sparkly, soul-refreshing type, and the despairing loneliness that sucks the breath from your life.
Nikki Gemmell
I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness.
Wilbur Smith
love all the people you can. The sufferings from love are not to be compared to the sorrows of loneliness.
Susan Hale
What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.
Richard Wilbur
I wait.В  Now the night flows back, the mighty stillness embraces and includes me; I can see the stars again and the world of starlight.В  I am twenty miles or more from the nearest fellow human, but instead of loneliness I feel loveliness.В  Loveliness and a quiet exultation.
Edward Abbey
Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the loneliness you might feel if you stopped telling them.
Brock Clarke
We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.
Paullina Simons
“I fly from pleasure,” said the prince, “because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others.”
Samuel Johnson
There were times when I had great times with my brothers, pillow fights and things, but I used to always cry from loneliness.
Michael Jackson
My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.
William Sharp
One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
Vincent Van Gogh
What did falling in love do for you? Can you ever really explain it? It filled empty spaces I never knew were empty. It cured a loneliness I never knew I had. It gave me joy. And freedom. I think that was the most amazing part. I suddenly felt both embraced and freed at the same time.
Louise Penny
The poem is lonely. It is lonely and en route. Its author stays with it. Does this very fact not place the poem already here, at its inception, in the encounter, in the mystery of encounter?
Paul Celan
We poets would die of loneliness but for women, and we choose our men friends that we may have somebody to talk about women with. Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936
William Butler Yeats
Loneliness is a hell of a drug.
Jeremy Robert Johnson
She felt as if she bled her regret and loneliness from her very pores, and yet she could not shape those feelings into any sentiment she could imagine her parents could bear reading.
Cassandra Clare
There’s nothing wrong with being fired.
Ted Turner
The lack of human voices really gets to me. I never realized that we need to talk with other people just to know that we exist. That we matter. Loneliness is a howling, empty cavern inside of me that just keeps growing.
Cheryl Rainfield
You can do beautiful things with your friends; you can do beautiful things when you are all alone! In togetherness, listen to the music of the crowds; in solitude, listen to the music of the silence! Be neither afraid of the crowds, nor of the loneliness, because both are blessings!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
So it is that Lonely Places attract as many lonely people as they produce, and the loneliness we see in them is partly in ourselves.
Pico Iyer
Novelty is a new kind of loneliness.
Wendell Berry
for many people, loneliness was an experience of time. ‘Not knowing what to do with yourself’ was the way it was usually put.
Louise Bernikow
Join with those who sing, tell stories, talk pleasure in life, and have joy in their eyes, because joy is contagious, and can prevent others from becoming paralysed by depression, loneliness and difficulties.
Paulo Coelho
Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.
Gregory David Roberts
Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.
Robert M. Pirsig
Being a good host offsets the deprivation and loneliness of my youth
Alan Ladd
I have served many long and lonely years aboard ship in war zones, and the only thing that kept me sane during all that enforced loneliness was my access to a good library in which I read, literally, every book on the shelves, even textbooks, and which gave me access to other worlds no way open to me.
Don Pendleton
Easter tells us of something children can’t understand, because it addresses things they don’t yet have to know: the weariness of life, the pain, the profound loneliness and hovering fear of meaninglessness.
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Like all strong people, she suffered always a measure of loneliness; she was a marginal outsider, a secret infidel of a certain sort.
Anne Rice
Remember we’re all in this alone.
Lily Tomlin
If Christians cannot communicate as thinking beings, they are reduced to encountering one another only at the shallow level of gossip and small talk. Hence the perhaps peculiarly modern problem – the loneliness of the thinking Christian.
Harry Blamires
Twilight whippoorwill… Whistle on, sweet deepener Of dark loneliness
Matsuo Basho
There is in the world only the choice between loneliness and vulgarity. All young people should be taught now to put up with loneliness … because the less man is compelled to come into contact with others, the better off he is.
Arthur Schopenhauer
I took the test for AIDS. I began to hate people who were not sick. Those people are monsters, I would think, believing that they are well because of moral superiority, because they are good. I identified with the loneliness of the sick. I felt that there was something pure about them.
Isabelle Adjani
… as lonesome as a kitten in a wash-house copper with the lid on.
Charles Dickens
My journey to working on loneliness was certainly not an expected one or planned one.
Vivek Murthy
Lights come and go in the night sky. Men, troubled at last by the things they build, may toss in their sleep and dream bad dreams, or lie awake while the meteors whisper greenly overhead. But nowhere in all space or on a thousand worlds will there be men to share our loneliness.
Loren Eiseley
The twentieth-century artist who uses symbols is alienated because the system of symbols is a private one. After you have dealt with the symbols you are still private, you are still lonely, because you are not sure anyone will understand it except yourself. The ransom of privacy is that you are alone.
Louise Bourgeois
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
A book is not an end in itself; it is only a way to touch someone – a bridge extended across a space of loneliness and obscurity – and sometimes it is a way of winning other people to our causes.
Isabel Allende
Believe me, I know what it’s like to feel all alone…the worst kind of loneliness in the world is isolation that comes from being misunderstood, it can make people lose their grasp on reality. – Sienna Brooks
Dan Brown
The abhorrence of loneliness is as natural as wanting to live at all.
Beryl Markham
A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out.
Douglas Coupland
It would be impossible to estimate how much time and energy we invest in trying to fix, change and deny our emotions – especially the ones that shake us at our very core, like hurt, jealousy, loneliness, shame, rage and grief.
Debbie Ford
Marriage. Don’t be pressured into it. Is the fear of loneliness really greater than the fear of bondage?
Sumiko Tan
There is none more lonely than the man who loves only himself.
Abraham ibn Ezra
Maybe the biggest problem with loneliness is that we walk around thinking we’re the only ones suffering from it.
Jeanne Marie Laskas
Being a good host offsets the deprivation and loneliness of my youth.
Alan Ladd
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
Lawrence Durrell
Loneliness is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.
Paulo Coelho
to comfort any mortal against loneliness, one other is enough.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
But I also think all of the great stories in literature deal with loneliness. Sometimes it’s by way of heartbreak, sometimes it’s by way of injustice, sometimes it’s by way of fate. There’s an infinite number of ways to examine it.
Tom Hanks
In the short term if I feel loneliness, it’s like any other biological signals. It’s like hunger or thirst. It’s alerting me that something that’s critical for my survival is missing.
Vivek Murthy
I don’t believe in cutting out people from the past. It doesn’t give strength; it just gives loneliness.
Carla Bruni
Almost without exception alcoholics are tortured by loneliness.
Bill W.
Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.
Sam Harris
We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart – the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong.
Carson McCullers
I’ve definitely had the long stretches of time in my personal life where I’ve felt an intense loneliness and a desperation to feel something real and to have something that truly meant something in my life.
Brett Gelman
Loneliness is something we [all people] go through. We go through mourning and longing. We make some bad choices sometimes because we’re desperate for something, and that’s okay. That’s part of life.
Jennifer Lee
But where pain was, healing could come; where loneliness was, new relationships could be formed; where rejection was, new love could be found. It was a moment. And moments changed. She would have to live through the moment to get to the next.
Cecelia Ahern
I inhale loneliness like it is the sweet smell of virgin earth conquered by fiery rain drops. Within me, I’m a thousand others.
Faraaz Kazi
All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.
Tahereh Mafi
You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society.
Henry David Thoreau
Shouldering your loneliness like a gun that you will not learn to aim, you stumble into this movie house then you climb, you climb into the frame.
Leonard Cohen
Loneliness is holding the one you love When you know you might never hold him again. Even lost in the darkness My heart will find you The soul die at the hand of the one who carries it. If I could find a place to run away Hidden safely, I would be there today. The darkest daylight finds me.
Kami Garcia
The purpose of writing is both to keep up with life and to run ahead of it. I am little comfort to myself, although I am the only comfort I have, excepting perhaps streets, clouds, the sun, the faces and voices of kids and the aged, and similar accidents of beauty, innocence, truth and loneliness.
William Saroyan
The price for living the life I have — for any serious, devoted person, is that at times one must live alone, or feel alone. I think loneliness is associated in many people’s minds when they think about success.
Helen Frankenthaler
Loneliness cannot be alleviated just by the coming together of two bodies, unless there is also good communication, understanding, and loving kindness.
Nhat Hanh
What defines loneliness is our internal comfort level.
Vivek Murthy
People should be conscious of the large contribution made by anything that gets people together easily in the reduction of loneliness and emotional well-being.
Daniel Kahneman
Travel, in the superficial sense at least, is a good cure for loneliness. When you travel, especially in the third world, you quickly find that you get more friends than you know what to do with.
Pico Iyer
The General Public is a statistical fiction created by a few exceptional men to make the loneliness of being exceptional a little easier to bear.
Samuel R. Delany
My despair is less despair than boredom and loneliness.
Anthony Swofford
I am lonesome so regular it’s like a job I gotta report to every day.
Alice Childress
Jesus Christ lives, knows us, watches over us, and cares for us. In moments of pain, loneliness, or confusion, we do not need to see Jesus Christ to know that He is aware of our circumstances and that His mission is to bless.
Henry B. Eyring
I’m learning to deal with my loneliness because then nobody can muck me around any more.
Amanda Eliasch
I drink out of desperation. Life is too dreary to endure. The misery, loneliness, crampedness – they’re heartbreaking.[…] What feelings do you suppose a man has when he realizes that he will never know happiness or glory as long as he lives? Hard work. All that amounts to is food for the wild beasts of hunger.
Osamu Dazai
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more.
Britney Spears
The movies were so healing for me because I had such an isolated, lonely childhood. Going to the movies and having the lights go down, you disappear. If you have esteem issues, suddenly you’re in a void where nobody can see you. You are just by yourself in that darkness, and your loneliness is cured.
Michael De Luca
When Christ said: “I was hungry and you fed me,” he didn’t mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness.
Mother Teresa
Celebrities can suffer a horrible loneliness even though they have millions of fans. I started doing meditations because I realized that a spiritual path was necessary.
Our present stress on growth and productivity is, I believe, intimately related to the decline in rootedness. Faced with loneliness and vulnerability that come with deprivation of a securely encompassing community, we have sought to quell the vulnerability through our possessions.
Paul L Wachtel
Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
Pauline Phillips
Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.
Paulo Coelho
We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.”
John Steinbeck
Fame doesn’t end loneliness.
Claire Danes
Travel is in sad case. It is uncomfortable, it is expensive; it is a source of annoyance to our friends, and of loneliness to ourselves.
Vita Sackville-West
in darkness and in hedges
I sang my sour tone
and all my love was howling
conspicuously alone.
W. D. Snodgrass
Loneliness is a very special place, Silently silently you touch my face
Dennis Wilson
Anfering sex for money is not a profession that glorifies women; it is a profession born of desperation, poverty, alieatioin, and loneliness.
