Loneliness and Solitude

Proverbs and quotes about loneliness and solitude.

A lonely person is at home everywhere.

Russian proverb

Better be alone than in bad company.

Don’t mix with bad people.

Hiking is the best workout! You can hike for three hours and not even realize you're working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.

Jamie Luner

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.

Albert Einstein

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau

I owe my solitude to other people.

Alan Watts

I'm not anti-social. I'm pro-solitude.


If we’re all alone, then we’re all together in that too.

From the movie: P.S. I Love You.

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

Jean-Paul Sarter

In a choice between bad company and loneliness, the second is preferable.

Spanish proverb

In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.

Geoffrey F. Fisher

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

Albert Einstein

Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.

Paul Tillich

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

Mother Teresa

Loneliness breaks the spirit.

Jewish proverb

Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.

Paul Tillich

Loneliness is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is mature.

Albert Einstein

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.

Lillian Hellman

Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.

Eugene O'Neill

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.

Harold Bloom

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

Walter Benjamin

Solitude is full of God.

Serbian proverb

Tea should be taken in solitude.

C.S. Lewis

The fool needs company, the wise solitude.


The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.


The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.

Carl Sandburg

The palace leads to fame, the market to fortune, and loneliness to wisdom.

Chinese proverb

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.

Mark Twain

To live alone is the fate of all great souls.

Arthur Schopenhauer

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

George Eliot

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.

Audrey Hepburn

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

Francis Bacon