Lonely Hour: A few Quotes about Solitude

For the loners, the antisocial and the ones who invest most of their energy and time alone, I bring to you a few heartwarming and inspiring quotes to live by. I believe it's quite encouraging, these are the times in our lives when all we need to do is simply sit back, open a book and read. Perhaps, it's the same as browsing the internet for these motivating quotes. 

Nevertheless, I trust Solitude is necessary as it helps us to regain ourselves, being alone allows us to contemplate on the beauty of life as it opens it's doors to wisdom. Likewise, I've always cherished the wisdom in words, whether it comes from a stranger, a friend or a pen pal.    


"My strength is in solitude. I’m not afraid of pouring rains or great gusts of wind, for I too am the darkness of the night." — The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector
"We’re each of us alone, to be sure. What can you do but hold your hand out in the dark?" — Ursula K. Le Guin, from “Nine Lives”, in The Wind’s Twelve Quarters

"He was alone. He was unheeded, happy and near to the wild heart of life." — James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

"You once told me that the human eye is god’s loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn’t even know there’s another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty." — Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
"He has an unconditional need for solitude, to just be by himself, alone, like in his childhood, alone, as in his entire life, disturbed by no one else at all, in peace and tranquility, because this is the place where no one else sees him, where no one else hears him, because only here and now can he finally shut the door." — László Krasznahorkai, Seiobo There Below (trans. Ottilie Muzlet)

"Now I know: I’m alone. I and my freedom that I don’t know how to use. Great responsibility of solitude. Whoever isn’t lost doesn’t know freedom and love it. As for me, I own up to my solitude that sometimes falls into ecstasy as before fireworks. I am alone and must live a certain intimate glory that in solitude can become pain. And the pain, silence." — Clarice Lispector, Água Viva

"Alone. That’s the only way. [Alone]" — Virginia Woolf, The Complete Works of Virginia Woolf; Selected Diaries

"Do not worry / if you find nothing. This is what I tell myself. / Do not / worry. The search / alone is beautiful." — Omar Sakr, from “How to endure the final hours,” The Lost Arabs 



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