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This fear of being alone is natural, we all have felt it at some point in our lives. And when we did, we decided not to feel like that again.

The fear of being alone is the cause of our daily misery. By trying to avoid this fear we often engage in activities we don’t like.

We spend time with people who drain us of the last drop of energy, we end up with somebody who is not good for us.

Because we fear to be without a partner, friends or family. This thought is almost terrifying to some.

Furthermore, this feeling of being alone can eat you inside up, won’t let you sleep, will bring up old memories and regrets.

This is why so many avoid alone time.

But there is something people need to understand: being alone is essential for happiness.

It might sound like a paradox now, but once you’ve recognized the power behind the alone time, you know.

A different perspective

Instead of seeing aloneness as cold, depressing, and scary, try to see in it an opportunity to grow, to get out of your comfort zone, and to get to know yourself better.

How much time are you spending with yourself, really? You might be tempted to say a lot, but exclude the hours in front of the TV, scrolling on social media, or playing on your phone.

I’m talking about quality time. Do you know who you are? Can you accept and live with yourself? Do you know what your strengths are? Do you take care of your needs as you take care of other’s needs?

This is nothing to fear, but to celebrate.

Embrace the feeling of being alone, don’t fear it. Being alone can be fun, interesting, beautiful.

Feeling alone quotes

We collected a series of Felling alone quotes that you can read when spending quality time with yourself.

Who better than the poets can describe loneliness?

5 Feeling alone quotes

1.      “Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

― Jodi Picoult

2.      “I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!”

Charles Bukowski

3.      “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

4.      “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

5.      “Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”

― Douglas Coupland

15 Feeling alone quotes

1.   “I feel too much. That’s what’s going on.’ ‘Do you think one can feel too much? Or just feel in the wrong ways?’ ‘My insides don’t match up with my outsides.’ ‘Do anyone’s insides and outsides match up?’ ‘I don’t know. I’m only me.’ ‘Maybe that’s what a person’s personality is: the difference between the inside and outside.’ ‘But it’s worse for me.’ ‘I wonder if everyone thinks it’s worse for him.’ ‘Probably. But it really is worse for me.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

2. “sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love”

― Gabriel García Márquez

3.   “We live as we dream–alone….”

― Joseph Conrad

4.    “When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”

― Fiona Apple

5.    “I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the stuff out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.”

― Augusten Burroughs

6.    “But even so, every now and then I would feel a violent stab of loneliness. The very water I drink, the very air I breathe, would feel like long, sharp needles. The pages of a book in my hands would take on the threatening metallic gleam of razor blades. I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o’clock in the morning.”

― Haruki Murakami

7.    “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.”

― Aldous Huxley

8.    “A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”

― Vincent Van Gogh

9.    “How we need another soul to cling to.”

Sylvia Plath

10.                  “I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.”

― Daniel Keyes

11.                  “I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

12.                  “there is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock”

Charles Bukowski

13.                  “Separation

Your absence has gone through me

Like thread through a needle.

Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

― W.S. Merwin

14.                  “So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.”


Sylvia Plath

15.                  “When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.”

― Audrey Hepburn

20 Feeling alone quotes

1.   “Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”

― Haruki Murakami

2.    “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

― Maya Angelou

3.    “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

― Lois Lowry, The Giver

4.    “Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

5.    “I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

6.    “All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

― Tahereh Mafi

7.    “Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”

8.    “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

― John Steinbeck

9.   “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

10.  “All great and precious things are lonely.”

― John Steinbeck

11.  “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

12.  “being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.”

― Charles Bukowski

13.  “When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

14.  “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay

15.  “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.”

― Charlotte Brontë

16.  “
Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”

― Janet Fitch

17.  “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

― George R.R. Martin

18.  “God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of “parties” with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter – they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship – but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”

― Sylvia Plath

19.  “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

― Mother Teresa

20.  “I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”

― Simone de Beauvoir

25 Feeling alone quotes

1.    “I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.”

― Henry Rollins

2.    “Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

3.    “It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored.”

― David Levithan

4.    “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can enter or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

― David Foster Wallace

5.    “We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.”

― Hermann Hesse

6.    “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”

― John Joseph Powell

7.    “I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others–young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald,

8.    “They cannot scare me with their empty spaces

Between stars—on stars where no human race is.

I have it in me so much nearer home

To scare myself with my own desert places.”

― Robert Frost

9.    “Sometimes I feel so- I don’t know – lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you’re used to has been ripped away. Like there’s no more gravity, and I’m left to drift in outer space with no idea where I’m going’

Like a little lost Sputnik?’

I guess so.”

― Haruki Murakami

10.                 “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”

― Mitch Albom

11.                 “Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It’s just too much for them.”

― Phoebe Stone

12.                 “Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.”

