Quotations About / On: LONELY

  • 31.
    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).)
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  • 32.
    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.)
  • 33.
    I have at last, after several months' experience, made up my mind that [New York] is a splendid desert—a domed and steepled solitude, where the stranger is lonely in the midst of a million of his race.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Daily Alta California (June 5, 1867). Mark Twain's Travels with Mr. Brown, ch. 25, eds. Franklin Walker and G. Ezra Dane, Knopf (1940).)
  • 34.
    Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. address recorded for the Nobel Prize Committee, Dec. 10, 1954, accepting the Nobel Prize for literature. Published in Carlos Baker, Hemingway: the Writer as Artist, ch. 13, third edition (1963).)
  • 35.
    The twentieth-century artist who uses symbols is alienated because the system of symbols is a private one. After you have dealt with the symbols you are still private, you are still lonely, because you are not sure anyone will understand it except yourself. The ransom of privacy is that you are alone.
    (Louise Bourgeois (b. 1911), U.S. sculptor. As quoted in Lives and Works, by Lynn F. Miller and Sally S. Swenson (1981).)
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  • 36.
    A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
    (John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Sixties," 1966 entry, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).)
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  • 37.
    And now in one hour's time I'll be out there again. I'll raise my eyes and look down that corridor four feet wide with ten lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.
    (Colin Welland (b. 1934), British screenwriter. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), Chariots of Fire, before running in the Olympics (1981).)
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  • 38.
    That is what all poets do: they talk to themselves out loud; and the world overhears them. But it's horribly lonely not to hear someone else talk sometimes.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Marchbanks, in Candida, act 2.)
  • 39.
    If thou fill thy brain with Boston and New York, with fashion and covetousness, and wilt stimulate thy jaded senses with wine and French coffee, thou shalt find no radiance of wisdom in the lonely waste of the pinewoods.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 40.
    As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
    (Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author, poet. Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, vol. 3, ch. 1 (1976).)
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