Solitude Quotes to Make You Calm

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Need some private time? These solitude quotes show the benefit of taking time to recharge and renew yourself without distractions.

Solitude is an interesting concept. Some find the idea of being alone to be daunting, isolating, and even scary.

But solitude is empowering! Learning to be alone without feeling lonely is a great way to enjoy silence and bring peace and tranquility into your thoughts and actions.

So enjoy these thoughts on solitude and refresh your outlook on life today.

Top 10 Solitude Quotes

Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man.

Walter Benjamin

In solitude I find my answers.

Kristen Butler
Umberto Eco quote "Solitude is a kind of freedom"
“Solitude is a kind of freedom.” – Umberto Eco

Some of us are born to a solitary life.

Philippa Gregory

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.


Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.

Marty Rubin

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

Omar Khayyam
Martin Buber quote "Solitude is the place of purification"
“Solitude is the place of purification.” – Martin Buber

Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

Susan Cain

Without great solitude no serious work is possible.

Pablo Picasso

Quotes about Solitude

Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness.

Leo Babauta

Solitude, in these days as much as ever, is an absolute necessity.

Leo Babauta

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.

Arthur Schopenhauer

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.

Jeanne Moreau

Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.

Deepak Chopra
Hermann Hesse solitude quote "Solitude is independence.
“Solitude is independence.” – Hermann Hesse

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you’ll find peace. In solitude you’ll remember yourself.

Robin Sharma

Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.

Paolo Coelho

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.

Liv Tyler

He who understands humanity seeks solitude.

Ali ibn Abi Talib

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.

Lao Tzu

Solitude is un-American.

Erica Jong

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another.

Octavio Paz

Life is an island in an ocean of solitude and seclusion.

Khalil Gibran
Anne Botta quote "Solitude is the audience-chamber for God"
“Solitude is the audience-chamber for God.” – Anne Lynch Botta

Solitude is like punctuation. A paragraph without periods and commas would be exhausting to read.

Arnie Kozak

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

James Russell Lowell

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude.

William Wordsworth

They simply never understand, do they, that sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth?

Charles Bukowski

It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.


Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

Edward Gibbon

Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter.

Henri Nouwen

Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life’s nothingness.

Andre Maurois
"This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude"
“This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude.” – Jean de la Bruyère

You don’t need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it.

Leo Babauta

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.

Don DeLillo

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

Francis Bacon

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

Robert Browning

Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.

Stephen Crane

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

Honore de Balzac

Solitude isn’t loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly.

Victoria Erickson

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives.

Wendell Berry

Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor play to stay.

Josh Billings

Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realise how peaceful and calm it is. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy.

Jim Carrey
Alan Watts quote "I owe my solitude to other people"
“I owe my solitude to other people.” – Alan Watts

Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.

Alfred North Whitehead

Solitude sometimes is best society.

John Milton

We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together… I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.

Helen Hayes

Solitude and Self

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

Marcus Aurelius

You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.

Louise Bourgeois

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

May Sarton

Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option.

Keanu Reeves

Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places.

A. R. Rahman

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

Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.

Nikki Rowe
"I myself am best when least in company"
“I myself am best when least in company.” – William Shakespeare

In solitude, listen to your heart, for at that moment, it speaks nothing but the truth.

Michael Bassey Johnson

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

Your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.

Rainer Maria Rilke

That is why I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul and I grow angry with everybody and fear everybody.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.

Paolo Coelho

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.

Friedrich Nietzsche

I chide society, I embrace solitude, and yet I am not so ungrateful as not to see the wise, the lovely and the noble-minded, as from time to time they pass my gate.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Michel de Montaigne

Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.

Miguel de Unamuno

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.

Elayne Boosler
Anne Lindbergh quote "It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core"
“It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Spend some time alone. There’s so much you don’t know about yourself.


Don’t fear solitude: If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. But don’t get too attached to it – it may become an addiction.

Paulo Coelho

I try to factor solitude into my life because more and more, that’s becoming a very precious and rare commodity.