― Charlotte Brontë

13.                 “Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”

― Charles M. Schulz

14.                 “It’s weird to feel like you miss someone you’re not even sure you know.”

― David Foster Wallace

15.                 “I realize, for the first time, how very lonely I’ve been in the arena. How comforting the presence of another human being can be.”

― Suzanne Collins

16.                 “I felt her absence. it was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. you wouldn’t need to run to the mirror to know they were gone”

― James Dashner

17.                 “may came home with a smooth round stone

as small as a world and as large as alone.”

― E.E. Cummings

18.                 “Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.”

― D. H. Lawrence

19.                “I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell and it’s white, it’s snow-white.”

― Sandy Welch

20.                “I’m not much but I’m all I have.”

― Philip K Dick

21.                 “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

22.                “People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.”

― Wendell Berry

23.                 “What is hell? Hell is oneself.

Hell is alone, the other figures in it

Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from

And nothing to escape to. One is always alone.”

― T.S. Eliot

24.                 “I was always holding onto people, and they were always leaving.”

― Lili St. Crow

25.                 “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”

― Henry Rollins

30 Feeling alone quotes

1. “If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.”

― Criss Jami

2. “Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.”

― Poppy Z.Brite

3. “I’m tired of living unable to love anyone. I don’t have a single friend – not one. And, worst of all, I can’t even love myself. Why is that? Why can’t I love myself? It’s because I can’t love anyone else. A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else. Do you understand what I am saying? A person who is incapable of loving another cannot properly love himself.”

― Haruki Murakami

4. “It’s no good trying to get rid of your own aloneness. You’ve got to stick to it all your life. Only at times, at times, the gap will be filled in. At times! But you have to wait for the times. Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they’ve got to come. You can’t force them.”

― D.H. Lawrence

5. “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”

― May Sarton

6. “Everyone keeps telling me that time heals all wounds, but no one can tell me what I’m supposed to do right now. Right now I can’t sleep. It’s right now that I can’t eat. Right now I still hear his voice and sense his presence even though I know he’s not here. Right now all I seem to do is cry. I know all about time and wounds healing, but even if I had all the time in the world, I still don’t know what to do with all this hurt right now.”

― Nina Guilbeau

7. “The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.”

― Deb Caletti

8. “Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.”

― David Foster Wallace

9. “The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

10.   “There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.”

― John O’Donohue

11.   “If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

12.  “But nothing makes a room feel emptier than wanting someone in it.”

― Calla Quinn

13.   “We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”

― Rudyard Kipling

14.   “My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

15.   “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”

― Edith Wharton

16.   “Friends are a strange, volatile, contradictory, yet sticky phenomenon. They are made, crafted, shaped, molded, created by focused effort and intent. And yet, true friendship, once recognized, in its essence is effortless.

Best friends are formed by time.

Everyone is someone’s friend, even when they think they are all alone.

If the friendship is not working, your heart will know. It’s when you start being less than perfectly honest and perfectly earnest in your dealings. And it’s when the things you do together no longer feel right.

However, sometimes it takes more effort to make it work after all.

Stick around long enough to become someone’s best friend.”

― Vera Nazarian

17.   “Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.”

― Haruki Murakami

18.   “She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered ‘different.’ She did not suffer too much.”

― Betty Smith

19.   “For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve—like the soul’s version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable.”

― Laini Taylor

20.   “If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.”

― Andy Rooney

21.   “…I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.”

― Susan Cain

22.  “A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else. He’s not a club, diamond, heart, or spade. He’s not an eight or a nine, a king or a jack. He is an outsider. He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn’t belong there. Therefore, he can be removed without anybody missing him.”

― Jostein Gaarder

23.   “If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful YOU.”

― Mandy Hale

24.   “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.

At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.”

― C.S. Lewis

25.   “Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene. But she wasn’t. She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand and… cancel her. She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”

― Laini Taylor

26.   “I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27.   “The pain of being alone is completely out of this world, isn’t it? I don’t know why, but I understand your feelings so much, it actually hurts. ”

― Masashi Kishimoto

28.  “Depression on my left, Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me thier badges. I know these guys very well.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

29.   “No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence–that which makes its truth, its meaning–its subtle and essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream–alone.”

― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

30.  “That initial anger she had felt turned to sadness, and now it had become something else, almost a dullness of sorts. Even though she was constantly in motion, it seemed as if nothing special ever happened to her anymore. Each day seemed exactly like the last, and she had trouble differentiating among them.”

― Nicholas Sparks

35 Feeling alone quotes

1.   “DeWitt: Loneliness leads to nothing good, only detachment. And sometimes the people who most need to reach out are the people least capable of it.”

― Jane Espenson

2.    “To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has had a friend.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

3.    “I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.”

― T.S. Eliot

4.    “That’s love: Two lonely persons keep each other safe and touch each other and talk to each other.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

5.    “Be good and you will be lonesome.”

