Quotations About / On:
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
(Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Don Quixote, in "Prologue," Camino Real.)
It's a dismally lonely business, writing.
(Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), African American fiction writer. As quoted in Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1985).)
Even cats grow lonely and anxious.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
The higher one climbs the lonelier one is.
(Mary Barnett Gilson (1877-?), U.S. factory personnel manager, economist, and educator. What's Past is Prologue, ch. 19 (1940).)
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 44 (1872).)
The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Being prime minister is a lonely job.... you cannot lead from the crowd.
(Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British politician; Prime Minister (1979-1990). The Downing Street Years, ch. 1 (1993).)
Sometimes people who are never alone are the loneliest, don't you think so?
(A.I. (Albert Isaac) Bezzerides, U.S. screenwriter, and Nicholas Ray. Mary Malden (Ida Lupino), On Dangerous Ground, to Detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) (1952).
Based on an adaptation of Gerald Butler's novel "Mad With Much Heart" by Bezzerides and Nicholas Ray (1911-1979).)
By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.
(Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Simple Simon," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)
What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?
(Robert Earl Hayden (1913-1980), U.S. poet. Those Winter Sundays (l. 13-14). . .
Collected Poems [Robert Hayden]. Frederick Glaysher, ed. (1985) Liveright.)