Quotations About / On:
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
(Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. Address, March 1990, Centenary College of Louisiana. New York Times (March 11, 1990).)
Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe.
(Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, ch. 40 (1955).)
Just as I shall lie alone in the grave, so, in essence, do I live alone.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 86, "Nauka" (1980).)
You have to be taught to leave us alone. Leave us alone.
(Stirling Silliphant (b. 1918), U.S. screenwriter, and Wolf Rilla. David Zellaby (Martin Stephens), Village of the Damned, speaking to his uncle about himself and the other alien children (1960).)
I want to be alone ... I just want to be alone.
(William A. Drake, screenwriter, and Edmund Goulding. Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo), in Grand Hotel (film) (1932).
The phrase was associated with Garbo although she claims never to have said it word for word: "I only said I want to be let alone." In the movie The Single Standard, she spoke the line: "I am walking alone because I want to be alone.")
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 (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Quoted in Henry Jaglom, Someone to Love (1985).
Definition of loneliness contributed by Welles to author.)
Life's an awfully lonesome affair.... 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 (1871-1945), Canadian artist. "The Elephant," entry for July 16, 1933, Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr (1966).)
People who live alone always have something on their minds that they would willingly share.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in About Love, Works, vol. 10, p. 67, "Nauka" (1976).)
The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
(Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. "On Coalition Government," vol. 3, April 24, 1945, Selected Works.)
Rome alone can resist Rome.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Viriate, in Sertorius, act 3, sc. 1 (1662).
Viriate argues that only Roman citizens can defeat the tyranny that reigns there.)