― Mark Twain

6.    “People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

7.    “My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.”

― Khalil Gibran

8.    “I couldn’t be with people and I didn’t want to be alone. Suddenly my perspective whooshed and I was far out in space, watching the world. I could see millions and millions of people, all slotted into their lives; then I could see me—I’d lost my place in the universe. It had closed up and there was nowhere for me to be. I was more lost than I had known it was possible for any human being to be.”

― Marian Keyes

9.    “Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man’s 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.”

― Paul Tillich

10.                “And he looked lonely enough that she said, ‘If you like, you could be my friend’.”

― Sarah J. Maas

11.                “Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.”

― Criss Jami

12.                “The Sun is such a lonely star. Whenever he comes out to see his friends, they all disappear.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

13.                “People accuse me of falling in love easily. It just means that I’m able to see the beauty in most of the people who cross paths with me and I appreciate it for what it is and also for what it isn’t. Love is imperfect. Falling for someone’s flaws is just as necessary as falling for their strengths. And people like myself, who fall into love easily, are sometimes the loneliest souls around at the end of the day.”

― Ashly Lorenzana

14.               “The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.”

― Criss Jami

15.               “How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you’d be doomed. You’d be as ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to.”

― Margaret Atwood

16.               “The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or of joy. The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present. Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone.”

― Alan Lightman,

17.               “She was stronger alone…”

― Jane Austen

18.               “Solitude is indeed dangerous for a working intelligence. We need to have around us people who think and speak. When we are alone for a long time we people the void with phantoms”

― Guy de Maupassant,

19.                “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”

― Wendell Berry,

20.                “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”

― Amit Ray

21.                “Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.”

― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

22.               “Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.”

― Haruki Murakami,

23.               “It’s so stupid because all I wanted was space and now that I have it, there’s this part of me that’s achingly lonely I could die.”

― Hannah Harrington

24.               “I can’t deceive myself that out of the bare stark realization that no matter how enthusiastic you are, no matter how sure that character is fate, nothing is real, past or future, when you are alone in your room with the clock ticking loudly into the false cheerful brilliance of the electric light. And if you have no past or future which, after all, is all that the present is made of, why then you may as well dispose of the empty shell of present and commit suicide.”

― Sylvia Plath

25.               “The strength of a love is always misjudged if we evaluate it by its immediate cause and not the stress that went before it, the dark and hollow space full of disappointment and loneliness that precedes all the great events in the heart’s history.”

― Stefan Zweig

26.               “Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt

In solitude, where we are least alone.”

― George Gordon Byron

27.               “If loneliness was a choice, what was the other option? To settle for second-best and try to be happy with that? And was that fair to the person you settled for?”

― Lisa Kleypas

28.               “Words are loneliness.”

― Henry Miller

29.              “It is beautiful, it is endless, it is full and yet seems empty. It hurts us.”

― Jackson Pearce

30.               “A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.”

― Criss Jami

31.               “In spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. The essential substance of every thought and feeling remains incommunicable, locked up in the impenetrable strong-room of the individual soul and body. Our life is a sentence of perpetual solitary confinement.”

― Aldous Huxley

32.               “…and you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, ‘That was fine’. And your life is a long line of fine.”

― Gillian Flynn

33.               “Believe me, I know what it’s like to feel all alone…the worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood, It can make people lose their grasp on reality.”

― Dan Brown

34.               “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

― Dorothy Day

35.               “A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.”

― J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

40 Feeling alone quotes

1.   “When we are most alone is when we embrace another’s loneliness.”

― Mitch Albom

2.   “Because, once alone, it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery.”

― Marilynne Robinson

3.   “Occasionally, very occasionally, say at four o’clock in the afternoon on a wet Sunday, she feels panic-stricken and almost breathless with loneliness. Once or twice she has been known to pick up the phone to check that it isn’t broken. Sometimes she thinks how nice it would be to be woken by a call in the night: ‘get in a taxi now’ or ‘I need to see you, we need to talk’. But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel – independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.”

― David Nicholls

4.    “Lonely people have enthusiasms which cannot always be explained. When something strikes them as funny, the intensity and length of their laughter mirrors the depth of their loneliness, and they are capable of laughing like hyenas. When something touches their emotions, it runs through them like Paul Revere, awakening feelings that gather into great armies.”

― Mark Helprin

5.   “Lying is easy. But it’s lonely.”

“What do you mean?”

“When you lie to everyone about everything, what’s left? What’s true?”

“Nothing,” I say.


― Victoria Schwab

6.   “What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”

― George Eliot

7.   “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”

― Bell Hooks

8.   “The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.”

― Alan Lightman

9.   “There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.”

― Hubert Selby Jr.

10.                 “If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.”

