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Loneliness is not a fault but a condition of existence. (Ivan Albright)

Only the sea intoning, / Only the wainscot-mouse, / Only the wild wind moaning / Over the lonely house. (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

How in the world was I alone? Because I wanted to be. That's all I can say. It's all that makes sense to me. (Jay Asher)

Alone, alone, about the dreadful wood / Of conscious evil runs a lost mankind, / Dreading to find its Father. (W. H. Auden)

My art takes birth when my loneliness becomes my companion... when I take lives and deaths much personally and work when others play. When I meet myself and find that the truth of life is not the dream of tender age ... but the fire within me creates the work of art. (Jeet Aulakh)

- The Fermata...
I don't think that loneliness is necessarily a bad or unconstructive condition. My own skill at jamming time may actually be dependent on some fluid mixture of emotions, among them curiosity, sexual desire, and love, all suspended in a solvent medium of loneliness. (Nicholson Baker)

It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world's progress has come out of such loneliness. (Bruce Barton)

With all this darkness round me I feel less alone. (Samuel Beckett)

People assume artists stop working because of lack of money, but loneliness is probably just as critical a factor. (Zoe Benbow)

I think I'm Swedish because I like to live here on this island. You can't imagine the loneliness and isolation in this country. In that way, I'm very Swedish - I don't dislike to be alone. (Ingmar Bergman)

No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness. (Georges Bernanos)

Thirsty for attention is a cry of loneliness. (Toba Beta)

-My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut...
Loneliness is a state of feeling that can be changed. People may still feel lonely even among the crowd. (Toba Beta)

- b.AD 480 d.ca.AD 525...
A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven. (Boethius)

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely. (Erma Bombeck)

Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain. (Elizabeth Bowen)

At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone. (Jean de La Bruyere)

We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together. (Jean de La Bruyere)

I've never been lonely. I like myself. (Charles Bukowski)

All that poets sing, and grief hath known, of hopes laid waste, knells in that word 'alone.' (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Ah, mon cher for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. (Albert Camus)

My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely. (Truman Capote)

You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone, yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming. (Emily Carr)

Those who dwell... among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. (Rachel Carson)

- Journey to Ixtlan...
For an instant I think I saw. I saw the loneliness of man as a gigantic wave which had been frozen in front of me, held back by the invisible wall of a metaphor. (Carlos Castaneda)

-Journey to the End of the Night...
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. (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)

People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about. (Anton Chekhov)

And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. (Apsley Cherry-Garrard)

We're afraid that this anger or sorrow or loneliness is going to last forever... Instead, acting it out is what makes it last. (Pema Chodron)

Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep painters company to the end of the day. (Winston Churchill)

Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people. (Joan Collins)

The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. (Doug Coupland)

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. (Norman Cousins)

I seem forsaken and alone, / I hear the lion roar; / And every door is shut but one, / And that is Mercy's door. (William Cowper)

I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything. (Lawrence Durrell)

I am alone almost all of the time, but I am rarely lonely... it is those days where I do not paint or write or create something, that I am lonely, when I've generally been too busy with people of unlike mind and interests... (Vicki Easingwood)

- quoted as saying in Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate by Manjit Kumar...
I am truly a lone traveller and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart. (Albert Einstein)

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? (George Eliot)

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 said that being an artist is a lonely job but my paintings are my friends... sometimes my enemies. We conduct many conversations with each other. Each conversation is about how we can improve. (Gwen Fox)

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature... I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. (Anne Frank)

The price for living the life I have - for any serious, devoted person, is that at times one must live alone, or feel alone. I think loneliness is associated in many people's minds when they think about success. (Helen Frankenthaler)

Sometimes you can be lucky enough to establish a working relationship with another artist who takes away the loneliness, particularly in travel and outdoor work. (Robert Genn)

In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it. (Alberto Giacometti)

I was never less alone than while by myself. (Edward Gibbon)

My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues. (Kahlil Gibran)

-said to herself...
So be lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Most performers don't admit this, because it sounds negative and performers are not supposed to be negative, but when I was on the road, I was lonely. (Tom Glazer)

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I am not without an object in life, but I feel lonely and deserted. (Johanna van Gogh)

I create better when I'm alone. Not just alone – as no one around – but lonely... My soul is in my art and only there will you see it. (Brad Greek)

You see, the worst kind of loneliness comes to people who are, technically, not alone. (Dr. Mardy Grothe)

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. (Dag Hammarskjold)

What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear. (Dag Hammarskjold)

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. (Lorraine Hansberry)

Lonely people talking to each other can make each other lonelier. (Lillian Hellman)

There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. (Ernest Hemingway)

