Quotes about solitude

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„Who hears music feels his solitude
Peopled at once.“

—  Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889

Balaustion's Adventure, line 323 (1871).
Source: The complete poetical works of Browning

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„Tears do not burn except in solitude.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

Source: On the Heights of Despair (1934)

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„O Lord, this earth groans and suffers; chaos has made this world its abode. The darkness is so great that Thou alone canst dispel it. Come, manifest Thyself, that Thy work may be accomplished. Solitude, a harsh, intense solitude, and always this strong impression of having been flung headlong into an inferno of darkness! … Sometimes … I cannot prevent my total sub-mission from taking a hue of melancholy, and the calm and mute converse with the Master within is transformed for a moment into an invocation almost suppliant, O Lord, what have I done that Thou throwest me thus into the sombre night?“

—  The Mother spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo 1878 - 1973

Her entry in her diary when she left Pondicherry and on the tumultuous developments in the world for the War, quoted in "Diary notes and Meeting with Sri Aurobindo" and also in IV. Diary Notes And Meeting With Sri Aurobindo http://www.motherandsriaurobindo.org/Content.aspx?ContentURL=/_staticcontent/sriaurobindoashram/-04%20Centers/India/Pondicherry/Sri%20Aurobindo%20Society/Wilfried/The%20Mother%20-%20A%20Short%20Biography/007_Diary%20Notes%20and%20Meeting%20with%20Sri%20Aurobindo.htm, p. 21

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„Solitude is the place of purification.“

—  Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965

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„Solitude was my only consolation - deep, dark, deathlike solitude.“

—  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer 1797 - 1851

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

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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„Two lovers kissing amongst the screams of midnight,
Two lovers missing the tranquility of solitude.“

—  Paul Weller (singer) English singer-songwriter, Guitarist 1958

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„Solitude is unbearable for those who can not bear themselves.“

—  John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916

Source: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 108

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