― Jules Renard

11.                “Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness , dear, my happiness will remain,in the moist reflection of a street lamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

12.                “Two turtle doves will show thee

Where my cold ashes lie

And sadly murmuring tell thee

How in tears I did die”

― Nikolai Gogol

13.                 “For those who know the value of and exquisite taste of solitary freedom (for one is only free when alone), the act of leaving is the bravest and most beautiful of all.”

― Isabelle Eberhardt

14.                 “True confessions are written with tears only. But my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes.”

― Emil Cioran

15.                 “It was not often that she was alone like this and she did not like it. When she was alone she had to think and, these days, thoughts were not so pleasant.”

― Margaret Mitchell

16.                “Are you angry? Punch a pillow. Was it satisfying? Not hardly. These days people are too angry for punching. What you might try is stabbing. Take an old pillow and lay it on the front lawn. Stab it with a big pointy machete. Again and again and again. Stab hard enough for the point of the machete to go into the ground. Stab until the pillow is gone and you are just stabbing the earth again and again, as if you want to kill it for continuing to spin, as if you are getting revenge for having to live on this planet day after day, alone.”

― Miranda July

17.                 “A lonely day is God’s way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.”

― Criss Jami

18.                 “…sometimes I get tired. Sometimes I get bored. And sometimes all I want, more than anything else in the world, is to go on a freaking date.”

― Kiersten White

19.                “A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.”

― Criss Jami

20.                 “Half of the time I don’t know what they’re talking about; their jokes seem to relate to a past that everyone but me has shared. I’m a foreigner in the world and I don’t understand the language.”

― Jean Webster

21.                “Man was born for society. However little He may be attached to the World, He never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it. Disgusted at the guilt or absurdity of Mankind, the Misanthrope flies from it: He resolves to become an Hermit, and buries himself in the Cavern of some gloomy Rock. While Hate inflames his core, possibly He may feel contented with his situation: But when his passions begin to cool; when Time has mellowed his sorrows, and healed those wounds which He bore with him to his solitude, think you that Content becomes his Companion? Ah! no, Rosario. No longer sustained by the violence of his passions, He feels all the monotony of his way of living, and his heart becomes the prey of Ennui and weariness. He looks round, and finds himself alone in the Universe: The love of society revives in his core, and He pants to return to that world which He has abandoned. Nature loses all her charms in his eyes: No one is near him to point out her beauties, or share in his admiration of her excellence and variety. Propped upon the fragment of some Rock, He gazes upon the tumbling waterfall with a vacant eye, He views without emotion the glory of the setting Sun. Slowly He returns to his Cell at Evening, for no one there is anxious for his arrival; He has no comfort in his solitary unsavoury meal: He throws himself upon his couch of Moss despondent and dissatisfied, and wakes only to pass a day as joyless, as monotonous as the former.”

― Matthew Gregory Lewis

22.                 “What was wrong with me? I had a decent life. I was healthy. I wasn’t starving or maimed by a land mine or orphaned. Yet somehow, it wasn’t enough. I had a hole in me, and everything I took for granted slipped through it like sand.

I felt like I had swallowed yeast, like whatever evil was festering inside me had doubled in size.”

― Jodi Picoult

23.  “To be alone is to be different, to be different is to be alone.”

― Suzanne Gordon

24.                 “I believe in whatever gets you throught the night. […] Night is the hardest time to be alive. For me, anyway. It lasts so long, and four A.M.knows all my secrets.”

― Poppy Z. Brite

25.                 “…until that moment I had not understood that this was a story about lonely people, about absence and loss, and that that was why I had taken refuge in it until it became confused with my own life, like someone who has escaped into the pages of a novel because those whom he needs to love seem nothing more than ghosts inhabiting the mind of a stranger.”

― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

26.                “Loneliness is a hard thing to handle. I feel it, sometimes. When I do, I want it to end. Sometimes, when you’re near someone, when you touch them on some level that is deeper than the uselessly structured formality of casual civilized interaction, there’s a sense of satisfaction in it. Or at least, there is for me. It doesn’t have to be someone particularly nice. You don’t have to like them. You don’t even have to want to work with them. You might even want to punch them in the nose. Sometimes just making that connection is its own experience, its own reward.”

― Jim Butcher

27.                 “I spent the rest of the day in someone else’s story. The rare moments that I put the book down, my own pain returned in burning stabs.”

― Amy Plum

28.                 “Lonely was much better than alone.”

― Toni Morrison

29.                “Over time, loneliness gets inside you and doesn’t go away.”

― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

30.                  “Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.”

― Maggie Nelson

31.                “Maybe reading was just a way to make her feel less alone, to keep her company. When you read something you are stopped, the moment is stayed, you can sometimes be there more fully than you can in your real life.”

― Helen Humphreys

32.                “The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God. Such a one is alone with God in all places, and he alone truly enjoys the companionship of other men, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety.”

