Alone Quotes

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How are you with your own council? These alone quotes show the advantages and disadvantages to being and feeling alone.

Spending time alone can be a paradoxical experience. We’ve had experiences where we were totally alone, yet never felt lonely. We may have also had our loneliest moments when surrounded by other people.

So what’s behind the emotion of loneliness that gets so confusing? The alone quotes below explain how to deal with being alone and how to overcome loneliness, whether you’re by yourself or not.

Top 10 Alone Quotes

Eventually, we all end up alone.

Ally Carter

I had been alone more than I could have been had I gone by myself.

Sylvia Plath
Leonardo da Vinci quote "If you are alone, you belong entirely to yourself"
“If you are alone, you belong entirely to yourself.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.

Guillermo Maldonado

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If you smile when you are alone then you really mean it.

Andy Rooney

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Arthur Schopenhauer "To live alone is the fate of all great souls"
“To live alone is the fate of all great souls.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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

George Washington

Find company within yourself and you’ll never spend a day alone.

Connor Chalfant

Alone Quotes

An important note to make is that it’s possible to be alone without feeling alone. Many people, including renowned thinkers and achievers, have enjoyed the solace of time to themselves.

Although too much time alone can be isolating, sometimes it can help us regain focus and clarity. We may even get to know ourselves better when we’re all we have.

The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.

Mitch Albom

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.

Amit Ray

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

Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.

Marty Rubin

No one is ever alone and silence does not equate defeat.

Joan Ambu

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.

Robin Williams,
Worlds Greatest Dad
Dalia Lama quote "Spend some time alone every day"
“Spend some time alone every day.” – Dalai Lama

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

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

Blaise Pascal

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

It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.

Marilyn Monroe

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Audrey Hepburn

If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone.

Richard Yates

And if you couldn’t be loved, the next best thing was to be let alone.

L.M. Montgomery

To be alone with yourself is to be alone. To be in the company of others is to be alone together. The only time you are not alone is when you forget yourself and reach out in love.

Vera Nazarian

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
Jennova Chen quote "We are all born alone and die alone"
“We are all born alone and die alone.” – Jenova Chen

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 

Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.

Charlie Chaplin

Being solitary is being alone well—being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others.

Alice Koller

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

Oscar Wilde

If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts.

Thomas Merton

But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.

Bell Hooks

Being Alone Quotes

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

Steven Aitchison

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Ellen Burstyn 

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

Sienna Miller

Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.

Robert Tew
Ann Landers quote "It is far better to be alone than to wish you were"
“It is far better to be alone than to wish you were.” – Ann Landers

Being alone with your feelings is the worst because you have nowhere to run. They’re here, dancing in your mind, and all you can do is handle.

Aisha Shirley

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

Richard Yates

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.

Eda J. LeShan

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.

Celine Dion

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

Justin Timberlake

I’m not much but I’m all I have.

Philip K. Dick

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

Andy Rooney 

A lot of people don’t like being alone because they truly don’t like themselves but I love me.

Gene Simmons

All men’s misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

Jean de La Bruyère

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
"Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy"
“Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy.” – Michael Josephson

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

Mandy Hale

There is a certain strength in being alone.

Heather Duffy Stone

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

For fear you will be alone, you do so many things that aren’t you at all.

Richard Brautigan

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

George herbert

Feeling Alone Quotes

There are worse things than feeling alone. Things like being with someone and still feeling alone.

M.W Poetry

A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.

Mandy Hale

There were people everywhere but no one was mine, and I was no one’s.

Gregory Maguire

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

Vicki Baum

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller
"To be alone is to be different and to be different is to be alone"
“To be alone is to be different and to be different is to be alone.” – Suzanne Gordon

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

Ronald Anthony Cross

We live as we dream – alone. While the dream disappears, the life continues painfully.

Joseph Conrad,
Heart of Darkness

Sometimes being surrounded by everyone is the loneliest, because you’ll realize you have no one to turn to.


Always remember that you were once alone, and the crowd you see in your life today are just as unnecessary as when you were alone.

Michael Bassey Johnson

All these people moving through life, all around me, and no one, not a single person, knows what I’m going through.

Lee Thompson

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

Anthony Burgess

When the world makes me feel like I am alone, love reminds me otherwise.

Steve Maraboli

Standing Alone

It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Michel de Montaigne

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.

Pearl S. Buck
Henrik Ibsen quote "The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone"
“The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.” – Henrik Ibsen

The only way to survive is to admit you are on your own, learn to make your own decisions, and trust your judgement.

Robert Greene

There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.

Mandy Hale

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.

Thema Davis

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.

Wendell Berry

Lonely Quotes

Despite the benefits of a little alone-time now and then, the reverse is feeling lonely. But being lonely is a natural part of life we all have to deal with at some point.

