There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
There are times when you seek your solitude, and your solitude just wants to be left alone.
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.
Alone, I am drunk on my thoughts; in company, I am sober again.
Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe.
I am as one who is left alone at a banquet, the lights dead and the flowers faded.
Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.
Only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.
Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future.
Silence and solitude are more distracting to me than chatter and commotion.
Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.
I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
Haughtiness lives under the same roof with solitude.
If the mind loves solitude, it has thereby acquired a loftier character, and it becomes still more noble when the taste is indulged in.
That which happens to the soil when it ceases to be cultivated by the social man happens to man himself when he foolishly forsakes society for solitude; the brambles grow up in his desert heart.
Luther deters me from solitariness; but he does not mean from a sober solitude that rallies our scattered strengths and prepares us against any new encounter from without.
Man forms himself in his own interior, and nowhere else.
Nothing is achieved without solitude.
The life of a solitary man will be certainly miserable, but not certainly devout.
The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed everything generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it in the shades of privacy.
Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself.
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