― Thomas Merton

33.                “To me, you were more than just a person. You were a place where I finally felt at home.”

― Denice Envall

34.                “The opposite of Loneliness is not Togetherness , It’s Intimacy”

― Richard Bach

35.                 “It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.”

― D.W. Winnicott

36.  “When I was a kid–10, 11, 12, 13–the thing I wanted most in the world was a best friend. I wanted to be important to people; to have people that understood me. I wanted to just be close to somebody. And back then, a thought would go through my head almost constantly: “There’s never gonna be a room someplace where there’s a group of people sitting around, having fun, hanging out, where one of them goes, ‘You know what would be great? We should call Fiona. Yeah, that would be good.’ That’ll never happen. There’s nothing interesting about me.” I just felt like I was a sad little boring thing.”

― Fiona Apple

37.                 “I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.”

― Franz Kafka

38.                  “Shrinking in a corner,

pressed into the wall;

do they know I’m present,

am I here at all?

Is there a written rule book,

that tells you how to be—

all the right things to talk about—

that everyone has but me?

Slowly I am withering—

a flowered deprived of sun;

longing to belong to—

somewhere or someone.”

― Lang Leav

39.                 “Like you’re riding a train at night across some vast plain, and you

catch a glimpse of a tiny light in a window of a farmhouse. In an

instant it’s sucked back into the darkness behind and vanishes. But

if you close your eyes, that point of light stays with you, just

barely for a few moments.”

― Haruki Murakami,

40.                 “People cannot win against their loneliness because loneliness is this world’s worst kind of pain.”

― Gaara

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45  Feeling alone quotes

1. “That’s what Jamie didn’t understand: it was never just sex. Even the fastest, dirtiest, most impersonal screw was about more than sex. It was about connection. It was about looking at another human being and seeing your own loneliness and neediness reflected back. It was recognising that together you had the power to temporarily banish that sense of isolation. It was about experiencing what it was to be human at the basest, most instinctive level. How could that be described as just anything?”

― Emily Maguire

2. “But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.”

― Megan Whalen Turner

3. “When was it I realized that, on this truly dark and solitary path we all walk, the only way we can light is our own? Although I was raised with love, I was always lonely.

Someday, without fail, everyone will disappear, scattered into the blackness of time.”

― Banana Yoshimoto

4. “Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books written because authors couldn’t find anyone to talk to.”

― Alain de Botton

5.    “I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.”

― Anaïs Nin

6.   “Loneliness in a crowd of people was the worst kind of loneliness, but she couldn’t help it.”

― Lauren Kate

7.    “[A]t bottom, and just in the deepest and most important things, we are unutterably alone, and for one person to be able to advise or even help another, a lot must happen, a lot must go well, a whole constellation of things must come right in order once to succeed.”

― Rainer Marie Rilke,

8.   “All that he had of her was his memory, where he held every moment, every single moment that she had been his. That was all he had, to keep out the loneliness.”

― Juliet Marillier

9.   “Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.”

― Joss Whedon

10.        “An ad that pretends to be art is — at absolute best — like somebody who smiles warmly at you only because he wants something from you. This is dishonest, but what’s sinister is the cumulative effect that such dishonesty has on us: since it offers a perfect facsimile or simulacrum of goodwill without goodwill’s real spirit, it messes with our heads and eventually starts upping our defenses even in cases of genuine smiles and real art and true goodwill. It makes us feel confused and lonely and impotent and angry and scared. It causes despair.”

― David Foster Wallace

11. “I knew this feeling, the 2 a.m. loneliness that I’d practically invented.”

― Sarah Dessen

12.“For someone like myself in whom the ability to trust others is so cracked and broken that I am wretchedly timid and am forever trying to read the expression on people’s faces.”

― Osamu Dazai

13.“Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!

There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.

And the magical things you can do with that ball

will make you the winning-est winner of all.

Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,

with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t

Because, sometimes they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times

you’ll play lonely games too.

Games you can’t win

’cause you’ll play against you.”

― Dr. Seuss

14.   “I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.”

― Charles Bukowski

15. “There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.”

― G. K. Chesterton

16.“You get lonely, is what it is. A person’s not supposed to go through life with absolutely nobody. It’s not normal. The longer you go by yourself the weirder you get, and the weirder you get the longer you go by yourself. It’s a loop and you gotta do something to get out of it.”