Ann Rule
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Max Ehrmann
But, visiting Sea, your love doth press / And reach in further than you know, / And fills all these; and, when you go, / There’s loneliness in loneliness.
Alice Meynell
she was consumed by 3 simple things: drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more: youth and beauty
Charles Bukowski
I talk to people now, and they thought I was so confident. I was doing all this awesome stuff onstage, and they didn’t realize I was going through so much loneliness and hurt backstage. It was like high school.
Melina Perez
Ursula craved solitude but she hated loneliness, a conundrum that she couldn’t even begin to solve.
Kate Atkinson
The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.
Jim Lovell
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
Henry Rollins
I had to fight hard against loneliness, abuse, and the knowledge that any mistakes I made would be magnified because I was the only black man out there… I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.
Jackie Robinson
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
Henrik Ibsen
Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.
Criss Jami
Since I love you, my loneliness begins to throw you.
Jean Giraudoux
Oh, whoever has been himself alone can never find another’s loneliness strange.
Robert Walser
The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness, and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.
Pope Francis
There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast, open sky and loneliness and cold.
Ajay Naidu
If youve ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you.
Tim Burton
Labor in loneliness is irksome.
Mark Twain
No matter how lonely it makes me, and no matter how wide and horrific the loneliness, at least I remember who I am.
Lauren DeStefano
No human pursuit achieves dignity unless it can be called work, and when you can experience a physical loneliness for the tools of your trade, you see that the other things – the experiments, the irrelevant vocations, the vanities you used to hold – were false to you.
Beryl Markham
Where the despair of loneliness and poverty haunts every hour, the optimism to embark on new projects cannot find a place to alight on the brains cortex. Poverty itself is an enormous obstacle to an enlightened and enlightening – not to say healthy – old age.
Sherwin B. Nuland
Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found.
Claire Danes
Nonetheless, Scranton had travelled in space. He had known the loneliness of separation from all other human beings, he had gazed at the empty perspectives that I myself had seen.
J. G. Ballard
I write because I want to end my loneliness. Books make people less alone. That, before and after everything else, is what books do. They show us that conversations are possible across distances.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.
Dan Brown
My mind was so geared towards being a performing artist, singing all these classical pieces, but the sense of loneliness I got when I moved from New York to El Paso meant that writing turned into singing. I’d sing all these songs, and they’d make me feel better. Songs that crafted the way my life was going to go.
we use TV as we use tranquilizers- to even things out, to blot out unpleasantness, to dilute confusion, distress, unhappiness, loneliness.
Bill McKibben
Sorrow is not in death but in loneliness, and conflict comes when you seek consolation, forgetfullness, explanations, and illusions.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
‘Intimate Apparel’ is a lyrical meditation on one woman’s loneliness and desire. ‘Fabulation’ is a very fast-paced play of the MTV generation.
Lynn Nottage
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
The point of books is to combat loneliness.
David Foster Wallace
When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.
Leonard Cohen
The disturbing truth we have to recognize is that Bourdain is not alone in his loneliness and depression.
Ben Domenech
In a world without future, each parting of friends is a death. In a world without future, each loneliness is final. In a world without future, each laugh is the last laugh. In a world without future, beyond the present lies nothingness, and people cling to the present as if hanging from a cliff.
Alan Lightman
As much as we complain about it, though, there’s part of us that is drawn to a hurried life. It makes us feel important. It keeps the adrenaline pumping. It means I don’t have to look too closely at my heart or life. It keeps us from feeling our loneliness.
John Ortberg
Loneliness is a kind of prison. [Vincent Van Gogh]
Irving Stone
Bare heights of loneliness…a wilderness whose burning winds sweep over glowing sands, what are they to HIM? Even there He can refresh us, even there He can renew us.
Amy Carmichael
Total intimacy is a myth; that said, a particular kind of loneliness can be both beautiful and fruitful.
Lauren Groff
Loneliness is a huge issue for both individuals and for society. It’s taken a long time for the issue to be treated seriously and for us to begin to understand the impact it can have.
Gail Honeyman
Modern loneliness is an extraverted loneliness, in which the person is surrounded by many people and partakes of much communication but feels unrecognized and more alone and, although connected technically, isolated and even estranged emotionally.
Edward Hallowell
Directing is all tied up with childhood loneliness. It’s such an odd thing to end up doing.
Paul Greengrass
To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude.
Henri Nouwen
Valek’s thoughts returned to Yelena. An icy finger of loneliness touched the emptiness inside him. She was in Sitia, where she needed to be to learn about her magical powers, but she had taken his heart with her.
Maria V. Snyder
No one complains of being a prisoner of love who has ever been a prisoner of loneliness.
Robert Breault
Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.
Guillermo Maldonado
Like silence after noise, or cool, clear water on a hot, stuffy day, Emptiness cleans out the messy mind and charges up the batteries of spiritual energy. Many people are afraid of Emptiness, however, because it reminds them of Loneliness.
Benjamin Hoff
I’ve never minded solitude. For a writer, it’s a natural condition. But caring for a dementia sufferer leads to a peculiar kind of loneliness.
Laurie Graham
I understood that in this small space of time we had mutually surrendered our loneliness and replaced it with trust.
Patti Smith
I am never less alone than when alone.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I’m interested in telling a story about a gay man and what he’s going through as an artist and as a lonely, single gay man. I want to reveal what I know about loneliness.
Jordan Gavaris
There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage.
Alexander Theroux
Usually, we think that “good” loneliness is what we call “solitude,” the choice of some alone-time. But I want to press on with the negative dimension, to look at ways in which a fundamental sense of being separated from others shapes who we are and why.
Thomas L. Dumm
It was as if the power and loneliness of the vampires’ world had combined with the group oriented puppy-pile world of the shapeshifters and made something new.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.
Eugene O’Neill
People cannot win against their loneliness because loneliness is this world’s worst kind of pain.
Masashi Kishimoto
When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.
Audrey Hepburn
One form of loneliness is to have a memory and no one to share it with.
Phyllis Rose
The only place I’ve felt was really my home is my cabin up north. There’s something in the water there that connects me to that place. There’s also this sense of isolation and loneliness about it that I’ve never been able to shake.
Jessica Lange
I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding.
Betty Smith
And for this you must have quiet and solitude. But society does not allow you to have them. You must be with people, outwardly active at all costs. If you are alone you are considered antisocial or peculiar, or you are afraid of your own loneliness.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
I am not without an object in life, but I feel lonely and deserted.
Johanna van Gogh-Bonger
There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them.
Mother Teresa
It’d be preposterous for me to propose a universal cure to loneliness but I will say that people who do the things they find interesting, either creatively or vocationally, tend to become unlonely very quickly.
Douglas Coupland
Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Elizabeth Bowen
What makes loneliness an anguish
Is not that I have no one to share my burden,
But this:
I have only my own burden to bear.
Dag Hammarskjold
Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment.
Haruki Murakami
Loneliness, dejection, the contempt or pity of people around you–these are unpleasant feelings. But they are precisely the things that produce genuine Dark Ones.
Sergei Lukyanenko
Loneliness is lessened when you’re lonely by choice.
George Jones
I think Id like to be able to heal peoples pain, whether it is hunger, loneliness or whatever.
Brandi Chastain
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
Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt In solitude, where we are least alone.
Lord Byron
I began to paint again, even though I could barely hold the brush, but knowing exactly what I wanted to paint, I began three more large canvases… of large wheat fields under cloudy skies, and it did not take a great deal to express sadness and loneliness… I believe these paintings say what words cannot.
Vincent Van Gogh
I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others–young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I kind of crave loneliness.
Sam Heughan
I was in L.A. in ’08. It was a cold Saturday night. I had spread my phone number out to a score of women and was just indulging this sweet, sad, elegiac, bale loneliness – don’t tell me you haven’t been there.
James Ellroy
It is precisely when you are loved a lot that you might realize a second loneliness which is not to be solved but lived. This second loneliness is an existential loneliness that belongs to the basis of our being. It’s where we are unfulfilled because only God can fill us.
Henri Nouwen
We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.
Mother Teresa
Action is limited and relative. Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams.
Oscar Wilde
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
Benjamin Britten
I believe that dialogue is the key to breaking through our tendency to separate and isolate. Dialogue changes isolation and loneliness into connection and interdependence. This, I believe, is the essence of Buddhism.
Vinessa Shaw
I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen.
Carson McCullers
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.
Amy Lowell
Don’t be afraid of loneliness, because everything is a door; even loneliness is a door, it opens to somewhere!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Loneliness is devastating our mental and physical health and, at its worst, is killing us. Yet thankfully, unlike some conditions, we can easily cure it. We just need the will.
Owen Jones
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
Friedrich Nietzsche
For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve—like the soul’s version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable.
Laini Taylor
Green makes me think of silence, or maybe it’s loneliness. I get the feeling of a terribly distant star.
Kobo Abe
Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.
Elizabeth Bowen
Just the absence of loneliness. That’s love enough.
John Rechy
We can never leave loneliness behind completely – it is part of what forms us.
Thomas L. Dumm
She was like a lone angel floating above the surface of the earth, laughing with delight because she could fly but crying out of loneliness.
Markus Zusak
There is a strain of loneliness infecting many Christians, which only the presence of God can cure.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I’d be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life.
Whitney Houston
in love, gallantry is necessary. Even when the first wild desire is gone, especially then, there is an inherent need for good manners and consideration, for the putting forth of effort. Two courteous and civilized human beings out of the loneliness of their souls owe that to each other.
Ilka Chase
Those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling lest someone’s work prove greater than their own – they have no inkling of the loneliness that comes when you reach the top. The loneliness for an equal – for a mind to respect and an achievement to admire.
Ayn Rand
Loneliness is an aspect of the land.
N. Scott Momaday
Whom the heart of man shuts out, Sometimes the heart of God takes in, And fences them all round about With silence mid the worlds loud din.
James Russell Lowell
It made me have a much greater understanding of loss, of loneliness, and the level of intense tragedy that so many people have experienced in this world, I take a lot less for granted.
Adrien Brody
One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it.
Vincent Van Gogh
And so he did his endless work,’ I continued quietly, ‘without feeling, without pity, without rest, for to open his heart to these would be to open his heart to his loneliness and longing and that was beyond bearing.
Martine Leavitt
People living alone get used to loneliness.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
Pablo Picasso
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me.
T. S. Eliot
All that he had of her was his memory, where he held every moment, every single moment that she had been his. That was all he had, to keep out the loneliness.
Juliet Marillier
It’s paradoxical that where people are the most closely crowded, in the big coastal cities in the East and West, the loneliness is the greatest… The explanation, I suppose, is that the physical distance between people has nothing to do with loneliness. It’s psychic distance…
Robert M. Pirsig
People were buying milk, or filling their cars with petrol, or even posting letters. And what no one else knew was the appalling weight of the thing they were carrying inside. The superhuman effort it took sometimes to be normal, and a part of things that appeared both easy and everyday. The loneliness of that.
