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Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

In the world a man lives in his own age; in solitude in all ages.
The strong man is strongest when alone.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
A writer who writes, I am alone... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.
This great misfortune -- to be incapable of solitude.
The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One's stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.
Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.
Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favorable to virtue. Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.
If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.
Though the most beautiful creature were waiting for me at the end of a journey or a walk; though the carpet were of silk, the curtains of the morning clouds; the chairs and sofa stuffed with cygnet's down; the food manna, the wine beyond claret, the window opening on Winander Mere, I should not feel --or rather my happiness would not be so fine, as my solitude is sublime.
Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict -- girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.
Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the 'murderous din of our materialism'.
The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.
A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
What call thou solitude? Is not the earth with various living creatures, and the air replenished, and all these at thy command to come and play before thee?
We are all prone to the malady of the introvert who, with the manifold spectacle of the world spread out before him, turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within. But let us not imagine there is anything grand about the introvert's unhappiness.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
You have already failed if you need a lot of inspectors.
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 in solitude.
I'm still the little southern girl from the wrong side of the tracks who really didn't feel like she belonged.
We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.
In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?
In solitude, be a multitude to thyself. Tibullus by all means use sometimes to be alone.
A man by himself is in bad company.
O Solitude! If I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap of murky buildings
Two Paradises t'were in one, to live in Paradise alone.

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