― Jim Shepard

17. “If, by the virtue of charity or the circumstance of desperation, you ever chance to spend a little time around a Substance-recovery halfway facility like Enfield MA’s state-funded Ennet House, you will acquire many exotic new facts […] That certain persons simply will not like you no matter what you do. Then that most nonaddicted adult civilians have already absorbed and accepted this fact, often rather early on […] That sleeping can be a form of emotional escape and can with sustained effort be abused […] That purposeful sleep-deprivation can also be an abusable escape. That gambling can be an abusable escape, too, and work, shopping, and shoplifting, and sex, and abstention, and masturbation, and food, and exercise, and meditation/prayer […] That loneliness is not a function of solitude […] That if enough people in a silent room are drinking coffee it is possible to make out the sound of steam coming off the coffee. That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt […] That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness […] That the effects of too many cups of coffee are in no way pleasant or intoxicating […] That if you do something nice for somebody in secret, anonymously, without letting the person you did it for know it was you or anybody else know what it was you did or in any way or form trying to get credit for it, it’s almost its own form of intoxicating buzz.

That anonymous generosity, too, can be abused […]

That it is permissible to want […]

That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels.”

― David Foster Wallace

18.   “There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.”

― Isaac Asimov

20.   “There’s a loneliness that only exists in one’s mind. The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is blink.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

21.“When I’m in turmoil, when I can’t think, when I’m exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building.”

― Jim Butcher, Storm Front

22.        “I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?”

― C. JoyBell C.

23.       “To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it it is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit,l from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life

24.       “And I knew in my bones that Emily Dickinson wouldn’t have written even one poem if she’d had two howling babies, a husband bent on jamming another one into her, a house to run, a garden to tend, three cows to milk, twenty chickens to feed, and four hired hands to cook for. I knew then why they didn’t marry. Emily and Jane and Louisa. I knew and it scared me. I also knew what being lonely was and I didn’t want to be lonely my whole life. I didn’t want to give up on my words. I didn’t want to choose one over the other. Mark Twain didn’t have to. Charles Dickens didn’t.”

― Jennifer Donnelly

25.   “Having a sister or a friend is like sitting at night in a lighted house. Those outside can watch you if they want, but you need not see them. You simply say, “Here are the perimeters of our attention. If you prowl around under the windows till the crickets go silent, we will pull the shades. If you wish us to suffer your envious curiosity, you must permit us not to notice it.” Anyone with one solid human bond is that smug, and it is the smugness as much as the comfort and safety that lonely people covet and admire.”

― Marilynne Robinson


“I learned much too late

that what you called love

was nothing but a

desperate and irrational

fear of a life lived alone.”

― Beau Taplin

27.       “I left the library. Crossing the street, I was hit head-on by a brutal loneliness. I felt dark and hollow. Abandoned, unnoticed, forgotten, I stood on the sidewalk, a nothing, a gatherer of dust. People hurried past me. and everyone who walked by was happier than I. I felt the old envy. I would have given anything to be one of them.”

― Nicole Krauss

28.       “Oh to have you with me, to have you here, not to be alone, but to be with you, my beauty, you of all souls! You.”

― Anne Rice

29.   “Eternity is a long time to spend alone, without others of your kind.”

― Cassandra Clare,

30.   “A child blind from birth doesn’t even know he’s blind until someone tells him. Even then he has only the most academic idea of what blindness is; only the formerly sighted have a real grip on the thing. Ben Hanscom had no sense of being lonely because he had never been anything but. If the condition had been new, or more localized, he might have understood, but loneliness both encompassed his life and overreached it.”

― Stephen King

31.   “I wasn’t lonely. Loneliness, I think, has very little to do with location. It’s a state of mind. In the centre of every city are some of the loneliest people in the world. If anything, because our whole planet was just outside the window, I felt even more aware of and connected to the seven billion other people who call it home.”

― Chris Hadfield

32.   “Shrinking in a corner,

pressed into the wall;

do they know I’m present,

am I here at all?”

― Lang Leav

33.       “Sometimes she would cry. I was so lonely, she’d say. You have no idea how lonely I was. And I had friends, I was a lucky one, but I was lonely anyway.

I admired my mother in some ways, although things between us were never easy. She expected too much from me, I felt. She expected me to vindicate her life for her, and the choices she’d made. I didn’t want to live my life on her terms. I didn’t want to be the model offspring, the incarnation of her ideas. We used to fight about that. I am not your justification for existence, I said her to once.

I want her back. I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting.”

― Margaret Atwood

34.       “I was lonely. I felt it deeply and permanently, that this state of being on my own might never disappear. But I welcomed the lonliness, which had everything to do with being anonymous. It’s never lonliness that nibbles away at a person’s insides, but not having room inside themselves to be comfortably alone.”

― Rachel Sontag

35.   “It was as if the empty nights were made for thinking of him. And sometimes I found myself so vividly aware of him it was as if he had only just left the room and the ring of his voice were still there. And somehow, there was a disturbing comfort in that, and, despite myself, I’d envision his face.”

― Anne Rice

36.       “I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away — yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the earth’s orbit ——————————— and wanted to shoot myself.”

― Søren Kierkegaard

37.   “Rain makes me feel less alone. All rain is, is a cloud- falling apart, and pouring its shattered pieces down on top of you. It makes me feel good to know I’m not the only thing that falls apart . It makes me feel better to know other things in nature can shatter.”