Rachel Joyce
One major challenge within happiness is loneliness. The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider.
Gretchen Rubin
Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, haste, isolation, & loneliness.
Dallas Willard
Loneliness is, like, when you wish someone else was there, and solitude is when you enjoy being alone. I don’t always wanna be alone, but I definitely like pockets of solitude to recharge and come back to myself. I think that’s so important for everyone.
Jonathan Van Ness
The surest sign of age is loneliness.
Annie Dillard
You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.
David Foster Wallace
The cliche of call-centre work is that it’s mainly older people who will stay on the line to talk to you. Whether through loneliness or good manners, they tend to allow you to finish your sentences, hear you out.
Sara Pascoe
I am never lonely when I am reading the Bible. Nothing dissolves loneliness like a session with God’s Word.
Billy Graham
The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. 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
I love my mother the most in the world. She has seen a lot of poverty and loneliness and is very simple. Whenever I am in trouble, I go far away from her, as she is not at all strong. If I see her breaking, I break.
Yo Yo Honey Singh
In community, where you have all the affection you could ever dream of, you feel that there is a place where even community cannot reach. That’s a very important experience. In that loneliness, which is like a dark night of the soul, you learn that God is greater than community.
Henri Nouwen
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
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release, From little things; Knows not the livid loneliness of fear Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings.
Amelia Earhart
Shall I let in the stranger,
Shall I welcome the sailor,
Or stay till the day I die?
Hands of the stranger and holds of the ships,
Hold you poison or grapes?
Dylan Thomas
My characters are quite as real to me as so-called real people; which is one reason why I’m not subject to what is known as loneliness. I have plenty of company.
William S. Burroughs
Man has no choice but to love. For when he does not, he finds his alternatives lie in loneliness, destruction and despair.
Leo Buscaglia
Loneliness is the teacher of giving.
Hyemeyohsts Storm
Somewhere beyond the curtain Of distorting days Lives that lonely thing That shone before these eyes Targeted, trod like Spring.
William Butler Yeats
Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Miguel de Unamuno
And if I’m alone in bed, I will go to the window, look up at the sky, and feel certain that loneliness is a lie, because the Universe is there to keep me company.
Paulo Coelho
From the boardroom to the bedroom, we’re connected 24/7, yet loneliness is at an all-time high. More people are reaching for mobile devices than for the hand of someone in need. Where did our humanity go?
Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey
I get an audience personally involved in a song – because I’m involved myself. It’s not something I do deliberately: I can’t help myself. If the song is a lament at the loss of love, I get an ache in my gut. I feel the loss myself and I cry out the loneliness, the hurt and the pain that I feel.
Frank Sinatra
Loneliness had taught Harriet that there was always someone who understood – it was just so often that they were dead, and in a book.
Eva Ibbotson
I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!
Charles Bukowski
…loneliness is not a function of solitude.
David Foster Wallace
Where the despair of loneliness and poverty haunts every hour, the optimism to embark on new projects cannot find a place to alight on the brain’s cortex. Poverty itself is an enormous obstacle to an enlightened and enlightening – not to say healthy – old age.
Sherwin B. Nuland
An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes.
Patricia L. Fry
Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.
Haruki Murakami
Happy children should not try to be artists. You have to be born with a broken heart and a sense of loneliness inside. I never had a happy moment as a child myself.
Stella Adler
.. then when the hurt goes, anger takes its place; when the anger runs out of system, loneliness steps in to take over. it’s a never ending circle of emotions; every lost emotion being replaced by another.
Cecelia Ahern
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
Edward Gibbon
Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television; solitude is herb tea and soft music. Solitude, quality solitude, is an assertion of self-worth, because only in the stillness can we hear the truth of our own unique voices.
Pearl Cleage
‘The Babadook,’ written and directed by a woman, is a gorgeously told female-focused story of grief, longing, loneliness, and what mourning can become.
Emily V. Gordon
Only children are weird. The only children I know, including myself, are either superweird or very talented and special or a mix of the two. I think there was always a certain independence and loneliness – I had a lot of imaginary friends as a kid.
Rachel Bloom
The soul hardly ever realizes it, but whether he is a believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.
Hubert Van Zeller
Online communities are an expression of loneliness.
Joanne Harris
Loneliness, she thought, was craving for other people’s company. But she did not know that loneliness can be an unnoticed cramping of the spirit for lack of companionship.
Doris Lessing
Any man who is really a man must learn to be alone in the midst of others, to think alone for others, and, if necessary, against others.
Romain Rolland
She stays in the same spot, anchored by the profound, desperate loneliness of a bad relationship.
David Levithan
Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not.
Anna Neagle
We cannot know what John of Leyden felt Under the Bishop ‘s tongs – we can only Walk in temperate London, our educated city, Wishing to cry as freely as they did who died In the Age of Faith. We have our loneliness And our regret with which to build an eschatology.
Peter Porter
What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.
Dag Hammarskjold
If you write fiction, you’re by yourself. There are certain advantages to that in that you don’t have to explain anything to anybody. But when you get in with others who share the loneliness of the whole enterprise, you’re not lonely anymore.
Denis Johnson
My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.
Warsan Shire
Look, it’s a monster. He’s walking alone. Look, he’s pulling something out of his pocket. He threw it on the ground. Let’s go see what it is. It’s a black box. You open it… ok… Look, it’s sorrow, misery and pain. It’s loneliness and longing. Boy, he’ll be sorry he lost these.
Henry Rollins
If loneliness is part of our essence, that is, our essential nature, that is only because of the way, in practical terms, we actually exist; that is, the way we move and work and live in the world.
Brendan Myers
Well, I know about loneliness. I won’t talk about it, but I was very lonely after the war. I know what it feels like to spend a whole weekend all by yourself and no one wants you at all.
Charles M. Schulz
We are born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Everything in-between is a gift.
Yul Brynner
The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
Mark Twain
Most of my life I have needed more time to be on my own.
P. D. James
Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Tillich
Writing is an antidote for loneliness.
Steven Berkoff
Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation. (pg.99, “The Body and the Earth”)
Wendell Berry
Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.
Deepak Chopra
Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
Abigail Van Buren
In every seed to breathe a flower, In every drop of dew To reverence a cloister star Within the distant blue; To wait the promise of the how, Despite the cloud between, Is Faith-the fervid evidence Of loneliness unseen.
John B. Tabb
I had created a happy world of make-believe around me during the long years of loneliness, a world of beauty and love. It had helped me to survive, this lovely world that was to be mine when the war was over.
Gerda Weissmann Klein
What wants to live in you may be waiting…at the end of a long loneliness.
Elizabeth Lesser
We the living, should not think of the dead as lonely because if they could speak to us, they would say: “Do not weep for me, earth was not my true country, I was an alien there: I am at Home where everyone comes.”
Helen Keller
There is a terrible loneliness in the spring.
Ellen Glasgow
You may not enjoy loneliness, because loneliness is sad. But solitude is something else; solitude is what you look forward to when you want to be alone, when you want to be with yourself. So, solitude is something we all need from time to time.
Ruskin Bond
Art and literature have given so many people the relief of feeling connected – pulled us out of isolation. It has let us know that somebody else breathed and dreamed and had sex and loved and raged and knew loneliness the way we do.
Adrienne Rich
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Walt Whitman
Aloneness can lead to loneliness. God’s preventative for loneliness is intimacy – meaningful, open, sharing relationships with one another. In Christ we have the capacity for the fulfiling sense of belonging which comes from intimate fellowship with God and with other believers.
Neil T Anderson
The devil-ache of loneliness seldom deserts the bones of the angry.
Lucy Freeman
Solitude is one thing and loneliness is another.
May Sarton
I dont fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach.
Mary Roach
And there are a lot of people like that, who feel loneliness and despair but cover it up.
Christina Pickles
Loneliness is a mirror, and recognizes itself.
Jodi Picoult
None of the prophets old,
So lofty or so bold!
No form of danger shakes his dauntless breast;
In loneliness sublime
He dares confront the time,
And speak the truth, and give the world no rest
No kingly threat can cowardize his breath,
He with majestic step goes forth to meet his death.
Abraham Coles
The one thing I’d learned was that having someone with you all the time did not take away the loneliness. You could be surrounded by people and be lonely. Something was missing. I could almost pinpoint it, but right when it was within my grasp I forgot; it just slipped away.
Abbi Glines
Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.
Brennan Manning
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside
Anne Frank
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
For a second, two seconds, they had exchanged an equivocal glance, and that was the end of the story. But even that was a memorable event, in the locked loneliness in which one had to live.
George Orwell
Given the proper suggestion, the Subconscious Mind will manifest success from failure, health from disease, prosperity from poverty, friendship and love from loneliness and isolation. For nothing is impossible to the Subconscious Mind and it operates entirely by suggestion.
Uell Stanley Andersen
The most general deficiency in our sort of culture and education is gradually dawning on me: no one learns, no one strives towards, no one teaches–enduring loneliness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Once in a while, people enter our lives and lessen the loneliness of being away from Home.
Yasmin Mogahed
Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.
Gretchen Rubin
Spells of acute loneliness are an essential part of travel. Loneliness makes things happen.
Jonathan Raban
Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.
Christopher Morley
Loneliness is an integral part of travelling. I used to think it was the downside to travelling, but now I realise it is a necessary educative part of it to be embraced.
David Mitchell
The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.
Tom Hanks
When the pace of our feet matched perfectly, I felt a deep inner pang of satisfaction. I could have gone on walking like that forever, side by side with him. There had been few times in my life I had ever inhabited a moment so fully, with no loneliness lurking at the edges.
Lisa Kleypas
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Paul Valery
There is no loneliness when you meditate, you feel eternity. How could you ever be lonely? You just feel God’s love for you and that sustains you. It’s totally clear; it’s part of every aspect of your being.
Frederick Lenz
Walking by yourself in the rain is for college kids who think loneliness makes poets.
Peter S. Beagle
One of the illusions that we live by is that we can really know anybody else, and we’re often surprised by traits in people that we thought we knew very well. The struggle to overcome loneliness, which is sort of our universal burden, leads us to leap to conclusions about who other people are.
Thomas McGuane
Many Christians suffer from loneliness because they are sitting instead of serving.
Croft M. Pentz
When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.
Walter Scott
If you are not capable of being alone, your relationship is false. It is just a trick to avoid your loneliness, nothing else.
At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others — poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner — young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I think she ate a salad and some soup. And loneliness. She ate that, too.
Markus Zusak
When you’re creating you have to descend to depths. You’ve just got to go there – to the boredom, the banality, the loneliness and all that. Those moments of really feeling in the flow are fleeting.
Errollyn Wallen
I was born on a tiny cot in southwestern Massachusetts during World War II. A sickly child, I turned to photography to overcome my loneliness and isolation.
William Wegman
The pain of loneliness seems to be part of the mortal experience. But the Lord in His mercy has made it so that we need never deal with the challenges of mortality alone.
