Feeling lonely quotes  (149+)

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It’s okay to feel lonely sometimes. It’s a natural feeling and we all live it once in a while.

We’ve prepared a series of recommendations that you can practice when feeling lonely and despair makes you a visit.

Hope these will help you feel better!

  1. Welcome loneliness as an old friend

If you try to resist it, it might be worse. By acknowledging your loneliness and welcoming it as an old friend, you are also telling yourself that this feeling is not here forever.

It came to share something with you, it interrupted your routine so you can perhaps spend more time with yourself, taking care of yourself.

Loneliness teaches you self-compassion. 

  1. Reach out to someone

It might be hard to make that phone call or send that message to a friend, but nothing beats up loneliness more than laughing and talking with somebody else.

When we’re feeling lonely we tend to isolate ourselves, even more, we enjoy solitude to a certain degree.

However, talking to a friend or a relative can make you see things from another perspective and can make you understand where this feeling of loneliness comes from. 

  1. Be creative

You can cook, draw, paint, photograph your loneliness. Let your mind express itself, you might be surprised of the resources that are in loneliness.

Even if you are not an artist at the soul, give yourself the chance to try something new. You never know what great thing might come out of it. 

  1. Move around

At first, you might not feel like exercising and it will probably be very tempting to stay in bed all day.

You need to find the strength in yourself to get up, and at least go for a walk. Be in nature, breathe fresh air, hear the birds sing, play with the dogs at the park. If you don’t feel like jogging or working out, you can stay home and dance!

Yes, and you don’t have to be a professional to move your body in the rhythm of the music. 

  1. Sing

Choose a playlist that best describes your feelings. Listed to sad music, cry, shout, relate to the lyrics.

Then change the playlist to something more rhythmic and dance your loneliness out. 

  1. Get comfortable with being alone

Spending time by yourself can be helpful, joyful and productive. 

Some good suggestions: meditate, take yourself to a movie, read, watch TED Talks or other things that will make you think, start a gratitude journal, dance naked, eat messy food in bed, O.D. on junk TV.

  1. Embrace who you are

Don’t blame yourself for being the way you are, for not having more friends or amazing social skills.

Focus on taking care of yourself and do activities that you enjoy, and soon you will be craving for some lonely time.

5  Feeling lonely quotes

1.     “In the silence of night, I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.”

― Judy Garland

2.   “Even the company of the mad was better than the company of the dead.”

― Stephen King

3.   “She talked about wanting to be a part of something, wanting to be desired, to be ‘special’, craving to be loved. She talked about experiencing the kind of loneliness so immense it could swallow you up. She called it ‘loneliness that crowds couldn’t cure’.”

― Cupcake Brown

4.   “Just like you mistook lust for love, you have mistaken with being alone for loneliness. So I’m fine. Thanks for asking.”

― pleasefindthis

5.    “If I could always read I should never feel the want of company.”

― George Gordon Byron

15 Feeling lonely quotes

1.     “Often it feels like I am breathing today only because a few years back I had no idea which nerve to cut…”

― Sanhita Baruah

2.   “You’re too far for my hands to hold you, but too near for my heart to love you.”

― Heraline

3.   “They are so caught up in their happiness that they don’t realize I’m not really a part of it. I am wandering along the periphery. I am like the people in the Winslow Homer paintings, sharing the same room with them but not really there. I am like the fish in the aquarium, thinking in a different language, adapting to a life that’s not my natural habitat. I am the people in the other cars, each with his or her own story, but passing too quickly to be noticed or understood.

. . . There are moments I just sit in my frame, float in my tank, ride in my car and say nothing, think nothing that connects me to anything at all.”

― David Levithan

4.   “I am a lonely man,” he said again that evening. “And is it not possible that you are also a lonely person? But I am an older man, and I can live with my loneliness, quietly. You are young, and it must be difficult to accept your loneliness. You must sometimes want to fight it.”

“But I am not at all lonely.”

“Youth is the loneliest time of all. Otherwise, why should you come so often to my house?”

Sensei continued: “But surely, when you are with me, you cannot rid yourself of your loneliness. I have not it in me to help you forget it. You will have to look elsewhere for the consolation you seek. And soon, you will find that you no longer want to visit me.”