― Lone Alaskan Gypsy

38.   “In his face there came to be a brooding peace that is seen most often in the faces of the very sorrowful or the very wise. But still he wandered through the streets of the town, always silent and alone.”

― Carson McCullers

39.   “I decided that maybe we left each other alone too much. Leaving each other alone was killing us.”

― Benjamin Alire Sáenz

40.   “Lingering is so very lonely when one lingers all alone.”

― Mervyn Peake

41.“Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.”

― Criss Jami

42.   “And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies, and itchings that (Hell) contains, if rolled into one single experience and put into the scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt by the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all. Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good.”

― C.S. Lewis

43.   “Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom.

Once you were thus convinced, you were foolish to open the door and let anyone in, not all the way in. You risked the hard-won equilibrium, that tranquility that you called peace”

― Dean Koontz

44.   “The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.”

― Hugh MacLeod

45.   “What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one’s self?”

― Henrik Ibsen

50 Feeling alone quotes

1.   He could only consider me as the living corpse of a would-be suicide, a person dead to shame, an idiot ghost.”

― Osamu Dazai

2.   “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.”

― Eda LeShan

3.   places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”

― Mandy Hale

4.   “She learned the intricacy of loneliness: the horror of color, the roar of soundlessness and the menace of familiar objects lying still.”

― Toni Morrison

5.   “When a man is one of a kind, he will be lonely wherever he is.”

― Louis L’Amour

6.   “On this road there are no godspoke men. They are gone and I am left and they have taken with them the world.”

― Cormac McCarthy

7.    “But most days,

I wander around feeling invisible.

Like I’m a speck of dust

floating in the air

that can only be seen

when a shaft of light hits it.”

― Sonya Sones

8.    “Jamie enjoyed solitude, but loneliness was a constant ache.”

― Sidney Sheldon

9.    “My sleep wasn’t peaceful, though. I have the sense of emerging from a world of dark, haunted places where I traveled alone.”

― Suzanne Collins

10.                  “It was sadness, lostness, and the worst thing about it was the way it seemed like a default—like it was there all the time, and all her other expressions were just an array of masks she used to cover it up.”

― Laini Taylor

11.                 “In his or her own way, everyone I saw before me looked happy. Whether they were really happy or just looked it, I couldn’t tell. But they did look happy on this pleasant early afternoon in late September, and because of that I felt a kind of loneliness new to me, as if I were the only one here who was not truly part of the scene.”

― Haruki Murakami

12.                 “Today the individual has become the highest form, and the greatest bane, of artistic creation. The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. Thus we finally gather in one large pen, where we stand and bleat about our loneliness without listening to each other and without realizing that we are smothering each other to death. The individualists stare into each other’s eyes and yet deny each other’s existence. We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster’s whim and the purest ideal.”

― Ingmar Bergman

13.                 “I barely noticed loneliness anymore; it was my normal condition, by necessity if not by nature.”

― Rachel Hartman

14.                 “The trap is loneliness, and none of us escapes it. Not even me.”

― Leigh Bardugo

15.                 “I don’t know why I still feel this pit in my stomach whenever I get a moment to think. I know what the pit is, too; I feel lonely. But I’m not alone, I keep telling myself.”

― Pittacus Lore

16.                 “. . . clumsiness is often mated with a love of solitude.”

― Virginia Woolf

17.                 “Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.”

― Dag Hammarskjöld

18.                 “You’ll end up living a lonely life if you’re waiting around for perfect.”

― Samantha Young, Before Jamaica Lane

19.                 “That was the day my whole world went black. Air looked black. Sun looked black. I laid up in bed and stared at the black walls of my house….Took three months before I even looked out the window, see the world still there. I was surprised to see the world didn’t stop.”

― Kathryn Stockett

20.                 “there is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear, and almost everyone has hours when he would gladly exchange it for any kind of sociability, however trivial or cheap, for the tiniest outward agreement with the first person who comes along….”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

21.                 “even

in the loneliest moments

i have been there

for myself.”

― Sanober Khan

22.                 “I had been alone more than I could have been had I gone by myself.”

― Sylvia Plath

23.                 “It’s how I fill the time when nothing’s happening. Thinking too much, flirting with melancholy.”

― Tim Winton

24.                 “I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it’s good for me…”

― Louisa May Alcott

25.                  “In that high place in the darkness the two oddly sensitive human atoms held each other tightly and waited. In the mind of each was the same thought. “I have come to this lonely place and here is this other,” was the substance of the thing felt.”