Sheri L. Dew
Sorrow has a name, and its name is loneliness. Sorrow has a shape, and its shape is absence. Sorrow is a sickness like any other.
Gregory Maguire
If loneliness was a choice, what was the other option? To settle for second-best and try to be happy with that? And was that fair to the person you settled for?
Lisa Kleypas
One of the things reading does, it makes your loneliness manageable if you are an essentially lonely person.
Jamaica Kincaid
you who are, for me, the postmarks again
of shattered towns–Xenia, Burnt Cabins,
their loneliness
given away in poems, only their solitude kept.
Galway Kinnell
It’s clear to me that anyone, anywhere, can experience loneliness, isolation, solitude, and estrangement; and most people probably do encounter these things at some point in their lives.
Brendan Myers
It’s so effortless to let my loneliness defeat me, make me mold myself to whatever would (in some way – but not wholly) relieve it. I must never forget it… I want sensuality and sensitivity, both… Let me never deny that… I want to err on the side of violence and excess, rather than to underfill my moments.
Susan Sontag
Who can really distinguish between the sea and what’s reflected in it? Or tell the difference between the falling rain and loneliness?
Haruki Murakami
The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.
Alan Lightman
The only answer in this life, to the loneliness we are all bound to feel, is community.
Dorothy Day
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
Kurt Vonnegut
Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
Dag Hammarskjold
Loneliness is a terrible blindness.
Christina Stead
Locked into loneliness were we two and looking at one another every evening we each saw the one we blamed for it.
Robin Hobb
The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one’s people that has not previously been taken into account.
Alice Walker
O yes, everyone gets lonely some time or other. After all, if we look closer into ourselves, shall we not admit that the warmth from other people comes so sweet to us when it comes, because, we always carry with us the knowledge of the cold loneliness of death?
Ama Ata Aidoo
We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness … for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush.
Horace Walpole
In our opposed forms of loneliness and self-recognition and recognition of the other, we touched each other often as we spoke; and on shore in explorations of the past, we strolled with our arms linked.
Harold Brodkey
A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men – and people in general.
Lorraine Hansberry
Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.
Poppy Z. Brite
I would argue that it might be easier to endure loneliness than to endure the idea that you might disappear.
Susan Orlean
There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought -a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
Mark Twain
My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.
Enrique Iglesias
Solitude is part of my life, and I don’t mind that. I like it. I love it. I don’t allow loneliness to be part of my life, let’s put it that way. I really won’t allow it. If I feel lonely, I phone somebody or I go for a walk or a swim, get the endorphins going, because I hate feeling lonely.
Sheila Hancock
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa
Loneliness… has very little to do with location. It’s a state of mind. In the centre of every city are some of the loneliest people in the world… because our whole planet was just outside the window, I felt even more… connected to the seven billion other people.
Chris Hadfield
Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.
Mario Vargas Llosa
God hates loneliness, and community is God’s answer to loneliness. When we walk alongside other people, we find a community where we learn how to love.
Rick Warren
I’ve been in that angst of loneliness, where you’re really alone in the universe, except for the dog.
William Shatner
She didn’t want to go far, just out of the trees so she could see the stars. They always eased her loneliness. She thought of them as beautiful creatures, burning and cold; each solitary, and bleak, and silent like her.
Kristin Cashore
Lonely? Give it to Jesus. The loneliness itself is material for sacrifice.
Elisabeth Elliot
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
I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality, while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
Pedro Almodovar
Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.
Joan Collins
I also have the impression that many women have been able, instinctively, to sniff out this loneliness of mine, which I confided to no one, and this in later years was to become one of the causes of my being taken advantage of.
Osamu Dazai
My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.
Khalil Gibran
Life is a journey one that much better traveled with a companion by our side. Sometimes, we lose our companions along the way and then the journey becomes unbearable. You see, human beings are designed for many things, but loneliness isn’t one of them.
Mary Alice
I realized that I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I was not alone in the loneliness. There were millions of other Americans who had left their birthplaces in search of a dream. (217)
Sherman Alexie
Every loneliness is a pinnacle
Ayn Rand
I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories.
Charles Bukowski
The human soul is not framed for continued proximity, and the result of this enforced neighbourhood is often an appalling loneliness for which the rules of the game forbid assuagement.
Iris Murdoch
Loneliness is a strange gift.
E. B. White
Marriage is supposed to do everything, like Duz, which is more than half its problem. It is said to save us, define us, give us purpose, keep us from loneliness, and incidentally balance our diet and wash our socks, and when it doesn’t, we get divorced.
Merle Shain
If from society we learn to live, solitude should teach us how to die.
Lord Byron
Sometimes you never feel lonelier than when you are always doing tons of things and traveling all over the place. There is a real feeling of loneliness sometimes.
Nicolas Ghesquiere
Alienation and loneliness plant the seeds for rebellion and consciousness.
B. W. Powe
But the West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind.
Buffalo Bill
I relieved my loneliness with movies and books, and I had a strong desire to express what I felt through acting.
HoYeon Jung
I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It’s the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.
Peter HГёeg
We want to know that we’re not alone with our loneliness or loss.
Michael Helm
Through prayer we can carry in our heart all human pain and sorrow, all conflicts and agonies, all torture and war, all hunger, loneliness and misery, not because of some great psychological or emotional capacity, but because God’s heart has become one with ours.
Henri Nouwen
Loneliness is always there, it’s a phase that comes and goes and it is a very difficult phase.
Neena Gupta
I was sad to leave Europe in 1890, after my student days in Germany… But then, once back in New York, I experienced an intense longing for Europe, for its vital tradition of music, theatre, art, craftsmanship… I felt bewildered and lonely. How was I to use myself?
Alfred Stieglitz
Loneliness is random; solitude is ritual.
Pearl Cleage
Running and meditation are very personal activities. Therefore they are lonely. This loneliness is one of their best qualities because it strengthens our incentive to motivate ourselves.
Sakyong Mipham
I hate loneliness, but it loves me.
Tite Kubo
the way i need you is a loneliness i cannot bear.
Carson McCullers
Maybe true love isn’t out there for me, but I can sublimate my loneliness with the notion that true love is out there for someone.
Roxane Gay
Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The interesting thing is why we’re so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.
David Foster Wallace
Great eagles fly alone; great lions hunt alone; great souls walk alone-alone with God. Such loneliness is hard to endure, and impossible to enjoy unless God accompanied. Prophets are lone men; they walk alone, pray alone and God makes them alone.
Leonard Ravenhill
All great and precious things are lonely.
John Steinbeck
Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One’s relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain.
Elizabeth Bowen
Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
Arthur C. Clarke
Since every mortal power of Coleridge Was frozen at its marvellous source, The rapt one, of the godlike forehead, The heaven-eyed creature sleeps in earth: And Lamb, the frolic and the gentle, Has vanished from his lonely hearth.
William Wordsworth
Alone is a fact, a condition where no one else is around. Lonely is how you feel about that.
Twyla Tharp
There is no loneliness like the loneliness of crowds, especially to those who are unaccustomed to them.
H. Rider Haggard
The dominant feeling of the battlefield is loneliness.
William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim
Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.
Anne Hathaway
Reading – the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.
William Styron
It would be really wonderful if people connected to the loneliness of what it means to be a human being in the world today.
Elisabeth Shue
If you fear loneliness, then don’t get married.
Anton Chekhov
I’ve come home in love with loneliness
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Loneliness doesn’t have much to do with where you are.
Hugh Hefner
Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul. Well I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned: When you’re not feeling holy your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.
Leonard Cohen
Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television;
solitude is herb tea and soft music.
Pearl Cleage
Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions.
Robert Fulghum
Men who no longer can make sure of the reality which they feel and experience through talking about it and sharing it with their fellow-men, live in the same nightmare of loneliness and uncertainty which, in a normal world, is the terrible fate of insanity.
Hannah Arendt
A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer – to be living a kind of double life.
Jorge Luis Borges
I don’t fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach.
Mary Roach
I must confess that I am usually drawn to sadness, and loneliness has never been a stranger to me. But love tried to welcome me, but my soul drew back, guilty of lust and sin.
Madonna Ciccone
Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality.
Anthony de Mello
I am an expert in loneliness and have wandered around a great deal.
Sterling Hayden
One ought to love society, if he wishes to enjoy solitude. It is a social nature that solitude works upon with the most various power. If one is misanthropic, and betakes himself to loneliness that he may get away from hateful things, solitude is a silent emptiness to him.
Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.
Richard J. Foster
It is said of a lonely man that he does not appreciate the life of society. This is like saying he hates hiking because he dislikes walking in thick forest on a dark night.
Nicolas Chamfort
My first novel, ‘The Tiger’s Daughter,’ embodies the loneliness I felt but could not acknowledge, even to myself, as I negotiated the no man’s land between the country of my past and the continent of my present.
Bharati Mukherjee
At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.
Brendan Behan
I like being alone and I think this movie, as much as it is an investigation of connection and people bonding, I also think it’s just as much about loneliness.
Jason Schwartzman
I understand everything,” he said. “You understand nothing, but it really doesn’t matter, since what you mean is, you’re glad to see me, just as I’m glad to see you because no more loneliness.” “That’s what I mean,” said Fezzik.
William Goldman
When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
Chief Seattle
Often, feelings of sadness, uneasiness, and loneliness are vague and unattached to specific events. This makes it more challenging to find ways to turn you mood around. When you find yourself in a funk, focus on what you’re feeling.
G. Alan Marlatt
Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that’s real hunger.
Mother Teresa
I sit between my brother the mountain and my sister the sea. We three are one in loneliness, and the love that binds us together is deep and strong and strange.
Khalil Gibran
I think the most common cause of insomnia is simple; its loneliness.
Heath Ledger
If I’m such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you’ve got somebody around who loves you.
Judy Garland
I think everyone is lonely whether you are in a good marriage or a bad marriage somewhere down the line you become lonely, and to get rid of that loneliness you have to try really hard.
Neena Gupta
In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
Alex Haley
She was overstrained with grief and loneliness: almost any shoulder would have done as well.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
There are people who cannot risk loneliness with the experience. They always have to be in a flock and have human contact.
Marie-Louise von Franz
Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?
Haruki Murakami
There is absolutely no point in sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself. The great power you have is to let go … focus on what you have, no that which has been mean or unkindly removed.
Minnie Driver
Physical distance between people has nothing to do with loneliness. It’s psychic distance.
Robert M. Pirsig
Love was the result of having caught a glimpse of another’s loneliness.
Nadeem Aslam
Love is an actual need, an urgent requirement of the heart, he read aloud from an old essay on marriage that he found in his files.Every properly constituted human being who entertains an appreciation of loneliness…and looks forward to happiness and content feels the necessity of loving. Without it, life is unfinished.
Jan Karon
We can also allow our Soulmate to pass us by,without accepting him or her,or even noticing. Then we will need another incarnation in order to find that Soulmate. And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.
