Quotations About / On:
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).)
Really to succeed, we must give; of our souls to the soulless, of our love to the lonely, of our intelligence to the dull. Business is quite as much a process of giving as it is of getting.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 6 (1928).)
The more you stay in this kind of job, the more you realize that a public figure, a major public figure, is a lonely man.
(Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. Interview with Stewart Alsop, said during his term as vice president. Quoted in Alsop, "A Talk with Nixon," appendix, Nixon and Rockefeller: A Double Portrait (1960).)
Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
(James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. "Thinking Ourselves Into Trouble," pt. 3, Collecting Himself (1989, first published 1939).)
You'll stay here with me my child, won't you? It's been so lonely without you. But you've come to me at last, haven't you? Now you'll sing for me and I'll play and we'll be together forever.
(Eric Taylor, and Leroux. Arthur Lubin. Erique Claudin (Claude Rains), Phantom of the Opera, to Christine, whom he's taken to his underground home (1943).
Adaptation by John Jacoby.)