Robyn Davidson

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.


Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.

Lao Tzu

In solitude one finds only what he carries there with him.

Juan Ramon Jimenez

Thinking and Solitude Quotes

Imagine a temple inside your mind, a haven from the chaos of the world. Visit often.

Marienne Williamson

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

Albert Einstein
Thomas Edison quote "The best thinking has been done in solitude"
“The best thinking has been done in solitude.” – Thomas Edison

Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one.

Frank Miller

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

Aldous Huxley

In solitude you will find yourselves, and the pure thoughts will be realized.

Brian Mellor, Joseph of Arimathea

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.

Carl Jung

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

Laurence Sterne

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.

Nikola Tesla

Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind.

Nikola Tesla

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

Criss Jami

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

Edward Gibbon

Solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude.

Mary Shelley
Lorraine Hansberry quote "Never be afraid to sit awhile and think"
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” – Lorraine Hansberry

We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.

Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude.

Octavio Paz

Solitude is the nurse of enthusiasm, and enthusiasm is the true parent of genius. In all ages solitude has been called for, has been flown to.

Benjamin Disraeli

Solitude and Growth

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Winston Churchill

I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in maturity.

Albert Einstein

In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude.

Henry David Thoreau

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Paul Newman quote "You only grow when you are alone"
“You only grow when you are alone.” – Paul Newman

Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought.

Tom Hanks

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows.

Henry David Thoreau

The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.

Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.

Albert Einstein

In solitude we realize that nothing human is alien to us.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Talent is nurtured in solitude… A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Solitude is the strength of being alone. It’s where we become our best company.

Jay Shetty

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.

Paul Brunton
Katrina Kenison quote "Solitude is the soul’s holiday"
“Solitude is the soul’s holiday.” – Katrina Kenison

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.

Albert Camus

Although the wish for solitude can be a denial of dependence, a capacity for solitude may be its fullest acknowledgment.

Adam Phillips

Give solitude a chance. You’ve got nothing to lose. And your life to gain back.

Joshua Becker

To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone.

Joseph Krutch

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.

Robert Cecil

Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

Carl Sandburg

To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do to this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.

Deepak Chopra

Solitude and Isolation

Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.

Fred Rogers

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, Man’s Search for Himself

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

George Herbert

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau
"You cannot be angry when alone"
“You cannot be angry when alone.” – Susan Cain

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

Audrey Hepburn

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 LeShan

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

Albert Einstein

A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.


I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.

Charles Bukowski

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka

In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.

Ayn Rand

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.

Henry David Thoreau

It would do the world good if every person would compel himself to often be alone. Most of the world’s progress has come from such.

Deepak Chopra

I live in solitude. I have need of solitude to do the next day’s work. I can’t be to parties where the noise tires me. I can’t speak on the telephone. I must have complete calm.

Yves Saint Laurent
Cicero quote "I am never less alone than when alone"
“I am never less alone than when alone.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude.

Robin Sharma

There’s staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least and hour every day.

Robin Sharma

We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.

Hermann Hesse

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

Oscar Wilde

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

Henry David Thoreau

I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have.

Charles Bukowski

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.

Gertrude Stein

I don’t mind being alone. I just don’t want to be part of the crowd.

Naval Ravikant

On being alone: I think it’s a good thing to do; you get to know yourself, and I think that’s the most important thing in the whole world.

Robert Paul Smith
Joseph Roux quote "Solitude vivifies; isolation kills"
“Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.” – Joseph Roux

I’ve often been with someone and wished I was alone. I’ve never been alone and wished I was not.

Derek Sivers

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

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 Tillich

We hope these solitude quotes helped you see how a little seclusion is beneficial to the mind and spirit.

Solitude is the appreciation of the the benefits of isolation, however long, and the understanding that it brings new perspective and understanding.

Being comfortable with being alone is the first step to overcoming loneliness and feeling secure in yourself. So write down a few of these quotes about solitude and enjoy some time to yourself soon.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.