Paulo Coelho
My own study of the networked life has left me thinking about intimacy – about being with people in person, hearing their voices and seeing their faces, trying to know their hearts. And it has left me thinking about solitude – the kind that refreshes and restores. Loneliness is failed solitude.
Sherry Turkle
There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness… It will never end, for madness carves its own reality.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
Germaine Greer
When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.
George R. R. Martin
I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.
Ernest Hemingway
Greedп‚јhas no satiation point, since its consummation does not fill the inner emptiness, boredom, loneliness, and depression it is meant to overcome.
Erich Fromm
Loneliness and rootlessness are just symptoms of an insecurity that assails us all when hitting this midlife moment. The world appears intent on blanking you out.
Mariella Frostrup
And not out of fear or loneliness, but only to find myself again… for we have come too far my Life, to turn back now.
John J. Geddes
I barely noticed loneliness anymore; it was my normal condition, by necessity if not by nature.
Rachel Hartman
I am no good without you, Ginesse,” he said. “I spent a lifetime alone, but I never understood loneliness until I was away from you. I never understood happiness until I saw you again.
Connie Brockway
My plea…is a plea to save the children. Too many of them walk with pain and fear, in loneliness and despair. Children need sunlight…They need kindness and refreshment and affection. Every home, regardless of the cost of the house, can provide an environment of love which will be an environment of salvation.
Gordon B. Hinckley
For the first time in four billion years a living creature had contemplated himself and heard with a sudden, unaccountable loneliness, the whisper of the wind in the night reeds.
Loren Eiseley
My sense of loneliness was not particularly great until I reached sixty. From that time on, I would have given an ex-king’s ransom if I had been able, in my youth to seduce a lady into thinking of me as a handyman and provider around the house.
Frank Crowninshield
It’s (the lack of communication between the people in his paintings, ed.) probably a reflection of my own, if I may say, loneliness. I don’t know. It could be the whole human condition.
Edward Hopper
And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.
Paulo Coelho
I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness. In reality those who satisfy me are those who simply allow me to live with my ”idea of them.
Anais Nin
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
Tennessee Williams
For loneliness, worries, difficulties, the unsatisfied need for kindness and sympathy – that is what is hard to bear.
Vincent Van Gogh
of all the deprivations which afflict humankind, none is more dreadful than loneliness. A corrosive, it eats the heart out. People were meant to live by twos, with someone close with whom to share good and bad, to hear breathing in the dark room at night. Being alone is the one unnatural act.
Zelda Popkin
Loneliness is something you can’t walk away from.
William Feather
And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Khalil Gibran
We are all born alone and die alone. The loneliness is definitely part of the journey of life.
Jenova Chen
Unlike many other illnesses, what I find profoundly empowering about addressing loneliness is that the ultimate solution to loneliness lies in each of us. We can be the medicine that each other needs. We can be the solution other people crave. We are all doctors and we are all healers.
Vivek Murthy
Misanthropy is born, I think, out of an almost oppressive sense of loneliness, a conviction that there’s no one on earth who understands you. I don’t think misanthropes hate people: They hate that people hate them.
Hanya Yanagihara
How we need another soul to cling to.
Sylvia Plath
..he understood far more deeply than anyone else the loneliness that lurked beneath his jaunty mask.
RyЕ«nosuke Akutagawa
One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.
Elbert Hubbard
Loneliness, tenderness, high society, notoriety, you fight for the throne and you travel alone.
Bob Dylan
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Chief Seattle
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
John Steinbeck
You are the architect of your own loneliness.
Adam Shankman
Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.
Louis Orr
your soul needs to be lonely so that its strangest elements can moil about, curl and growl and jump, fail and get triumphant, all inside you. Sociable people have the most trouble hearing their unconscious. They have trouble getting rid of clichГ©s because clichГ©s are sociable.
Carol Bly
Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
Pedro Almodovar
You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man. And that is the most bitter type of loneliness, success has brought me world idolisation and millions of pounds. But it’s prevented me from having the one thing we all need: A loving, ongoing relationship.
Freddie Mercury
I did not find that writing a diary with a lead male character differed in any essential way from writing one with a female character. They all had the same challenges in terms of attempting to establish an identity, coping with loneliness, friendships, relationships.
Kathryn Lasky
Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.
Thomas Merton
See, the thing is, as a writer you are free. You are about the freest person that ever was. Your freedom is what you have bought with your solitude, your loneliness.
Ursula K. Le Guin
loneliness can fly a helicopter through a cut-out shape of a helicopter the same size as the helicopter and that’s it’s only skill and it isn’t good enough but it’s still amazing.
Tao Lin
There in the center of that silence was not eternity but the death of time and a loneliness so profound the word itself had no meaning.
Toni Morrison
It’s an odd feeling-farewell-there is some envy in it. Men go off to be tested for courage and if we’re tested at all, it’s for patience, for doing without, for how well we can endure loneliness.
Isak Dinesen
The feelings we live through in love and in loneliness are simply, for us, what high tide and low tide are to the sea.
Khalil Gibran
I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.
… we are all terribly alone no matter what people say.
Bernard Malamud
I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not ever interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men.
Eric Clapton
Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay. I tilted my head back. The stars looked like they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.
Leigh Bardugo
There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.
Hubert Selby, Jr.
When everyone leaves you it’s loneliness you feel, when you leave everyone else it’s solitude.
Alfred Polgar
The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
Joseph Mitchell
The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn’t subdue you and make you feel abject. It’s stimulating loneliness.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.
Henry Rollins
The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit.
Marya Mannes
Perhaps loneliness had nothing to do with place or circumstance; perhaps it was in you; yourself. Perhaps, wherever you were, you took your little circle of loneliness with you.
Mary Stewart
Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.
Martha Beck
I embraced loneliness as a kid. I know what loneliness is. When you’re at the end of your rope. I never forget those feelings.
John Prine
I almost never get lonely. I love being alone. I’m glad I’m married, and I love my wife. But there’s never been a situation in my life where my unhappiness was based on loneliness.
Chuck Klosterman
loneliness is a twilight moment by feelings, longing after something or someone you can not reach
Istvan Molnar
Wouldn’t it be nice if all the people who are lonesome could live in one big dormitory, sleep in beds next to each other, talk, laugh, and keep the lights on as long as they want to?
Lenny Bruce
Year after year, politicians have drafted huge piles of legislation on the assumption that most people are not good. And we know the consequences of that policy: inequality, loneliness and mistrust.
Rutger Bregman
I have been trying, for some time now, to find dignity in my loneliness. I have been finding this hard to do. It is easier, of course, to find dignity in one’s solitude. Loneliness is solitude with a problem.
Maggie Nelson
But the battles against loneliness that I fought when I was 16 are very different from those I fought when I was 27, and those are very different from the ones I fight at 44.
Tom Hanks
Why do I write? It’s not that I want people to think I am smart, or even that I am a good writer. I write because I want to end my loneliness.
Jonathan Safran Foer
I’ve never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I’ve only thought about it as a way to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up.
Taylor Swift
The economic dependence of woman and her apparently indestructible illusion that marriage will release her from loneliness and work and worry are potent factors in immunizing her from common sense in dealing with men at work.
Mary Barnett Gilson
The best antidote for loneliness, hopelessness, and fear is vulnerability: sharing your secrets and talking about what shames you, what you fear.
I’ve never been without a dog. I’ve made trips across the country with a dog. I’ve been in that angst of loneliness, where you’re really alone in the universe, except for the dog.
William Shatner
Separate we come, and separate we go, And this be it known, is all that we know.
Conrad Aiken
A person’s heart withers if it does not answer another heart.
Pearl S. Buck
Well, being the youngest child and frail, I was left alone a great deal of the time.
Andrew Wyeth
If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.
Alice Meynell
I started putting down my thoughts on paper out of loneliness while I was studying in America. I was very close to my grandfather, and when he died, I couldn’t visit home. I started scribbling those thoughts.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I think that cinema is a great place to make stories of loneliness. And being Norwegian, I don’t want to make the film about loneliness in being out in nature on a mountaintop; it’s about being in the cities.
Joachim Trier
Why were we so far apart, even when we were together? It was a nice loneliness, like the sensation of washing your face in cold water.
Banana Yoshimoto
Success definitely brings on loneliness. People think you’re lucky, that you have everything. They think you can go anywhere and do anything, but that’s not the point. One hungers for the basic stuff.
Michael Jackson
With Charlie Brown, it was about loneliness and isolation. I always thought that the thing about Charlie Brown and those characters was the absence of the parents. Half the strip was about who wasn’t there. The parents were never in the picture.
Matt Groening
Loneliness itself is material for sacrifice. The very longings themselves can be offered to Him who understands perfectly. The transformation into something He can use for the good of others takes place only when the offering is put into his hands.
Elisabeth Elliot
Some nights, one wants to tell beloveds everything that’s been waiting to be said. Some nights, a man needs flesh and blood and warm breath and a loving heart.
Janet Morris
Loneliness opens the door for wisdom and wisdom opens all the doors!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
In 1970 I felt so lonely that I could not give; now I feel so joyful that giving seems easy. I hope that the day will come when the memory of my present joy will give me the strength to keep giving even when loneliness gnaws at my heart.
Henri Nouwen
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
Even to loneliness there is an end, for those who are lonely enough, long enough.
Theodore Sturgeon
The opposite of Loneliness is not Togetherness , It’s Intimacy.
Richard Bach
The loneliness of another can be shocking when it lays itself bare without warning.
Dennis Lehane
I realize that I live on the bubble of insanity. I feel the weight of human suffering, loneliness and despair on me all the time. It’s not getting easier; if anything, it’s always right on the edge of my skin.
Erwin McManus
People claim that love is the deepest feeling, but don’t you believe it. Loneliness is the most affecting of human emotions. Nothing makes life more vivid. If you wish to live in the moment, I recommend intense loneliness.
The concept of loneliness and exile and self-sufficiency continually bucks me up.
Christopher Hitchens
You’re neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you’re as much a part of what people call nature as anyone else; only you’re unexplained as yet — you’ve not got your niche in creation. ~ The Well of Loneliness, 1928
Radclyffe Hall
Often have I sighed to measure By myself a lonely pleasure,- Sighed to think I read a book, Only read, perhaps, by me.
William Wordsworth
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
Wayne Dyer
Every day you preach to yourself a gospel of your loneliness, inability, and lack of resources or you faithfully preach to yourself the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul David Tripp
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
Cyril Connolly
Suicide is a crime of loneliness, and adulated people can be frighteningly alone. Intelligence does not help in these circumstances; brilliance is almost always profoundly isolating.
Andrew Solomon
It made her think of Laika, the dog. The man-made satellite streaking soundlessly across the blackness of outer space. The dark, lustrous eyes of the dog gazing out the tiny window. In the infinite loneliness of space, what could the dog possibly be looking at?