― Sherwood Anderson

26.                 “Will. For a moment her heart hesitated. She remembered when Will had died, her agony, the long nights alone, reaching across the bed every morning when she woke up, for years expecting to find him there, and only slowly growing accustomed to the fact that side of the bed would always be empty. The moments when she had found something funny and turned to share the joke with him, only to be shocked anew that he was not there. The worst moments, when, sitting alone at breakfast, she had realized that she had forgotten the precise blue of his eyes or the depth of his laugh; that, like the sound of Jem’s violin music, they had faded into the distance where memories are silent.”

― Cassandra Clare

27.                  “Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

28.                 “Surely it is an odd way to spend your life – sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist, except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is: because you have to, because you have no choice.”

― Paul Auster

29.                 “You fall in love, it’s intoxicating, an for a little while you feel like you’ve actually become one with the other person. Merged souls, and so on. You think you’ll never be lonely again. Only it doesn’t last and soon you realize you can only get so close and you end up brutally disappointed, more alone than ever, because the illusion-the hope you’d held on to all those years-has been shattered.”

― Nicole Krauss

30.                 “There’s so much I should say, so many things I should tell him, but in the end I tell him nothing.

I cut a line and my losses, and I light a cigarette.”

― Clint Catalyst

31.                 “The world is supposed to be full of possibilities, but they narrow down to pretty few in most personal experience. There’s lots of good fish in the sea… maybe… but the vast masses seem to be mackerel or herring, and if you’re not mackerel or herring yourself, you are likely to find very few good fish in the sea.”

― D. H. Lawrence

32.                 “I know nothing – nothing in the world – of the hearts of men. I only know that I am alone – horribly alone.”

― Ford Madox Ford

33.                 “I’m all alone, but I’m not lonely.”

― Haruki Murakami

34.                 “I am not meant to be alone and without you who understands.”

― Carson McCullers

35.                 “A lonely, quiet person has observations and experiences that are at once both more indistinct and more penetrating than those of one more gregarious; his thoughts are weightier, stranger, and never without a tinge of sadness. . . . Loneliness fosters that which is original, daringly and bewilderingly beautiful, poetic. But loneliness also fosters that which is perverse, incongruous, absurd, forbidden.”

― Thomas Mann

36.                 “When the chips are down, you are alone, and loneliness can be terrifying. Fortunately, I’ve always had a chum I could call. And I love to be alone. It doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m my own company.”

― Audrey Hepburn

37.                 “The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself.”

― Mary Balogh

38.                  “In the midst of friends, home, and kind parents, she was alone.”

― William Makepeace Thackeray

39.                 “To you who eat a lot of rice because you’re lonely,

To you who sleep a lot because you’re bored,

To you who cry a lot because you are sad, I write this down.

Chew on your feelings that are cornerned like you would chew on rice.

Anyway, life is something that you need to digest.”

― Chun Yang Hee

40.                 “As the new work fills my notebooks, I’ve come to realize that the characters in my stories were so real because I really did want to get close to people, I really did want to know them. It was just easier to do it on paper, one step removed.”

― Charles de Lint

41.                 “She was waiting, but she didn’t know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart.”

― Albert Camus

42.                 “When you are lonely for a while don’t get restless, if you had born alone, you are going to die alone then for sometime you can certainly live alone.”

― Amit Kalantri

43.                 “It’s only natural to feel lonely after the enjoyable moments pass. But as you experience new joys those feelings of sorrow will start to fade.”

― Mizu Sahara

44.                 “We need to bridge our sense of loneliness and disconnection with a sense of community and continuity even if we must manufacture it from our time on the Web and our use of calling cards to connect long distance. We must “log on” somewhere, and if it is only in cyberspace, that is still far better than nowhere at all. (264)”

― Julia Cameron

45.                 “I’ve noticed that loneliness gets stronger when we try to face it down, but gets weaker when we simply ignore it.”

― Paulo Coelho

46.                 “The thing is, being lonely is like walking in the cold without a coat. It’s uncomfortable, but eventually you go numb. Once you get used to not being lonely, though, the shock of going back is like having your down comforter yanked off at six o’clock on a Minnesota December morning.”

― Maggie Hall

47.                 “When we learn to speak, we learn to translate.”

― Octavio Paz

48.                 “I was feeling lonely without her, but the fact that I could feel lonely at all was consolation. Loneliness wasn’t such a bad feeling. It was like the stillness of the pin oak after the little birds had flown off.”― Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

49.                 “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.

(pg.99, “The Body and the Earth”)”

― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

50.                  “You do not have to be alone. The world never inflicts loneliness upon us. That is something we choose or reject by ourselves.”

― Darren Shan, Birth of a Killer

Other Mental health quotes which you may like

Below are other mental health quotes which may be of interest to you:

13 Reasons Why Quotes
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Anxiety quotes
As I lay dying quotes
August Quotes
Autism quotes


Feeling alone can be a scary thing, but it can also be enjoyed.

Use the alone time to get to know yourself better, learn a new skill, do what you love. 

Feel alone and be happy with yourself.

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