As he said this, Sensei smiled sadly.”

― Natsume Sōseki

5.    “And she was well-enough acquainted with loneliness to understand that the worst part wasn’t having nobody caring for you – it was having nobody to care for.”

― Tessa Dare

6.   “I ain’t got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time. . . ‘Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him.”

― John Steinbeck

7.    “The two of them on top of the freezing slide, wordlessly holding hands. Once again they were a ten-year-old boy and girl. A lonely boy, and a lonely girl. A classroom, just after school let out, at the beginning of winter. They had neither the power nor the knowledge to know what they should offer to each other, what they should be seeking. They had never, ever, been truly loved, or truly loved someone else. They had never held anyone, never been held. They had not idea, either, where this action would take them. What they entered then was a doorless room. They couldn’t get out, nor could anyone else come in. The two of them didn’t know it at the time, but this was the only truly complete place in the entire world. Totally isolated, yet the one place not tainted with loneliness.”

― Haruki Murakami

8.   “Sometimes I wake up and lie still enough to hear a petal drop from the vase of flowers. Sometimes I lie awake and wish there was someone to hear my falling.”

― Simon Van Booy

9.   “If we are alone, we become more alone. Life is strange”

― Paulo Coelho

10.         “Human beings, in point of fact, are lonely by nature, and one should feel sorry for them and love them and mourn with them. It is certain that people would understand one another better and love one another more if they would admit to one another how lonely they were, how sad they were in their tormented, anxious longings and feeble hopes.”

― Halldór Laxness

11. “I did not know I was lonely, she thought, until I was no longer alone.”

― Katherine Arden

12.“In the weeks that followed, we amazed ourselves. Our habits slid apart easily…And our very few intimacies were simply discontinued. Where did they go, those things we did? Were they recycled? Did some new couple in China do them? Were a Swedish man and woman foot to foot at this very moment? ”

― Miranda July,

13.“Lucian was beginning to get used to hearing her small observations at night. More than anything, he realized he liked her voice in the dark. It made him feel less lonely.”

― Melina Marchetta

14.“But about the drip drip of long-haul, no-end-in-sight solitude, they know nothing. They don’t know what it is to construct an entire weekend around a visit to the laundrette. Or to sit in a darkened flat on Halloween night, because you can’t bear to expose your bleak evening to a crowd of jeering trick-or-treaters. Or to have the librarian smile pityingly and say, ‘Goodness, you’re a quick reader!’ when you bring back seven books, read from cover to cover, a week after taking them out. They don’t know what it is to be so chronically untouched that the accidental brush of a bus conductor’s hand on your shoulder sends a jolt of longing straight to your groin.”

― Zoe Heller

15. “…I’ve come to realize that the only truths that matter to me are the ones I don’t, and can’t, understand. What’s mysterious, ambiguous, inexplicable. What doesn’t fit into a story, what doesn’t have a story. Glint of brightness on a barely-there chain. Patch of sunlight on a yellow wall. The loneliness that separates every living creature from every other living creature. Sorrow inseparable from joy.”

― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

20 Feeling lonely quotes

1.    “I know in a way I never knew before that there is nowhere for me to go, nothing for me to do, and no one for me to know. The voice in my head keeps reciting these old principles of mine. The voice is his voice, and the voice is also my voice. And there are other voices, voices I have never heard before, voices that seem to be either dead or dying in a great moonlit darkness. More than ever, some sort of new arrangement seems in order, some dramatic and unknown arrangement — anything to find release from this heartbreaking sadness I suffer every minute of the day (and night), this killing sadness that feels as if it will never leave me no matter where I go or what I do or whom I may ever know.”

― Thomas Ligotti

2.   “You and I share the same DNA.

Is there anything more lonely than that?”

― Charlie Kaufman

3.    “It’s just that you go so crazy being alone like that. Sometimes he’d forget my water or food and I’d cry and cry and cry.” She stops talking and looks out the window. “I would try to tell myself stories to pass the time. Fairy tales. Parts of books. But they got used up.”

― Holly Black

4.   “Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you were wearing someone else’s shoes.”

― Phoebe Stone

5.   “It was at this period that Drogo realised how far apart men are whatever their affection for each other, that if you suffer the pain is yours and yours alone, no one else can take upon himself the least part of it; that if you suffer it does not mean that others feel pain even though their love is great: hence the loneliness of life.”

