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

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
The best thinking has been done in solitude.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.
Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.
An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.
Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.
No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.
In solitude, where we are least alone.
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity.
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude.
The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly; to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.
Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous- to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
There is convincing evidence that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need. Just as humans posses a herding instinct that keeps us close to others most of the time, we also have a conflicting drive to seek out solitude. If the distance between ourselves and others becomes too great, we experience isolation and alienation, yet if the proximity to others becomes too close, we feel smothered and trapped.
Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.
Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio, or looked at a TV They had loneliness and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would mark.
Solitude is the despair of fools, the torment of the wicked, and the joy of the good.
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.
Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself: see what thy soul doth wear. Dare to look in thy chest; for 'Tis thine own: And tumble up and down what thou findst there. Who cannot rest till he good fellows find, he breaks up house, turns out of doors his mind.

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