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105 Being Alone Quotes To Find Joy In Moments of Solitude



In a noisy world of social media and constant notifications, finding your own time to be alone is something not to be taken lightly. There are several science-backed reasons you should find some time to yourself, primarily around your mental health and well being. It’s hard to argue against allowing your brain to rest and recharge itself from the constant dopamine hits.

For me, I’ve found it helps to create more concentration while getting more productivity in less time. The times I’ve taken for myself have helped me think more deeply and discover my own strengths and pursue new opportunities. This couldn’t have come about if I were constantly on my phone.

So while we’re all wired to connect with others, we should never feel guilt for hours or days where we’re all alone, whether at home, on the ocean or out in the forest. I hope these quotes will help you embrace moments of solitude as much as I have recently.

1. Without great solitude no serious work is possible.

Pablo Picasso

2. Sitting alone, sleeping alone, acting alone, let the diligent one enjoy the forest, taming the self alone.


3. 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


5. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau

6. All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal

7. I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.


8. 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 closets.

Charles Caleb Colton

9. I simply adore being alone – I find it a consuming thirst – and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy.

May Sarton

10. 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

11. People drain me. That’s why I embrace Silence and Solitude, I can spend days and days On my own without Any human contact, Not feeling lonely for even a moment.


12. I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.

Joshua Slocum

13. If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.

Jean Paul Sartre

14. The great virtue of being alone is that your mind can go its own way.

Andy Rooney

15. It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.


16. It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.

Marilyn Monroe

17. I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.


18. As I get older I’m more and more comfortable being alone.

Sienna Miller

19. Standing alone is better than standing with people who don’t value you.


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

Ronald Anthony

21. Sometimes life is too hard to be alone and sometimes life is too good to be alone.


22. Sometimes its better to be alone, no one can hurt you that way.

Tinku Razoria

23. Loneliness is sad, aloneness is blissful.


24. In solitude, the soundless dialogue which the soul holds with herself finally becomes audible.

Jennifer Stitt

25. When everything is lonely I can be my best friend.

Conor Oberst

26. Don’t go away. I don’t want to be alone. I can’t stand being alone.

Arnold Rothstein

27. We cannot avoid being alone, so we’d better learn to love our own company. We learn our greatest life lessons alone. We discover the truth of who we are alone.

Susan L. Taylor

28. Sometimes I feel like I just want to be alone. But what I actually want is someone to just hold me and tell me everything will be okay.


29. People think being alone is a luxury, but it’s crucial: Whatever you’re not down with about yourself gets loud and in your face.

Earl Sweatshirt

30. Being alone has a power that very few people can handle.

Steven Aitchison

31. 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

32. I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.

Amy Sedaris

33. Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.


34. “Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.

D. H. Lawrence

35. 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.


36. Being alone in nature is another way to feel the joy of beauty – and oneness with a greater whole.

Jude Bijou

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

Germaine Greer

38. I mean one of the things about being alone is that you’ve no people to define yourself off, I mean, people are like all-round mirrors, because let’s face it, we don’t often see ourselves all round in a mirror anyway, do we.

Diana Wynn Jones

39. You need to know how to be alone in order to know how to be together.

Sherry Turkle

40. Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.

Mandy Hale

41. Some people can’t stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I’m a regular talking machine. It’s all or nothing for me.

Celine Dion

42. A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.

Arthur Schopenhauer

43. Loneliness is an emotion and being alone can be a choice.


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

George Herbert

45. I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.

Augusten Burroughs

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

47. When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.

Criss Jami

48. There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.

Khalil Gibran

49. Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all the others, and if need be against all the others.

Romain Rolland

50. Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.

Charlie Chaplin

51. If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life.

Michael Josephson

52. I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.

Audrey Hepburn

53. I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Wayne Dyer

55. Truth is, I’m generally happiest when it’s just me. It’s okay to be madly in love with yourself.

Richelle E. Goodrich


57. My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.

Warsan Shire

58. Never fuck with someone who is not afraid to be alone. You will lose every single time.


59. People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.

Kim Culbertson

60. One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.

Thomas Jefferson

61. The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.

Justin Timberlake

62. Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.

Honoré de Balzac

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

Henry Rollins

64. My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.

Patricia Highsmith

65. 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

66. My favorite hobby is being alone. I like to be alone. I also like dancing, fishing, playing poker sometimes and vegetable gardening – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, I have a big garden every year.

Emanuel Steward

67. The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

Michel de Montaigne

68. In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.

Rollo May

69. Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to go and who you need to be.


70. We come alone and we leave alone. Everything else is a gift.

Michael Brandon

71. Being alone and actually sitting with our own thoughts can lead to such growth and realizations that are rare in our everyday busy lives.

Kourtney Kardashian

72. 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

73. Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.

Richard Yates

74. You keep a lot to yourself because it’s difficult to find people who understand.


75. Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.

Cheryl Strayed

76. I want someone to be afraid of losing me. No one has and I don’t think no one ever will.


77. In the quiet, unexpressed, unwrestled-through disappointments, Satan is handcrafting his most damning weapons against us and those we love. It’s his subtle seduction to get us alone with our thoughts so he can slip in whispers that will develop our disappointments into destructive choices. If the enemy can isolate us, he can influence us.

Lysa Terkeurst

78. The hardest walk you can make is alone. But it’s the walk that will make you stronger.


79. 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 Johannes Tillich

80. Lonely is not being alone, it’s the feeling that no one cares.


81. You’ve got to be fond of yourself enough to support yourself emotionally regardless of the intimate company of someone else.

Chidere Eggerue

82. The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.


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

Marcus Aurelius

84. The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.


85. Being alone with fear can rapidly turn into panic. Being alone with frustration can rapidly turn into anger. Being alone with disappointment can rapid turn into discouragement and, even worse, despair.

Mark Goulston

86. I think it’s very healty to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.

Oscar Wilde

87. Sometimes it’s better to be alone. Nobody can hurt you.


88. Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.

Alice Koller

89. Your life will get better when you realize it’s better to be alone than to chase people who don’t really care about you.


90. Learn to be alone and to like it. There is nothing more empowering or freeing than learning to like your own company.

Mandy Hale

91. It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

George Washington

92. Being courageous in solitude, without witnesses, without the prize of a consent, alone in front of oneself, requires great courage and great strength.

Milan Kundera

93. Hello, darkness, my old friend. I have to talk with you, again.


94. Leave me alone; to battle my loneliness till the time I emerged irrevocably triumphant; sprinted forward in untamed exhilaration to bask in the full fervor of life.

Nikhil Parekh

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

Norman Cousins

96. What has really happened when you feel alone is that you’ve abandoned yourself. You have stopped taking care of your own basic needs — you don’t value yourself, you don’t listen to your own thoughts, and you don’t take care of your physical, emotional, or spiritual self. This is what is causing you to feel alone. You have abandoned you.

Gregg Michaelsen

97. I don’t mind being alone. Conversation’s better.

Helen Jellicoe, Enlightened

98. We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and—in spite of True Romance magazines—we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.

Hunter S. Thompson

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

Octavio Paz

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

Audrey Hepburn

101. Which is worth more, a crowd of thousands, or your own genuine solitude? Freedom, or power over an entire nation. A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.

Jalaluddin Rumi

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

Aldous Huxley

103. Sometimes you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.


104. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.


105. Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.

Orison Swett Marden

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