― Dino Buzzati, The Tartar Steppe

6.   “The trouble with me is that for a long time I have just been an I person. All people belong to a We except me. Not to belong to a We makes you too lonesome.”

― Carson McCullers

7.   “I know what it feels like, and it sucks, it really does, when you are up in the middle of the night thinking about the things that you’ve suddenly became aware of. The things you’re missing out on right now, and all the people who are not close to you anymore, and all of the good times that will never happen again, and all the people who have meant the world to you who have forgotten about you forever, and you get this awful feeling that’s kind of like a mix between loneliness and nostalgia.”

― Abraham M. Alghanem,

8.   “The soul hardly ever realizes it, but whether he is a believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.”

― Hubert Van Zeller

9.   “That’s why; he’s worried about how his life is turning out, and he’s lonely, and lonely people are the bitterest of them all”

― Nick Hornby

10.                 “Perhaps there are those who are able to go about their lives unfettered by such concerns. But for those like us, our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro

11.                 “And I’m hoping there’s some larger truth about suffering here, or at least my understanding of it – although I’ve come to realize that the only truths that matter to me are the ones I don’t, and can’t, understand.

What’s mysterious, ambiguous, inexplicable. What doesn’t fit into a story, what doesn’t have a story. Glint of brightness on a barely-there chain. Patch of sunlight on a yellow wall. The loneliness that separates every living creature from every other living creature. Sorrow inseparable from joy.”

― Donna Tartt

12.                 “Sometimes being surronded by everyone is the loneliest, because you’ll realise you have no one to turn to.”

― Soraya

13.                 “I have been a stranger here in my own land: All my life”

― Sophocles

14.                 “And loneliness. I should say something of loneliness. The panic, the sweeping hysteria that comes not when you are without others, but when you are without yourself, adrift. I should describe the filthy province of mind, the blighted district inside, the place so crowded you cannot raise the lids of your eyes. Your shoulders are drawn and your head has fallen and your chest is bruised by the constant assault of your heart. (p. 37)”

― Hilary Thayer Hamann

15.                 “I have no privacy. But I feel so alone.”

― Susan Beth Pfeffer

16.                  “Throwing herself into learning helped Miri ignore the painful chill of solitude around her.”

― Shannon Hale

17.                 “For fear you will be alone

you do so many things

that aren’t you at all.”

― Richard Brautigan

18.                 “What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.”

― Dag Hammarskjöld

19.                 “The people you think are the happiest are usually the saddest; that’s because they see more and feel deeper than others do. They are the sensitive and they see beyond the veil of what’s tangible and what’s not. They wear no masks and can see through the masks of others. The sensitive to life are few in number, which is why they feel so alone…because they are all alone.”

― Donna Lynn Hope

20.                 “I hope somebody cares because I sure don’t. I sure don’t. Not anymore. I’m ashamed to go around my family. I’m too embarrassed to confide in my friends. Outside of work I don’t have a life.”

― Mary B. Morrison

Feeling lonely quotes  (149+)

25 Feeling lonely quotes

1.    “No worries about money, success, fear, joy, pain, sorrow, sex, or love. Absolute zero. No father, mother, girlfriend, lover. The dead are orphans. No company but the silence like a moth’s wings. – Garraty’s thoughts on “The person whom you really, really love may not be here anymore. And you might be feeling lonely, but, there are people in this world who really, really love you, so shouldn’t that equal it all out? So, please don’t ever think that you’re alone. I’ll be watching over you. I’ll always be watching over you. I promise to always watch over you. You’re not alone.”

― Yuuki Obata

2.   “That was what magic did. It revealed the heart of who you’d been before life took away your belief in the possible. It gave back the world all lonely children longed for.”

― Leigh Bardugo

3.   “Loneliness watches and sights, then climbs into my bed and pulls the covers over… himself, fully dressed, shoes and all. He’s going to make me sleep with him again tonight, i just know it.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

4.   “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. Although, in daily life, we do not always distinguish these words, we should do so consistently and thus deepen our understanding of our human predicament.”