I think there is a kind of loneliness in a lot of them which I don't think about as the fact that I'm lonely and therefore I paint lonely pictures, but I like kind of lonely things anyhow; so if the forms express that to me, there is a certain excitement that I have about that... (Franz Kline)

Contrary to a possible first reading of loneliness and isolation, my paintings are an ode to the difficulty and ultimate beauty of life. (Jean-Claude Langer)

I'm so secluded. Very alone. (Yves Saint Laurent)

Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream, / And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream. (George Linley)

My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill. (Fiona Macleod)

Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self. (Maxwell Maltz)

All the lonely people, where do they all come from? (Paul McCartney)

You're only lonely if you're not there for you. (Phil McGraw)

To paint only for oneself is very lonely. (Adolfo McQue)

Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. (Thomas Merton)

To be an artist is a lonely life but if you are truly an artist there is nothing else like it. (Alex Millar)

An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness. (Henry Miller)

Oh, I am a lonely painter / I live in a box of paints... (Joni Mitchell)

It's the hardest thing to be alone in being satisfied with what one's done. (Claude Monet)

There might be some hours of loneliness. But there was something wonderful even in loneliness. At least you belonged to yourself when you were lonely. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air. (Pablo Neruda)

Early on, if I was alone two, three nights in a row, I'd start writing poems about suicide. (Jack Nicholson)

Man's loneliness is but his fear of life. (Eugene O'Neill)

...whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting - over and over announcing your place in the family of things. (Mary Oliver)

When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world. (Mary Oliver)

True artists are prophets. I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so lonely. (Yoko Ono)

Become aware of your aloneness - which is a reality. And it is so beautiful to experience it, to feel it, because it is your freedom from the crowd, from the other. It is your freedom from the fear of being lonely. (Osho)

-Body and Soul, 1947...
Do you know what it's like to love and be alone? (Abraham Polonsky)

Loneliness breaks the spirit. (Jewish proverb)

You see, to me, the art of music is listening to it, not playing it. The real art of it is hearing it. (Keith Richards)

Loneliness is part of our profession. Productive artists spend a lot of time alone in the studio. (Monique Sakellarios)

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. (Carl Sandburg)

Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio or looked at television. 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 work. (Carl Sandburg)

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

We are all so much together, but we are dying of loneliness. (Albert Schweitzer)

How can you feel lonely as an artist when the world is at your feet and all the answers are on the tip of your nose? (Paol Serret)

Don't think you can frighten me by telling me I am alone. France is alone; and God is alone; and what is my loneliness before the loneliness of my country and my God. (George Bernard Shaw)

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. (John Steinbeck)

A friend is a gift you give yourself. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

I was sad to leave Europe in 1890, after my student days in Germany... But then, once back in New York, I experienced an intense longing for Europe, for its vital tradition of music, theatre, art, craftsmanship... I felt bewildered and lonely. How was I to use myself? (Alfred Stieglitz)

There is in certain living souls a quality of loneliness unspeakable, so great it must be shared, as company is shared by lesser beings. Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this that in immensity there is one lonelier than you. (Theodore Sturgeon)

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. (William Styron)

If I know from the start that I'm going to be alone, I'm not lonely. It doesn't bother me. (Junichiro Tanizaki)

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. (Mother Teresa)

There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them. (Mother Teresa)

Nothing is quite as bad as being without privacy and lonely at the same time. (Alexander Theroux)

We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will. (Henry David Thoreau)

'I am alone and my spiritual journey is my experience.' This is the real experience of freedom and independence. Then we begin to see that being alone is a very beautiful thing. Nobody is obstructing our vision. We have complete panoramic vision. (Chogyam Trungpa)

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account. (Alice Walker)

I was born on a tiny cot in southwestern Massachusetts during World War II. A sickly child, I turned to photography to overcome my loneliness and isolation. (William Wegman)

A fairly lonely childhood is a good thing for an artist. (Carel Weight)

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone. (Orson Welles)

My greatest affliction... is perhaps the major theme of my writings, the affliction of loneliness that follows me like a shadow, a very ponderous shadow too heavy to drag after me all of my days and nights. (Tennessee Williams)

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone. (Tennessee Williams)

The romantic artist, off alone in his storm-battered castle, fuming whole worlds from his brain, reflects his culture's most persistent myth, of God creating from a primal loneliness. (Garry Wills)

For years I was so starved of company that it taught me to really embrace it when someone offers a different approach. (Peter Wolf)

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. (Tom Wolfe)

I wandered lonely as a cloud / That floats on high o'er vales and hills, / When all at once I saw a crowd, / A host, of golden daffodils. (William Wordsworth)

Well, being the youngest child and frail, I was left alone a great deal of the time. (Andrew Wyeth)