Haruki Murakami
The eagle has no liberty; he only has loneliness.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Loneliness is emptiness, but happiness is you.
Johnny Cash
I was never less alone than when by myself.
Edward Gibbon
Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone.
Rollo May
Being alone was easier. No risk, just loneliness. No one ever died from that.
Marjorie M. Liu
If your beliefs are stressful and you question them, you come to see that they aren’t true – whereas prior to questioning, you absolutely believe them. How can you live in joy when you’re believing thoughts that bring on sadness, frustration, anger, alienation, and loneliness?
Byron Katie
Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.
Charlotte Bronte
Most of the writers I know are weird hybrids. There’s a strong streak of egomania coupled with extreme shyness. Writing’s kind of like exhibitionism in private. And there’s also a strange loneliness, and a desire to have some kind of conversation with people, but not a real great ability to do it in person.
David Foster Wallace
Because, once alone, it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery.
Marilynne Robinson
A lot of women are afraid of loneliness, so when they see a woman who can live alone, then they think, ‘Hmm, I can do that.’ But you need an example, and that is why I am proud to say I have divorced three husbands.
Nawal El Saadawi
He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by.
Mother Teresa
To Tennessee Williams we owe a special debt. In a tragic age, he has transformed loneliness by naming it for us, suffered sordidness with beauty, graced poor hurt lives with love and pity.
William Jay Smith
Part of the reason people don’t talk about their loneliness is that they feel they will be judged for it.
Vivek Murthy
But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilling yearnings.
Elizabeth Gilbert
Loneliness comes suddenly like waves and recedes just as fast. That continues on forever. It’s the same for you. It’s the same for everyone.
Chica Umino
He liked the loneliness of inner space, the sense of being forgotten by the world.
Richard Preston
Unlike the millions who casually masturbate in solitude while looking at girlie pictures in Playboy and similar magazines, the massage man preferred an accomplice, an attendant lady of respectable appearance who would help him reduce the guilt and loneliness of this most lonely act of love.
Gay Talese
The worst thing baldness causes is loneliness.
Gail Porter
While loneliness has the potential to kill, connection has even more potential to heal.
Vivek Murthy
Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.
Maya Angelou
Rituals are comforting; rituals combat loneliness.
John Irving
Maybe a first love exists to reaffirm the best parts of yourself, the choices you made when you didn’t worry about the consequences. Maybe a first love exists to remind you to be brave in the moment, to stand up for your feelings, instead of shrinking back in the face of potential loneliness.
Adriana Trigiani
The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her.
Francis Thompson
Death is loneliness in its purest form.
Katherine Anne Porter
Readers and writers are united in their need for solitude, in their pursuit of substance in a time of ever-increasing evanescence: in their reach inward, via print, for a way out of loneliness.
Jonathan Franzen
There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Dag Hammarskjold
Look on each day that comes as a challenge, as a test of courage. The pain will come in waves, some days worse than others, for no apparent reason. Accept the pain. Little by little, you will find new strength, new vision, born of the very pain and loneliness which seem, at first, impossible to master.
Daphne du Maurier
Loneliness is the prison of the human spirit. When we are lonely, we pace back and forth in small, shut-in worlds.
John Powell
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
Eric Hoffer
The deepest need of the human being is to overcome our
separateness, to leave the prison of our loneliness.
Erich Fromm
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
Real love is not an escape from loneliness, real love is an overflowing aloneness. One is so happy in being alone that one wud like to share.
It’s so kind of you to want to visit me in my loneliness. – The Wicked Witch of the West. Now I know I have a heart, because it’s breaking. – The Tin Woodsman Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
L. Frank Baum
If you want to find the trail, if you want to find yourself, you must explore your dreams alone. You must grow at a slow pace in a dark cocoon of loneliness so you can fly like wind, like wings, when you awaken.
Francesca Lia Block
Whenever I’m around people it causes me to feel nostalgic for the loneliness that drove me into their presence in the first place.
Dov Davidoff
On the outside one is a star. But in reality, one is completely alone, doubting everything. To experience this loneliness of soul is the hardest thing in the world.
Brigitte Bardot
So even if the hot loneliness is there, and for 1.6 seconds we sit with that restlessness when yesterday we couldn’t sit for even one, that’s the journey of the warrior. (68)
Pema Chodron
God made everything out of nothing. But the nothingness shows through.
Paul Valery
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.
Orson Welles
…she had come long ago to understand that loneliness was the curse of those who were free, even of all those who rose a little above the level of ordinary humanity.
Louis Bromfield
Loneliness is a good education. You learn the things no crowds can teach and you discover the things no crowds can give.
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved.
David Foster Wallace
Solitude without togetherness deteriorates into loneliness. One needs strong roots in togetherness to be solitary rather than lonely when one is alone.
David Steindl-Rast
I need noise and interruptions and irritation: irritation and discomfort are a great starter. The loneliness of doing it any other way would kill me.
Anita Brookner
There’s just an incredible amount of loneliness as a mother, all this solitude no one really speaks to.
Catherine Reitman
My intention has been to encourage viewers to face their prejudices about prostitution, sex and aging while reflecting on the complex and varied forms that love and loneliness can take.
Maya Goded
No shame in saying that I felt a loneliness drifting through me. Funny how it was, everyone perched in their own little world with the deep need to talk, each person with their own tale, beginning in some strange middle point, then trying so hard to tell it all, to have it all make sense, logical and final.
Colum McCann
The whole problem of life, then, is this: how to break out of one’s own loneliness, how to communicate with others.
Cesare Pavese
The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world.
John Huston
The pains that you suffer, the loneliness that you encounter, the experiences that are disappointing or distressing, the addictions and seeming pitfalls of your life are each doorways to awareness. Each offers you an opportunity to see beyond the illusion that serves as the balancing and growth of your soul.
Gary Zukav
Lonely people console themselves with self-absorption or curiosity.
Mason Cooley
It seems to be that loneliness is a small price to pay for peace and quiet.
Bart Yates
It was very relaxing to be away from civilization, and this bothered me. I should not have found the loneliness so welcoming.
Stephenie Meyer
The sound of loneliness makes me happier.
Conor Oberst
To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.
Stanley Hauerwas
Instead of hiding your loneliness, bring it into the light. Honor it. Treat it. Heal it. You’ll find that it returns the favor.
Martha Beck
When the sparrow sings its final refrain, the hush is felt nowhere more deeply than in the heart of man.
Don Williams
You can walk away from your mistakes You can turn your back on what you do Just a little smile is all it takes And you can have your cake and eat it too. Loneliness will get to you somehow But ev’rybody loves you now.
Billy Joel
I remember learning as a kid that love meant loneliness and confusion.
Calum Scott
I’ve always been pulled toward people who can’t seem to make anything fit. It’s like a cinema of isolation, of loneliness. They go outside the system and create their own society to develop their obsession to an insane degree.
Harmony Korine
Single people slip out of the dating market for many social, economic, psychological, and ideological reasons including marriage, illness, bankruptcy, job promotion, exhaustion, and common sense. Inevitably, however, they return because of divorce, boredom, loneliness, and memory loss.
Linda Sunshine
This loneliness won’t leave me alone.
Otis Redding
I trained in internal medicine, and I expected most of my time would be spent on diabetes or heart disease or cancer. What I didn’t expect was that so many people I saw would be struggling with loneliness.
Vivek Murthy
Loneliness surrounds me without your arms around me.
Tammy Wynette
A world without pain, loss, betrayal, hate, death, loneliness? Impossible!
Darren Shan
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Tillich
Once he entered my life, I promptly forgot all my years of putting on a brave face while browsing at bookstores until closing time, and of having one, two, three beers while watching crime shows and CNN. I completely forgot the hateful sensation of loneliness, like thirst and hunger together pressing on my stomach.
Douglas Coupland
Loneliness is a barrier that prevents one from uniting with the inner self.
Carl Rogers
You always know. You have basic needs, and when they aren’t met, your body sends signals. Hunger, loneliness, exhaustion, thirst, and fear are all signals that something is missing, and you need to act on it now.
Mel Robbins
the sentiment of immediate loss in some sort decayed, while that of utter, irremediable loneliness grew on me with time.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Being human is the most terrible loneliness in the universe.
A.A. Attanasio
I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.
Russell Baker
SO the richest are often the poorest as this saying goes, “Loneliness is the ultimate poverty”
Abigail Van Buren
I get inspired by so many things every single day. Things I see every day, conversations, arguments, day to day occurrences, good days, bad days, loneliness, happiness, anger, anxiety, pressure, relationships……EVERYTHING.
Ricki-Lee Coulter
A lot of my songs are about loneliness and losing relationships. Even the ones that are happy, there’s a lonely undertone to them.
And I am not one of those women who trips twice over the same stone.
Isabel Allende
I think ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ was one of the most influential films on me. Looking back now, I can see how influential it was on my screenwriting because here you have what looks to be a crime procedural, and it’s actually a study in race and loneliness, and a perception of an era.
Taylor Sheridan
When we truly realize that we are all alone is when we need others the most.
Ronald Anthony Cross
To be adult is to be alone.
Jean Rostand
Depression on my left, Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me thier badges. I know these guys very well.
Elizabeth Gilbert
There are those who worship loneliness, I’m not one of them In this age of fiberglass I’m searching for a gem The crystal ball up on the wall hasn’t shown me nothing yet I’ve paid the price of solitude, but at last I’m out of debt
Bob Dylan
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
Tennessee Williams
But the more people we love and the more deeply we love them, the more vulnerable we are to loss and grief and loneliness.
Dean Koontz
I think we tend to write more uplifting and vibrant music when we’re in bleak and lonely surroundings. I think it’s because you’re channeling your loneliness in a way that you’re trying to escape to your situation.
Ed MacFarlane
I started keeping a diary in third grade and, in solidarity with Anne Frank, gave it a name and made it my confidante. To this day, I feel comforted and relieved of loneliness, no matter how foreign my surroundings, if I have a pad and a pen with which to record my experiences.
Ariel Levy
We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.
Dorothy Day
All of that loneliness and longing in my heart got transferred into the book Because of Winn-Dixie, I guess.
Kate DiCamillo
I had to learn compassion. Had to learn what it felt like to hate, and to forgive and to love and be loved. And to lose people close to me. Had to feel deep loneliness and sorrow. And then I could write.
Louise Penny
The capacity for not feeling lonely can carry a very real price, that of feeling nothing at all.
Douglas Coupland
I didn’t really get the chance to talk to girls. I was a straight boy with hormones kicking in, and I wanted to talk to girls, but they weren’t interested in talking back to me, so there was a real sense of loneliness.
Andy Biersack
Let those who would affect singularity with success first determine to be very virtuous, and they will be sure to be very singular.
Charles Caleb Colton
Loneliness does not worry me; life is difficult enough, putting up with yourself and with your own habits.
