Quotations About / On:
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.)
Lonely people keep up a ceaseless flow of commentary on themselves.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Alone, lonely people talk to themselves. In company, they often continue.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
The most comfortable prison is still a lonely place.
(Kenneth Kolb. Nathan Juran. Genie (Richard Eyer), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, explaining why he wants to be free (1958).)
Lonely people console themselves with self-absorption or curiosity.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 150, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs so loud, or than Walden Pond itself. What company has that lonely lake, I pray?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 152, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)