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Solitude can be used well by very few people.
by Abraham Cowley

Solitude can be used well by very few people.
They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it,
and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
- Abraham Cowley

His faith perhaps in some nice tenets might be wrong;
his life,
I'm sure, was always in the right.
- Abraham Cowley

God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
- Abraham Cowley

Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
- Abraham Cowley

 

Curiosity does, no less than devotion,
pilgrims make.
- Abraham Cowley

Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.
- Abraham Cowley

Life is an incurable disease.
- Abraham Cowley

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The world's a scene of changes, and to be constant,
in nature were inconstancy.
- Abraham Cowley

Nothing is to come, and nothing past:
But an eternal now,
does always last.
- Abraham Cowley

Hope!
of all ills that men endure, the only cheap and universal cure.
- Abraham Cowley

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy,
for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Balance activity with serenity,
wealth with simplicity,
persistence with innovation,
community with solitude,
familiarity with adventure,
constancy with change,
leading with following.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions;
it is easy in solitude to live after your 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

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

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
- Albert Einstein

I have never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
We are for the most part more lonely
when we go abroad among men
than when we stay in our chambers.
A man thinking or working is always alone,
let him be where he will.
- Henry David Thoreau

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

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

Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude.
It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
- Louis Aragon

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

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
- Publilius Syrus

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
- Stendhal

I owe my solitude to other people.
- Alan Watts

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection
to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
- Barbara de Angelis

Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.
- Kevin Patterson

I was thinking, too, of Superman and his fortress of solitude.
- Michael Chabon

Violent passions are formed in solitude.
In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
- Henry Home

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that
which is salutary for his soul,
for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
- Guru Nanak

Imagination, the traitor of the mind,
has taken my solitude and slain it.
- Robinson Jeffers

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone,
gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
- Paul Valery

There's a difference between solitude and loneliness.
I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.
- Tom Hanks

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

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude
expresses the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Only in solitude do we find ourselves;
and in finding ourselves,
we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
- Miguel de Unamuno

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
- Liv Tyler

But the delights of solitude don't only consist of dreaming.
Next in enjoyment, I think, comes planning.
- Anna Neagle

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
- Mason Cooley

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room
is something no power can easily destroy.
- Salman Rushdie

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future.
Rather, it is a deepening of the present,
and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
- Thomas Merton

I don't mind solitude.
I love talking to other people, but I do need my space.
- Iris Chang

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people:
that each protects the solitude of the other.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world,
and droop.
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
how gracious, how benign in solitude.
- William Wordsworth

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

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of
the night without thinking that the night pleases us
because it suppresses idle details,
just as our memory does.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Solitude is un-American.
- Erica Jong

Do your work for six years; but in the seventh,
go into solitude or among strangers,
so that the memory of your friends does not hinder
you from being what you have become.
- Leo Szilard

Silence and solitude are more distracting to me than chatter and commotion.
- Marilu Henner

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space,
eternity, life and death.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
- Sydney Smith

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.
- Jeremy Collier

The conductor's stand is not a continent of power,
but rather an island of solitude.
- Riccardo Muti

It's hard to spend years at a time working in total
solitude with no reality-check.
- Russell Banks

We need society, and we need solitude also,
as we need summer and winter, day and night,
exercise and rest.
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton

From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and
starts a diary that is lethal to the inert.
The dark landscape yields a dialogue.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

I really do work in solitude.
- Donna Tartt

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends,
rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
- William Powell


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