Quotations About / On: SOLITUDE
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
(Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. "A Night Among the Pines," Travels With a Donkey (1879).)
'In all typical cases, self-possession lies between solitude and fame.'
(- -Nathan Coppedge, August 2016)
Learn to live in solitude first before accepting the company of others
Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Célimène, in The Misanthrope, act 5, sc. 4 (1666).
Célimène refuses to move from Paris to the country.)
People who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
(Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Politics, bk. 1, ch. 2, sct. 1253a, trans. by Francis Bacon, Essays, "Of Friendship" (1597-1625).)
Solitude would be an ideal state if one were able to pick the people one avoids.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. "Miscellaneous Fragments," On Love (1822).)
Solitude begets whimsies.
(Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, July 19, 1759. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).)