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One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict - girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

Secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Solitude and company may be allowed to take their turns: the one creates in us the love of mankind, the other that of ourselves; solitude relieves us when we are sick of company, and conversation when we are weary of being alone, so that the one cures the other. There is no man so miserable as he that is at a loss how to use his time.

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.

Solitude has but one disadvantage; it is apt to give one too high an opinion of one's self. In the world we are sure to be often reminded of every known or supposed defect we may have.

Solitude is a good school, but the world is the best theatre; the institution is best there, but the practice here; the wilderness hath the advantage of discipline, and society opportunities of perfection.

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

Solitude is sometimes best society, and short retirement urges sweet return.

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.

Solitude shows us what we should be; society shows us what we are.

Solitude, seeming a sanctuary, proves a grave; a sepulchre in which the living lie, where all good qualities grow sick and die.

Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars. He who would inspire and lead his race must be defended from traveling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions.

That which happens to the soil when it ceases to be cultivated, happens to man himself when he foolishly forsakes society for solitude; the brambles grow up in his desert heart.

The horror of uncreative solitude..... See quote detail

The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed everything generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it in the shades of privacy.

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; there is a rapture on the lonely shore; there is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.


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