― Paul Tillich

5.   “What is society but an individual? […] The ocean is not society; it is individuals. This was how I managed to gain a modicum of freedom from my terror at the illusion of the ocean called the world.”

― Osamu Dazai

6.   “Some people say dying alone is a fate worse than death itself. Well, they should try being alone during the living part sometimes. There’s no quicker way to make you wonder why the hell you ever thought you’d want to return.”

― John Corey Whaley

7.   “She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food, because both left a hollow place inside you, a place you needed filled to make it through another day. Rachel remembered how growing up she’d thought living on a farm with just a father was as lonely as you could be. (130)”

― Ron Rash

8.   “Everything is all right,

When you’re here,

When you’re right next to me,

When my hand is in yours,

Don’t leave me,

Don’t leave me empty handed.”

― Elizabeth Brooks

9.   “Isolation and loneliness are central causes of depression and despair.”

― Bell Hooks

10.   “It no longer makes me cry and die and tear myself to see her go because everything goes away from me like that now — girls, visions, anything, just in the same way and forever and I accept lostness forever.”

― Jack Kerouac

11.  “It is a very strange sensation to inexperience youth to feel itself quite alone the world, cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted. The charm of adventure sweetens that sensation, the glow of pride warms it; but then the throb of fear disturbs it; and fear with me became predominant when half an hour elapsed, and still I was alone.”

― Charlotte Brontë

12.  “I think that if we look for love courageously, it reveals itself, and we wind up attracting even more love. If one person really wants us, everyone does. But if we’re alone, we become even more alone. Life is strange.”

― Paulo Coelho,13.  “There’s a lot to be said for being alone. But you and I know, don’t we, Flavia, that being alone and being lonely are not at all the same thing?”

― Alan Bradley

14.  “Only on the Internet can a person be lonely and popular at the same time.”

― Allison Burnett

16.  “It made me start to wonder if there were other people so lonely so close. I thought about “Eleanor Rigby.” It’s true, where do they all come from? And where do they all belong?”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

17.  “There was an enjoyment to being alive, he felt, that because of an underlying meaninglessness–like how a person alone for too long cannot feel comfortable when with others; cannot neglect that underlying the feeling of belongingness is the certainty, really, of loneliness, and nothingness, and so experiences life in that hurried, worthless way one experiences a mistake–he could no longer get at.”

― Tao Lin

18.  “I was trained to turn loneliness into laziness.”

― Bill Callahan

19.  “Thirsty for attention is a cry of loneliness.”

― Toba Beta,

20.  “My despair is less despair than boredom and loneliness.”

― Anthony Swofford

21.  “I learned the strange art of loneliness, the weathered yearning that swells and passes, and swells and passes, when you walk a trail alone.”

― Anna Carey

22.  “The rain echoed in the shadowy attic space and made me feel small and fragile, like a lace glove left behind on moving day – mateless and abandoned.”

― Dia Reeves,

23.  “Lying in the bed that had once held two, Lisey thought alone never felt more lonely than when you woke up and discovered you still had the house to yourself. That you and the mice in the walls were the only ones still breathing.”

― Stephen King

24.  “I grow old … I grow old …

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves

Combing the white hair of the waves blown back

When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”

― T.S Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

25.   “I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work.”

― Orhan Pamuk

30 Feeling lonely quotes

1.   ve been clinging to this world like a discarded shell of an insect stuck to a branch, about to be blown off forever by a gust of wind.”

― Haruki Murakami

2.    “Until then I had always thought of loneliness as something negative—an absence of company, and, of course, something temporary… That day I had learned that it was much more. It was something which could press and oppress, could distort the ordinary and play tricks with the mind. Something which lurked inimically all around, stretching the nerves and twanging them with alarms, never letting one forget that there was no one to help, no one to care. It showed one as an atom adrift in vastness, and it waited all the time its chance to frighten and frighten horribly—that was what loneliness was really trying to do; and that was what one must never let it do…”

― John Wyndham

3.   “Loneliness is a bitter, wretched companion. Sometimes it just won’t let go”

― Tahereh Mafi

4.   “I look around at everybody laughing and joking together and struggle to understand my life has become a living hell that nobody present could even begin to imagine”

― B.A. Paris

5.   “I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano!”