Jorge Luis Borges
But loneliness, true loneliness, is impossible to accustom oneself to, and while I was still young I thought of my situation as somehow temporary, and did not stop hoping and imagining that I would meet someone and fall in love…Yes, there was a time before I closed myself off to others.
Nicole Krauss
Many of my characters struggle with loneliness, that is fair to say.
Jhumpa Lahiri
[Pope Francis]sees a world in need of the Gospel, and of friendship with Jesus Christ, as an antidote to the self-absorption and loneliness that are eating away at the solidarity of the human community.
George Weigel
We’re alone, but we are capable of communicating to one another both our loneliness and our desire to break through it. You say, ‘I’m alone.’ Someone answers, ‘I’m alone too.’ There’s a shift in the scale of power. A bridge is thrown between the two abysses.
Elie Wiesel
My greatest affliction… is perhaps the major theme of my writings, the affliction of loneliness that follows me like a shadow, a very ponderous shadow too heavy to drag after me all of my days and nights.
Tennessee Williams
I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don’t know what real loneliness is until you’ve known the opposite.
Rick Yancey
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Mother Teresa
But at least this got Mouth thinking about how his loneliness wasn’t unique. We all suffered. And I guess we all had good times too. Man – if every person who ever felt lonely killed himself, the world would be littered with corpses. And far lonelier.
David Lubar
Where a people prays, there is the church; and where the church is; there is never loneliness.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Cinema is a wonderful art form for talking about loneliness. We can experience films together with other people. It can be a collective experience of loneliness. We’re alone in the dark of the theater, but with other people.
Joachim Trier
All right, that was my moment with loneliness. I’m not afraid of feeling lonely, but now I’m going to put that loneliness aside and know that there are other emotions in the world, and I’m going to experience them as well.
Morrie Schwartz
One of the most painful aspects of suffering is the loneliness of it. Others may offer support or empathy, but no one can walk the road to Moriah in our place.
John Ortberg
Loneliness and hunger were my fortunes of creation.
Mo Yan
Loneliness is not a fault but a condition of existence.
Ivan Albright
…and my loneliness, always my loneliness – that airless bubble of despair that is slowing stifling me.
Tabitha Suzuma
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
Dante Alighieri
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Dale Carnegie
Python carries his loneliness in him as if he had eaten clay.
Barbara Chase-Riboud
What I do remember about first grade and that year was that it was very lonely. I didn’t have any friends, and I wasn’t allowed to go to the cafeteria or play on the playground. What bothered me most was the loneliness in school every day.
Ruby Bridges
Oh, I am a lonely painter / I live in a box of paints.
Joni Mitchell
Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.
Mahatma Gandhi
The loneliness of the man is slowly being borne in upon me. There is not a man aboard but hates or fears him, nor is there a man whom he does not despise.
Jack London
Loneliness and darkness have just robbed me of my valuables.
Sigmund Freud
We are awakening from the dream of isolation, from the dream of loneliness, and it’s a terrible shock.
Leonard Cohen
Sittin’ here resting my bones, this loneliness won’t leave me alone. Two thousand miles I roam, just to make this dock my home. I’m just gon’ sit at the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away. Sittin’ on the dock of the bay, wastin’ time.
Otis Redding
We’re afraid that this anger or sorrow or loneliness is going to last forever… Instead, acting it out is what makes it last.
Pema Chodron
The individual has always to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
Friedrich Nietzsche
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
Thomas Jefferson
Loneliness Got a mind of its own The more people around The more you feel alone
Bob Dylan
If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.
Aldous Huxley
There’s definitely a loneliness and, like, an internal element to being a performer.
Anna Faris
[A cat] will make itself the companion of your hours of work, of loneliness, or of sadness.
Theophile Gautier
Every wise workman takes his tools away from the work from time to time that they may be ground and sharpened; so does the only-wise Jehovah take his ministers oftentimes away into darkness and loneliness and trouble, that he may sharpen and prepare them for harder work in his service.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
The truly solitary being is not the man who is abandoned by men, but the man who suffers in their midst, who drags his desert through the marketplace and deploys his talents as a smiling leper, a mountebank of the irreparable.
Emile M. Cioran
I rail against writers who talk about the loneliness of it all — what do they want, a crowd looking over their typewriters? Or those who talk about having to stare at a blank page — do they want someone to write on it?
Wilfrid Sheed
It’s the hardest thing to be alone in being satisfied with what one’s done.
Claude Monet
I was doing this really wacky sketch comedy but at the same time writing these dark, cerebral plays about characters coming to grips with their loneliness and heartbreak. My dream job has always been a way to combine the two. I would say ‘BoJack Horseman’ is the culmination of all of that.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
A blank wall of social and professional antagonism faces the woman physician that forms a situation of singular and painful loneliness, leaving her without support, respect or professional counsel.
Elizabeth Blackwell
Better to join in with humanity than to set ourselves apart.
Pema Chodron
Some nights, valor and cold purpose aren’t enough.
Janet Morris
While you are alone you are entirely your own master and if you have one companion you are but half your own, and the less so in proportion to the indiscretion of his behavior.
Leonardo da Vinci
The true light never hides the darkness but is born out of the very center of it, transforming and redeeming. So to the darkness we must return, each of us individually accepting his ignorance and loneliness, his sin and weakness, and, most difficult of all, consenting to wait in the dark and even to love the waiting
Helen M. Luke
There was no time for kissing but she wanted him to know that in the future there would be. A kiss in so much loneliness was like a hand pulling you up out of the water, scooping you up from a place of drowning and into the reckless abundance of air. A kiss, another kiss.
Ann Patchett
No technological achievements can mitigate the disappointment of modern man, his loneliness, his feeling of inferiority, and his fear of war, revolution and terror. Not only has our generation lost faith in Providence but also in man himself, in his institutions and often in those who are nearest to him.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
What we don’t let out traps us. We think, No one else feels this way, I must be crazy. So we don’t say anything. And we become enveloped by a deep loneliness, not knowing where our feelings come from or what to do with them. Why do I feel this way?
Sabrina Ward Harrison
Scary is time passing and sickness and dying and regret and isolation and loneliness and relationship problems – as opposed to a guy in a hockey mask, which didn’t seem that scary.
Charlie Kaufman
We are most of us very lonely in this world; you who have any who love you, cling to them and thank God.
William Makepeace Thackeray
I have a life that’s just been a well of loneliness.
Jessica Lange
My art takes birth when my loneliness becomes my companion… when I take lives and deaths much personally and work when others play. When I meet myself and find that the truth of life is not the dream of tender age … but the fire within me that creates the work of art.
Jeet Aulakh
Fear is the process of the mind in the struggle of becoming. In becoming good there is the fear of evil; in becoming complete, there is the fear of loneliness.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
What was the point in such loneliness among people. At least if you were by yourself, you had a good reason to be lonely.
Janet Fitch
My loneliness tasted like pennies.
Janet Fitch
My loneliness turned itself inside out and I grew myself a kind of perverse pride.
Phyllis Gotlieb
As far as loneliness, I feel Los Angeles and its layout, having to drive everywhere – it is a lonely place. It’s an isolated city in that respect because you’re driving to places alone listening to the radio.
Jason Schwartzman
I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.
Charles Bukowski
What is man without the beasts? For if all the beast were gone, man would die of a great loneliness of the spirit.
Chief Seattle
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
…I realized that I knew less about loneliness than I had thought – and much less than I would know when he went away.
Octavia Butler
Weeded and worn the ancient thatch Upon the lonely moated grange.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Feelings such as loneliness, longing or love are sometimes hard to put into words; maybe that’s why we all love music, because it resonates with something we can’t share.
Agnes Obel
I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a
full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy
ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness.
Jim Harrison
All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
Paul McCartney
The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.
Erich Fromm
As an artist, the most important feeling is loneliness. So when I say artists need to isolate themselves from society this is what I mean: You have to look for that feeling of loneliness again. Only this way can you have something that is purely your own.
Zhang Xiaogang
Be mobile at all times, even if it causes you suffering or feelings of loneliness. Unless you’re willing to do that, you’re never going to get the bigger rewards.
Oleg Cassini
Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
Thomas Carlyle
When we begin to look around us, to observe individuals and societies, and to study philosophies and religions, we realize that our loneliness is shared. Our solitude is plural, and our singularity is the similarity between us.
Tariq Ramadan
you’ll never be lonely if you learn to be friend your self
David Archuleta
If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.
Jean-Paul Sartre
We know that chronic loneliness has consequences. It certainly depresses our mood. And in terms of our health, people who struggle with loneliness also have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety. Loneliness is also associated with a shorter lifespan.
Vivek Murthy
He would say her name over and over until it devolved into meaningless sounds – mah REI kuh, mah REI kuh – it became an entry in a dictionary of loneliness.
Audrey Niffenegger
Loneliness Is Not The Absence Of Affection, But The Absence Of Direction.
Mike Murdock
The words ‘alone,’ ‘lonely,’ and ‘loneliness’ are three of the most powerful words in the English language. Those words say that we are human; they are like the words hunger and thirst. But they are not words about the body, they are words about the soul.
Donald Miller
I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
Khalil Gibran
There is a huge sense of loneliness as people leave villages and move to cities. It’s hard to find that human connection as you move away from where you started.
Mohsin Hamid
The more specific you are about a very general feeling of loneliness is actually how you connect with people.
Phoebe Bridgers
In misery’s darkest cavern known, His useful care was ever nigh Where hopeless anguish pour’d his groan, And lonely want retir’d to die.
Samuel Johnson
Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets
loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today
the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the
techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness.
Alvin Toffler
Vanity, revenge, loneliness, boredom, all apply: lust is one of the least of the reasons for promiscuity.
Mignon McLaughlin
It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
Marilyn Monroe
Deepen you knowledge of Jesus which ends loneliness, overcomes sadness and uncertainty, gives real meaning to life, curbs passions, exalts ideals, expands energies in charity, brings light into decisive choices. Let Christ be for you the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Pope John Paul II
To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
Charles Caleb Colton
I, however, cannot force myself to use “meat drugs” to cheat on my loneliness.
Franz Kafka
Someone once wrote that musicians are touched on the shoulder by God, and I think it’s true. You can make other people happy with music, but you can make yourself happy too. Because of my music, I have never known loneliness and never been depressed.
John Berendt
All the suffering that humanity ever knew can be traced to the one fact that no man in the history of the Galaxy … could really understand one another. Every human being lived behind an impenetrable wall of choking mist within which no other but he existed.
Isaac Asimov
My mind swirled with memories of the life I had led. The constant struggle to keep up appearances, the pretenses, the smiles that had been met with tears. The long sleepless nights, the loneliness that cloaked my spirit and turned me into a true ghost.
Anchee Min
…the pain of the constant, bone-chilling loneliness she’d accustomed herself to. And learned to live with it.
Christina Dodd
The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!
Edith Wharton
She cried for the life she could not control. She cried for the mentor who had died before her eyes. She cried for the profound loneliness that filled her heart. But, above all, she cried for the future … which suddenly felt so uncertain.
