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101 Loneliness Quotes

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

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.

Mother Teresa

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I've got everything I need except a man. And I'm not one of those women who thinks a man is the answer to everything, but I'm tired of being alone.

Unknown

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.

Dag Hammarskjold

It's so lonely when you don't even know yourself.

Unknown

It's getting to the point where I am no fun anymore, I am sorry. / Sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud, ' I am lonely.' / I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are, you make it hard.

David Crosby

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

Henry Rollins

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

Loneliness is about the scariest thing there is.

Unknown

When we truly realize that we are all alone is when we need others the most.

Ronald Anthony

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

T.S. Eliot

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.

Eric Hoffer

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

Albert Einstein

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.

Mother Teresa

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

Germaine Greer

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

Cyril Connolly

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.

Joseph Conrad

Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.

Maya Angelou

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

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.

Octavio Paz

Remember we're all in this alone.

Lily Tomlin

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.

Thomas Wolfe

Loneliness is the first thing which God's eye named, not good.

John Milton

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

Loneliness accepted becomes a gift leading one from a life dominated by tears to the discovery of one's true self and finally to the heart of longing and the love of God.

Unknown

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

I have friends who I get along with who I know get very uncomfortable being alone, unless they're with people, talking all the time. Whether it's on the phone, or in person, they're never by themselves. Whereas I could be alone for months.

Viggo Mortensen

If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.

Jules Renard

It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world's progress has come out of such loneliness.

Bruce Barton

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

Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.

Milan Kundera

Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.

Abigail Van Buren

When the sparrow sings its final refrain, the hush is felt nowhere more deeply than in the heart of man.

Don Williams

I have ever since (his wife's death) seemed to myself broken off from mankind; a kind of solitary wanderer in the wild of life, without any direction, or fixed point of view: a gloomy gazer on the world to which I have little relation.

Samuel Johnson

Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.

James Dean

A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.

John Cheever

All we ask is to be let alone.

Jefferson Davis

Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.

Joan Collins

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?

Epictetus

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

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.

Thomas Wolfe

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.

Mark Twain

No matter how lonely you get or how many birth announcements you receive, the trick is not to get frightened. There's nothing wrong with being alone.

Wendy Wasserstein

To be alone is to be different, to be different is to be alone.

Suzanne Gordon

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.

Sir Philip Sidney

People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about.

Anton Checkov

Separate we come, and separate we go, And this be it known, is all that we know.

Conrad Aiken

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.

Thomas Wolfe

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.

Norman Cousins

The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.

Friedrich Nietszche

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.

Doug Coupland

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

Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.

Vicki Baum

Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room.

Doug Coupland

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

Dag Hammarskjold

Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the conditions of a writer's life.

Jerzy Kosinski

Hollywood is loneliness beside the swimming pool.

Liv Ullmann

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

I believe a lot of disease comes from anxiety, loneliness.

Tom Cochrane

I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything.

Lawrence Durrell

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

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

Germaine Greer

Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.

Martha Beck

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell

Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.

Thomas Harris

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.

Eric Hoffer

We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.

Albert Schweitzer

We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer 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

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

Writing is an antidote for loneliness.

Steven Berkoff

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

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.

Indra Devi

You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one.

Theodore Sturgeon

One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.

Elbert Hubbard

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

Wayne Dyer

There is none more lonely than the man who loves only himself.

Abraham Ibn Esra

I was never less alone than when by myself.

Edward Gibbon

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

Be good and you will be lonely.

Mark Twain

Loneliness is part of being human. It reminds us that we are not complete in ourselves.

David Runcorn

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

J.Newton

There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.

John O'Donohue

The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.

Alan Lightman (Einstein's Dreams)

The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself.

Mary Balogh (No Man's Mistress)

It's only natural to feel lonely after the enjoyable moments pass. But as you experience new joys those feelings of sorrow will start to fade.

Mizu Sahara

You'll never be lonely if you learn to befriend yourself.

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Feeling lonely and ignoble indicates that you haven't been patient.

Mevlana Rumi

Solitude is a condition of peace that stands in direct opposition to loneliness. Loneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you. It is a condition of separateness. Solitude is becoming one with the space around you. It is a condition of union. loneliness is small, solitude is large. loneliness closes in around you; solitude expands toward the infinite. loneliness has its roots in words, in an internal conversation that nodbody answers; solitude has it's roots in the great silence of eternity.

Kent Nerburn

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.

Aristotle

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

There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.

Dante

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

David Foster Wallace

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There's nothing terribly wrong with feeling lost, so long as that feeling precedes some plan on your part to actually do something about it. Too often a person grows complacent with their disillusionment, perpetually wearing their "discomfort" like a favorite shirt.

Jhonen Vasquez

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

Life dies inside a person when there are no others willing to be-friend him. He thus gets filled with emptiness and a non-existent sense of self-worth.

Mark R. J. Lavoie

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

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

Paul Valery

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.

Stephen King

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