We often feel lonely when apart from loved ones, after relationships have ended, or when we’re alone for long periods. However, there are several things to do when you feel lonely that will help you cope with it and get back on track.

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.

Douglas Coupland

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

It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.

Joel Osteen

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

Jules Renard
"All great and precious things are lonely"
“All great and precious things are lonely.” – John Steinbeck

If one’s different one’s bound to be lonely.

Aldous Huxley

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Ellen Burstyn 

You’re only lonely if you’re not there for you.

Phil McGraw

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.

Erma Bombeck

I learned that day that there is no more lonely state than being in a lonely marriage.

Julie Metz

The Internet is for lonely people. People should live.

Charleton Heston

We live in such a lonely world because most days we wake up and decide to marry no one but ourselves.

Christopher Poindexter

A life without a lonely place, that is, without a quiet center, becomes destructive.

Henri Nouwen

One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can’t.

Kyrie Irving

I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it’s good for me

Louisa May Alcott,
Little Women
Haruki Murakami quote "I’m all alone but I’m not lonely"
“I’m all alone but I’m not lonely.” – Haruki Murakami

You’ll end up living a lonely life if you’re waiting around for perfect.

Samantha Young

Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.

Margaret Thatcher

I’ve also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.

Yousuf Karsh

Feeling Lonely

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

Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.

Charlotte Eriksson,
You’re Doing Just Fine

Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself.

Sanober Khan

People may still feel lonely even among the crowd.

Toba Beta

There are people who like to be alone without feeling lonely at all.

Toba Beta

When everything is lonely I can be my best friend.

Conor Oberst
Toni Morrison quote "Lonely was much better than alone"
“Lonely was much better than alone.” – Toni Morrison

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

Jean-Paul Sartre

When a man is one of a kind, he will be lonely wherever he is.

Louis L’Amour

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.

Lorraine Hansberry

When you learn how to be alone you’ll discover the difference between alone and lonely.

L.J. Vanier

Loneliness Quotes

Loneliness happens to everyone, but the following loneliness quotes show how this emotion can spur us on to better ones.

Loneliness may even be an emotion that guides us to being more appreciative of good times and better able to recognize them.

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

Henry Rollins

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.

Paul Tillich

When I get lonely these days, I think: So Be lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness.

Janet Fitch
"There’s nothing abnormal about loneliness"
“There’s nothing abnormal about loneliness.” – Paula Stokes

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

My inspirations are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.

Enrique Iglesias

If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.

Sharon Salzberg

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

Martha Beck

The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.

Deb Caletti

Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.

Eugene O’Neill

My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.

Khalil Gibran

We can all fight against loneliness by engaging in random acts of kindness.

Gail Honeyman

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

Mary Balogh

I’ve noticed that loneliness gets stronger when we try to face it down, but gets weaker when we simply ignore it.

Paolo Coelho
"The surest sign of age is loneliness"
“The surest sign of age is loneliness.” – Annie Dillard

You do not have to be alone. The world never inflicts loneliness upon us. That is something we choose or reject by ourselves.

Darren Shan

Loneliness is painful. But suffering is not wrong in and of itself. It’s part of the human experience, and in a way brings us closer to all people.

Juliette Fay

I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time.

Henry Rollins

There is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock.

Charles Bukowski

Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.

Paul Tillich

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

Dag Hammarskjold

Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.

Haruki Murakami

Yes there is joy fulfillment and companionship—but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.

Sylvia Plath

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

Mother Teresa

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

Albert Schweitzer
George Eliot quote "What loneliness is more lonely than distrust"
“What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?” – George Eliot

There are two kinds of loneliness: one you feel you are all alone; the other you feel in a crowded room, when you realize you are the only person who knows what it’s like to be you.


Loneliness is like being the only person left alive in the universe, except that everyone else is still here.

Simon Van Booy

Loneliness is a state of feeling that can be changed.

Toba Beta

Loneliness is the prison of the human spirit. When we are lonely, we pace back and forth in small, shut-in worlds.

John Joseph Powell

The worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood. It can make people lose their grasp on reality.

Shyza Chaudhry

Loneliness ends with love.

Al Lerner

Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.

Joss Whedon

This world that I live in is empty and cold. The loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul.

Waylon Jennings, I Tremble for You

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

Germaine Greer

We hope these loneliness quotes gave you a new perspective on being alone, and showed you how to do so without feeling lonely.

Loneliness is an emotion we all have to face in life, but there is a positive side to it. Sometimes spending time by ourselves can be good for us! We get a chance to know ourselves better, center our thoughts, and think about what (and who) really matters to us.

So next time you feel alone, remember you’re still with good company and take advantage of that. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer and researcher with an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring ideas and tips that help people learn, gro, and inspire others.