Dan Brown
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself.
Neal A. Maxwell
Actually loneliness has a kind of fascination; it’s a state of egotistical, inner grace that you can achieve only by standing guard on old, forgotten roads that no one travels anymore.
Arturo PГ©rez-Reverte
married was the loneliest I got – being without the one you’re with.
Jennifer Stone
I think loneliness comes with being creative, because you are obsessed with creation. And it is so satisfying that sometimes, I have noticed, I completely neglect my friends and my family, and they fall away.
Tom Ford
Any human face is a claim on you, because you can’t help but understand the singularity of it, the courage and loneliness of it. But this is truest of the face of an infant. I consider that to be one kind of vision, as mystical as any.
Marilynne Robinson
You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.
Emily Carr
I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself.
Warsan Shire
In 2016, I left Korea to further my modelling career overseas, and I spent a lot of time alone. At the time, the emotion that I felt the most was loneliness.
HoYeon Jung
I’m very lonely now, Mary, For the poor make no new friends; But oh they love the better still The few our Father sends!
Hariot Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava
Wars often begin with enthusiastic vigor but typically settle into costly, dirty business characterized for soldiers by fear, frustration, and loneliness.
Stanley A. McChrystal
We long to connect, all of us. We long to be noticed, to be cared for, to matter. Generosity is the invisible salve on our wound of loneliness, one that benefits both sides, over and over again.
Seth Godin
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.
Carl Jung
I have learned to be steady in my course of love, or fear, or loneliness, rather than impulsive in its wasting, either lyrically or emotionally.
Rosanne Cash
Loneliness is a darkness of the soul
N.K. Jemisin
Loneliness comes in two basic varieties. When it results from a desire for solitude, loneliness is a door we close against the world. When the world instead rejects us, loneliness is an open door, unused.
Dean Koontz
We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.
Marina Keegan
I had known loneliness before, and emptiness upon the moor, but I had never been a NOTHING, a nothing floating on a nothing, known by nothing, lonelier and colder than the space between the stars. It was more frightening than being dead.
Peter Carey
Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness.
Henry Rollins
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
If there is one person on the planet who still is suffering from loneliness and from pain or despair, and we don’t know about it, or we don’t want to know about it, then something is wrong with the world.
Elie Wiesel
To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.
Anna Louise Strong
Isolation and loneliness create the conditions for rapid aging. The key is to stay connected and open to new relationships throughout your life.
Deepak Chopra
The life of an athlete does have to be lonely and you have to be focused on your craft and what you do. Loneliness is just a sacrifice you make as an Olympic-level athlete.
Johnny Weir
Privacy and loneliness were the traditional luxuries accorded to a skipper.
Tom Clancy
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
John Steinbeck
Being single isn’t the cause of loneliness, and marriage is not necessarily the cure. There are many lonely married people as well.
Renee Jones
When the chips are down, you are alone, and loneliness can be terrifying. Fortunately, I’ve always had a chum I could call. And I love to be alone. It doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m my own company.
Audrey Hepburn
If you are destined to become a writer, you can’t help it. If you can help it, you aren’t destined to become a writer. The frustrations and disappointments, not even to mention the unspeakable loneliness, are too unbearable for anyone who doesn’t have a deep sense of being unable to avoid writing.
Donald Harington
I’ve been so lonely for long periods of my life that if a rat walked in I would have welcomed it.
Louise Berliawsky Nevelson
I keep making the music I do because I feel very purposeful about making things that would be helpful or quell some loneliness in people. I really needed that when I listened to music growing up and even now, so I don’t mind that sense of duty.
Perfume Genius
I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills – all the people who have existed there.
Andrew Wyeth
Just before a fight, as the ring empties, you can feel it. There is danger and loneliness all around you. Soon it’s just the three of you in there: the referee, your opponent, and you. You’re in a very lonely moment then. But, strangely, that’s when I feel most comfortable. The ring becomes my office, and I go to work.
David Haye
Don’t let loneliness
drive you back into
the arms of someone
who doesn’t give a
damn about you.
Megan Fox
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
Edward Gibbon
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I’ve decided that the worst part of loneliness isn’t being alone. It’s being forgotten.
Tawni O’Dell
If I hazard a guess as to the most endemic, prevalent anxiety among human beings-including fear of death, abandonment, loneliness-nothing is more prevalent than the fear of one another.
R. D. Laing
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
C. S. Lewis
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
Helen Keller
It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that, whenever we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation—of loneliness, poverty, and misery, the end and extreme of things—the thought of God comes into one’s mind.
Vincent Van Gogh
Loneliness sometimes gives me a quantity of creativeness – you’re drinking another glass of wine and you’re feeling even worse. Art doesn’t work without pain; art also exists for compensating pain.
Till Lindemann
Times may have changed, but there are some things that are always with us – loneliness is one of them.
Laurie Graham
I think I write serious comedies. I would love to be able to write for pure pleasure, but the undertow is always loneliness.
Patrick Marber
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.
Hilaire Belloc
For too many women pregnancy is just the start of loneliness and abuse. It is a cruel reality.
Fay Ripley
Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.
Anais Nin
Sometimes I feel… that my cross is heavy beyond endurance… My heart seems worn out and bruised beyond repair, and in my deep loneliness I often wish to be gone, but God knows best, and I want to do every ounce of work He wants me to do.
Charles Studd
A cat and a Bible, and nobody needs to be lonely.
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.
Thomas Harris
I’m not sure whether I’ve been happy. After my last book tour, I sat on my balcony with a cup of tea. I thought: ‘You can’t rewind the movie. I’ve spent more than half my life in the Middle East. There have been great moments of horror and depression and loneliness.’
Robert Fisk
The sky is one whole, the water another; and between those two infinities the soul of man is in loneliness.
Henryk Sienkiewicz
Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.
Sylvia Plath
Writing is a solitary occupation, and one of its hazards is loneliness. But an advantage of loneliness is privacy, autonomy and freedom.
Joyce Carol Oates
I am learning to see loneliness as a seed that, when planted deep enough, can grow into writing that goes back out into the world.
Kathleen Norris
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
Dalai Lama
In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.
Geoffrey Fisher
Each way means loneliness — and communion.
T. S. Eliot
The definition of the word nerd has changed. It’s now any attractive person with a hobby. The loneliness component is no longer included.
Gary Gulman
I prayed for the city to be cleared of people, for the gift of being alone—a-l-o-n-e: which is the one New York prayer that rarely gets lost or delayed in channels, and in no time at all everything I touched turned to solid loneliness.
J. D. Salinger
A writer soon discovers he has no single identity but lives the lives of all the people he creates and his weathers are independent of the actual day around him. I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen.
Carson McCullers
Poverty and loneliness could be seen as a liberation from strivings to become rich and popular.
Donald Richie
Loneliness is bred of a mind that has grown earth-bound.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The association between failure, loneliness, and solitude is so strong in our culture that people often find it difficult to believe that there are some who like being by themselves.
Suzanne Gordon
At any moment solitude may put on the face of loneliness.
May Sarton
Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.
Haruki Murakami
Words are loneliness.
Henry Miller
I said it’s a cold universe and I don’t mean that metaphorically. If you go out into space, it’s cold. It’s really cold and we don’t know what’s up there. We happen to be in this little pocket where there’s a sun. What have we got except love and each other to guard against all that isolation and loneliness?
David Chase
Your incredible brain can take you from rags to riches, from loneliness to popularity, and from depression to happiness and joy – if you use it properly.
Brian Tracy
The arctic loneliness of age.
Silas Weir Mitchell
This world that I live in is empty and cold/the loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul.
Waylon Jennings
The most evident quality of human life is its loneliness.
Austin O’Malley
We are never the same with others as when we are alone. We are different, even when we are in the dark with them.
Maurice Maeterlinck
If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.
Jules Renard
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in.
Margaret Cho
All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
Blaise Pascal
A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Charlie Chaplin
I’m supposed to be, I am an artist. Yes, I’m lonely. But I’m married to my loneliness.
Lady Gaga
I kept waiting for that loneliness and nervousness to make me want to go back. But it never did.
John Green
I felt an intense loneliness after my sister died. I was seven at the time, she was eight, and I realised after her death that she accepted me for who I was.
June Brown
Even in this world where you’re getting everything you need and having this nice life, there’s still loneliness and longing and disconnection.
Spike Jonze
There’s a difference between loneliness and solitude. You pursue solitude, I think. But loneliness is a completely different isolating thing.
Dervla Kirwan
It’s the only condition I know. Bitter Love, Loneliness, contempt for corruption, blind hope. It’s where I live. A permanent state of bereavement. This is nothing new.
Gregory Maguire
Fatigue dulls the pain, but awakes enticing thoughts of death. So! that is the way in which you are tempted to overcome your loneliness — by making the ultimate escape from life. — No! It may be that death is to be your ultimate gift to life: it must not be an act of treachery against it.
Dag Hammarskjold
I have known no experience more distressing than the discovery that Negroes didn’t love me. Unutterable loneliness claimed me. I felt without roots, like a man without a country.
Sarah-Patton Boyle
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
I’ve also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.
Yousuf Karsh
We have forgotten love, and Sat lonely beside each other. We have eaten together, Lonely behind our plates, we Have hidden behind children, We have slept together in A lonely bed. Now my heart Turns toward you, awake at last, Penitent, lost in the last Loneliness. Speak to me. Talk To me. Break the black silence.
Kenneth Rexroth
Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness.
Vladimir Nabokov
An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
Henry Miller
Perhaps one of the main antidotes to depression, lack of self-esteem, loneliness and so forth is the recognition that we really do have Buddha nature. All the other problems like anger, jealousy, ambitions, are merely habitual patterns that we’ve learned, but aren’t inherent to who we are.
Tenzin Palmo
That desert of loneliness and recrimination that men call love.
Samuel Beckett
Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems.
Rick Warren
I was trundling around with my inadequacies, and inner pain and loneliness. I yearned, desperately, to be something. I yearned to get out from where I was … some deep discontent within myself, actually some deep dislike of myself.
Anthony Hopkins
One leaf left on a branch and not a sound of sadness or despair. One leaf left on a branch and no unhappiness. One leaf left all by itself in the air and it does not speak of loneliness or death. One leaf and it spends itself in swaying mildly in the breeze.
David Ignatow
When asked “What do we need to learn this for?” any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.
David Sedaris
The loneliness of a visionary is that you might be the only one in the universe at that time who recognizes magic. I’m a magical person, and so I recognize other magical people. It takes ones to know one.
Kim Fowley
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.
Woody Allen
My plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind. I value each moment that is not spent in pain, desperation, hunger, thirst, or loneliness.
Steven Callahan
For was that all, she thought bleakly, that love ever was? Something that saved one from loneliness? A sort of insurance policy against not counting?
Sarah Waters
You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle.
Joss Whedon
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.
Rudyard Kipling