“Dealing with Loneliness in Solitude”

“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

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

adjective, lonely – loneliness:

1. affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.
2. destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.: a lonely exile.
3. lone; solitary; without company; companionless.
4. remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak: a lonely road.
5. standing apart; isolated: a lonely tower.


All is loneliness
Loneliness before me
– Janis Joplin

“We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness”. Albert Schweitzer

“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

“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

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

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

noun, solitude

1. the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one’s solitude.
2. remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.
3. a lonely, unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.

“Solitude is the place of purification”. Martin Buber

Silently I rest in the tall green grassand look steadily upwards.
Birds sing ceaselessly around me,and the blue of the sky surrounds me strangely.
Out here, life is at its essence,and watches the world with innocent eyes;far from grime, far from rushing peopleit seems that I have found a tiny peace.
On the blue backdrop of the unknownwater droplets trace their paths;on the sky, mortals hang on metal -but who is to know how long either will last?
The lovely white clouds glideacross the sky and into my dreams…
I feel as though I had died some time ago, now I’ll wander with the clouds through eternal space
– Peter Hammill

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character”. Stendhal

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

“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

“Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon”. Woody Allen


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