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Alone

  • I have not where to lay my head; / Upon my breast no child shall lie; / For me no marriage feast is spread: / I walk alone under the sky.

  • He travels fastest who travels alone, and that goes double for she.

  • Dinner alone is one of life's pleasures.

  • Whether married or unmarried, there is an aloneness from which there is no escape. ... No one is where I am.

  • We each live in a private, distorted, individual world — stars turning in space, warmed for a moment by each other's light, then lost in infinite distance.

  • When it comes to the important things one is always alone ...

  • I simply adore being alone — I find it a consuming thirst — and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy.

    • May Sarton,
    • 1942, in Susan Sherman, ed., May Sarton: Among the Usual Days ()
  • Alone time is when I recharge and go back to my center, distancing myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own with clarity.

  • The secret to not being hurt like this again, I decided, was never depending on anyone, never needing, never loving. It is the last dream of children, to be forever untouched.

  • ... solitude is that human situation in which I keep myself company. Loneliness comes about when I am alone without being able to split up into the two-in-one, without being able to keep myself company ...

  • Don't ye know that ev'ry Soul on Earth feels itself to be an Orphan?

  • Alone, alone, oh! We have been warned about solitary vices. Have solitary pleasures ever been adequately praised? Do many people know that they exist?

  • Alone is a fact, a condition where no one else is around. Lonely is how you feel about that.

    • Twyla Tharp,
    • in Twyla Tharp with Mark Reiter, The Creative Habit ()
  • The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and find no other inspiration.

  • A solitary life cherishes mere fancies until they become manias.

  • I feel I must live alone, alone, alone — with artists only to touch the door. Every artist cuts off his ear and nails it on the outside of the door for the others to shout into.

  • After all human beings are like that. When they are alone they want to be with others and when they are with others they want to be alone ...

  • I was my own buddy in camp.

    • Joan Rivers,
    • in Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, Woman's Almanac ()
  • Widows must look for ways to keep busy, something has to get us up mornings. And keep us from taking naps afternoons.

  • Two hands are better than four sometimes.

  • For many years I used the pronoun 'we.' Now, as in my youth, I go to sleep and wake up alone.

  • Nobody, but nobody / Can make it out here alone.

    • Maya Angelou,
    • "Alone," Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well ()
  • It is a mournful thing to know that you are utterly isolated among millions of human beings; that not a drop of your blood flows in any other veins.

  • You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.

  • When my bed is empty, / Makes me feel awful mean and blue. / My springs are getting rusty, / Living single like I do.

    • Bessie Smith,
    • "Empty Bed Blues," in William Harmon, ed., The Oxford Book of American Light Verse ()
  • ... of all the deprivations which afflict humankind, none is more dreadful than loneliness. A corrosive, it eats the heart out. People were meant to live by twos, with someone close with whom to share good and bad, to hear breathing in the dark room at night. Being alone is the one unnatural act.

  • Once a month I wake in the night, slippery with terror. I'm afraid, not because there's someone in the room, in the dark, in the bed, but because there isn't. I'm afraid of the emptiness, which lies beside me like a corpse.

  • I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be let alone.' There is all the difference.

  • I wonder if living alone makes one more alive. No precious energy goes in disagreement or compromise. No need to augment others, there is just yourself, just truth — a morsel — and you.

  • I feel most real when alone, even most alive when alone. Better to say that the liveliness of companionship and the liveliness of solitude differ, and the latter is never as exhausting as the former.

  • A solitary being is by instinct a wanderer ...

  • Everyone was alone, when you admitted it honestly; life was a flood that rushed on whether you sank from sight in the current or continued to swim.

  • Once you have lived with another it is a great torture to have to live alone.

  • She was alone in the way that one can only be when pain is involved.

  • Being alone and liking it is, for a woman, an act of treachery, an infidelity far more threatening than adultery.

  • ... 'tis a good deal more tryin' to be tied to folks you don't like than 'tis to be alone.

  • From birth to death we are alone ...

  • Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding, / Too eager tenderness. / The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.

  • You have gone down your new road without me ...

  • [He] stood listening in that peculiar state of tension which everyone feels when they call and are not answered.

  • Aloneness, like life, becomes more interesting when you realize it's a present.

  • To be alone is to be free, and freedom was the only happiness accessible to my nature.

  • All at once he was choked by a sharp and alien compassion — though he was not a stranger to pity — both for himself and the others with whom he shared his world. It was a world in which no one truly communicated with another, and in this lay the greatest sorrow. Not even love made a common language.

  • I have never, in all my life, been so odious as to regard myself as 'superior' to any living being, human or animal. I just walked alone — as I have always walked alone.

  • Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily. That is precisely the goal of solitude, to be all one.

  • We feel like strangers on our own streets. Where we should feel the safest, we rather feel that no one would help us if we were in trouble, that what happens to us, whether good or bad, makes no difference to the world around us — that we make no difference.

  • To be alone is to be different, to be different is to be alone ...

  • What a lovely surprise to finally discover how un-lonely being alone can be.

  • Remember, we're all in this alone.

  • ... no one in a group of three is the same person he (she, it) is in a group of two. No more than he is the same in a group of two as he is alone.

    • Rose Wilder Lane,
    • 1928, in William Holtz, ed., Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane: Forty Years of Friendship ()
  • The Moon and Pleiades have set, / Midnight is nigh, / The time is passing, passing, yet / Alone I lie.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments ()
  • I'll be forgotten? That is really nothing. / I have been forgotten a hundred times, / A hundred times I have lain in my coffin, / I may be dead and buried even now.