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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer who writes, I am alone... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is very easy in the world to live by the opinion of the world. It is very easy in solitude to be self-centered. But the finished man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Oh you who have been removed from God in his solitude by the abyss of time, how can you expect to reach him without dying?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone -- when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will -- then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought -- the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do -- can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution -- then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is convincing evidence that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need. Just as humans posses a herding instinct that keeps us close to others most of the time, we also have a conflicting drive to seek out solitude. If the distance between ourselves and others becomes too great, we experience isolation and alienation, yet if the proximity to others becomes too close, we feel smothered and trapped.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the world a man lives in his own age; in solitude in all ages.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict -- girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but also clouds their view of their descendants and isolates them from their contemporaries. Each man is for ever thrown back on himself alone, and there is danger that he may be shut up in the solitude of his own heart.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) than a human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Oliver Mauro: Solitude can be a good thing. Kind of like Prozac.More [10/05/2005 12:10:00]
“Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances”More [07/02/2006 12:07:00]
Silence and solitude are more distracting to me than chatter and commotion.More [09/14/2006 12:09:00]
I always tell my students that Malcolm X came both to his spirituality and to his consciousness as a thinker when he had solitude to read. Unfortunately, tragically, like so many young black males, that solitude only came in prison.More [11/21/2007 12:11:00]
Hector Snipe:
You must admit that I was enthusiastic about your performance in Troilus and Cressida.



Edward Lionheart:
Oh, yes. Now that you mention it I remember you wrote some review.



Hector Snipe:
I remember it quite well. I wrote, "Edward Lionheart's Troilus and Cressida must be considered a theatrical triumph, and his own performance as Achilles unsurpassed."



Edward Lionheart:
A splendid review, Snipe, splendid. What else did you write?



Hector Snipe:
More in the same vein.



Edward Lionheart:
Let me refresh your memory.


[reads]



Edward Lionheart:
"Achilles unsurpassed. This is clearly Lionheart's own view. That actor's oft expressed desire for solitude is well documented. So he must feel ecstatic to know he is completely alone in his opinion of this lamentable production."

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Stuart Ullman:
When the place was built in 1907, there was very little interest in winter sports. And this site was chosen for its seclusion and scenic beauty.



Jack Torrance:
Well, it's certainly got plenty of that, ha, ha.



Stuart Ullman:
...The winters can be fantastically cruel. And the basic idea is to cope with the very costly damage and depreciation which can occur. And this consists mainly of running the boiler, heating different parts of the hotel on a daily, rotating basis, repair damage as it occurs, and doing repairs so that the elements can't get a foothold.



Jack Torrance:
Well, that sounds fine to me.



Stuart Ullman:
Physically, it's not a very demanding job. The only thing that can get a bit trying up here during the winter is, uh, a tremendous sense of isolation.



Jack Torrance:
Well, that just happens to be exactly what I'm looking for. I'm outlining a new writing project and, uh, five months of peace is just what I want.



Stuart Ullman:
That's very good Jack, because, uh, for some people, solitude and isolation can, of itself become a problem.



Jack Torrance:
Not for me.



Stuart Ullman:
How about your wife and son? How do you think they'll take to it?



Jack Torrance:
They'll love it.

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Narrator:
After 20 years, you analyze a lot. You remember people, heroism. "The Miracle of the Andes", that's what they called it. Many people come up to me and say that had they been there, they surely would have died. But it makes no sense, because until you're in a... situation like that... you... you have no idea... how you'd behave. To be affronted by solitude without decadence or a... single material thing to prostitute it elevates you to a sprititual plane, where I felt the presence of God. Now, there's the God they taught about me about at school. And there is the God that's hidden by what surrounds us in this civilization. That's the God I met on the mountain.

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Dexter:
Dee Dee, how long have known each other? Our whole lives, you say? No, in truth? Never? Or should I say, you never knew me? Because if you did, you would know I am a soul who requires peace, quiet and, most importantly, solitude. But every day, that solitude is inevitably broken by *you*.


[Dee Dee looks on nervously]



Dexter:
Which is why I called you here. Now, I know these are tough times and a dollar does not go as far as it used to, but it is time to take stock, a time for responsibility, a time for change, for as the lab grows, so do my expectations, which, quite frankly, you're not living up to, which is why I have made this tough but firm decision. Dee Dee, you're fired.



Dee Dee:
[screaming] *WHAT*!


[She is yelling and ranting at Dexter, while he simply pushes a button and a robot kicks her out of the lab and his room and down the hall and into her room]



Dee Dee:
How dare you kick me out! I'm gonna report you! I'll have your badge! I'll show you! You haven't heard the last from *Dee Dee*!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Will Sherman:
Once upon a time there lived a young man who aimed to please. He believed what was preached to him, did what he was told, and slaved day and night to win approval. It was a long and painful fall, but one glorious day, he had a revelation, the truth that would define his life. It's not that the world didn't appreciate the genius, it's that the genius didn't appreciate the world, and the people in it. After all, solitude is a whole lot nicer when you have someone to share it with. And they lived ever after, maybe even happily.

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Faye Valentine:
I tell ya, instead of being alone in a group, it's better to have real solitude all by yourself.

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Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection.More [07/27/2011 07:07:44]
I would advise you to write, my dear friend, because with your active nature, solitude is simply intolerable to you, and after some time your solitude would become perhaps attractive if you were to people it with creatures of your own fancy.More [07/30/2011 11:07:39]
There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.More [08/11/2011 06:08:21]
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. More [10/03/2011 01:10:18]
Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become.More [10/05/2011 12:10:19]
I'm pretty social so it's hard for me to find solitude, but I need to have solitude to write.More [10/07/2011 04:10:52]
Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time. And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline.More [10/13/2011 10:10:52]
Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.More [10/21/2011 10:10:36]
There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus. That's where my heart lies.More [10/25/2011 02:10:19]
There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life's expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.”More [12/03/2011 02:12:14]
Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.More [12/12/2011 02:12:51]
I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.More [03/15/2012 10:03:34]
I have maintained an extreme level of anger and solitude over peroids of my life...More [10/14/2012 11:10:53]
Ritual of Solitude works best when you practice it at the same time every day.More The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Dreams [06/21/2016 08:06:17]
It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Look, if I were alone in the world, I would have the right to choose despair, solitude and self-fulfillment. But I am not alone.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I love the solitude of being on a plane and finally getting to read an entire book and being left alone.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I needed to be in the bush. There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus. That's where my heart lies.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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