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).)
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.)
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).)
Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.
(Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 6 (1991).)
Solitude is un-American.
(Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973).)
People who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
I've always felt that complement of opposites: body and soul, solitude and companionship, and in the dance studio, contraction and release, rise and fall.
(Judith Jamison (b. 1943), African American dancer. Dancing Spirit, ch. 1 (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).)