The Wisdoms Project


Aloneness


I like being with people….in small groups….on a regular basis, but not on a constant basis.  I also like being alone. I like my privacy when I can let my thoughts roam and just enjoy my senses myself.  I never get lonely.  Oh, I like to share my experiences with those I love, my friends and acquaintances….but I also love to be alone.  Times of quiet privacy and me-alone activities are important to me.  These times seem to nourish me.


If you are lonely while you are alone, you are in bad company.
    Jean-Paul Sartre

The herd may graze where it pleases or stampede where it pleases, but those who live the adventurous life will remain unafraid when they find themselves alone.
Raymond Fosdick

It is a great misfortune to be incapable of enjoying solitude.

    Jean de la Bruyere

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do
on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Being alone is a markedly different experience than being lonely.

No one is ever completely alone.
When all is said and done….
….you always have yourself.
George Carlin

Solitude is enjoying the richness of self.
Loneliness is facing the poverty of self.
    May Sarton

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant.
The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.

One of my most companionable companions is solitude.
    Henry David Thoreau

Language has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone and the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.
    Paul Tillich

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell that it was fine.
    Honore de Balzac

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself
 than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
    Henry David Thoreau

It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau
    who lived beside a pond, but didn't own water skis or a volleyball net.

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
    Thomas Carlyle

Listen to the sounds of silence.
Paul Simon

Sky, be my depth;
Wind, be my width and my height;
World, my heart's span;
Aloneness, wings for my flight.

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown
….for going out, I found, was really going in.
    John Muir

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


You must have a sense of self-completeness, of autonomy, of independence, or, if you will, of confident solitude. It is only after you establish for yourself that you don't need anyone else in an emotional way that you can then build strong, healthy and durable relationships with all the other people in your life.