― William Shakespeare

6.   “This is what it means to be alone: everyone is connected to everyone else, their bodies are a bright liquid life flowing around you, sharing a single heart that drives them to move all together. If the shark comes they will all escape, and leave you to be eaten.”

― Barbara Kingsolver

7.   “In my room, in the dark, I understood what I never had before, what no one else seemed to. I understood how a boy could go into the woods with a bullet and a gun and not come out. That there was no conspiracy, no evil influences or secret rituals; that sometimes there was only pain and the need to make it stop.”

― Robin Wasserman

8.   “I never wanted to be alone, but I always opted for loneliness. I am an emotional, sensitive and expressive creature. I cannot detach my feelings, never could I control. I fall in love and I can be easily broken.”

― M.F. Moonzajer

9.    “Nico didn’t respond. He’d never had anyone talk to him this openly before, except maybe for Hazel. He felt like he was watching a flock of birds settle on a field. One loud sound might startle them away.”

― Rick Riordan

10.                 “I wish to spend a lifetime near a lighthouse where loneliness will be the glimmer of luminous prancing upon ocean waves… rising and falling only for my breathing.”

― Munia Khan

11.                 “On I’ll pass,

dragging my huge love behind me.

On what

feverish night, deliria-ridden,

by what Goliaths was I begot –

I, so big

and by no one needed?”

― Vladimir Mayakovsky

12.                 “In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.”

― Carl Sagan

13.                 “Though I knew in my mind that others had felt such loss, this loss was mine, and I felt that no one would ever understand it, and to try to explain the lonliness and pain I felt would be futile.”

― Linda Hawley

14.                 “I didn’t let her go. She went. It’s not my fault.

She did it.

She could undo it.

This is feeling so famliar.

Why do we even bother? Why do we make ourselves so open to such easy damage? Is it all loneliness? Is it all fear? Of is it just to experience those narcotic moments of belonging with someone else?”

― David Levithan

15.                 “You never walk alone. Even the devil is the lord of flies.”

― Gilles Deleuze

16.                 “Here we go mother on the shipless ocean.

Pity us, pity the ocean, here we go.”

― Anne Carson

17.                 “She’d been in love with the man, and love is a scary thing. If not reciprocated, it can turn a person into a monster.”

― Michele Young-Stone

18.                 “To be alone with yourself is to be alone. To be in the company of others is to be alone together.

The only time you are not alone is when you forget yourself and reach out in love — the lines of self blur, and just for a wild, flickering moment you experience the miracle of other.

And now you know the secret.”

19.                 “She was completely alone in the world. There was no one at all for her. No one in the world who cared whether she lived or died. Sometimes the horror of that thought threatened to overwhelm her and plunge her down into a bottomless darkness from which there would be no return. If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?”

― Cassandra Clare

20.                 “She had never before minded being alone. Now she dreaded it. When she was alone now she felt so dreadfully alone.”

― L.M. Montgomery

21.                 “We all go through hard times in life. It’s a part of being alive and it’s the reality we all have to deal with. There are times we forget our value as a person because we are so blinded with these thoughts of loneliness, emptiness and ego. Somewhere along the road we become numbed with all the frustrations and dissatisfaction. But life itself isn’t always about darkness and sadness, Life is also filled with colors and that makes it beautiful. Along this path of darkness there’s always light waiting to be seen by our daunted hearts. Our heart is gifted to see this light. It may be hiding behind those circumstances that we encounter; in a stranger we just met at an unexpected place; a family who has been always there but you just ignored because of your imperfect relationship with them; it might be a long time friend you have or a friend you just met. Open your heart and you will see how blessed you are to have them all in your life. Sometimes they are the light that shines your path in some dark phases of life. Don’t lose hope”

― Chanda Kaushik

22.                 “Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.”

― Marty Rubin

23.                  “This is what it is to love an artist: The moon is always rising above your house. The houses of your neighbors look dull and lacking in moonlight. But he is always going away from you. Inside his head there is always something more beautiful.”

― Sarah Ruhl

24.                 “One will hate you for taking his life, another will run to excesses that you scorn. A third will emerge mad and raving, another a monster you cannot control. One will be jealous of your superiority, another shut you out… And the veil will always come down between you Make a legion, you will be, always and forever alone!”

― Anne Rice

25.                  “loneliness can fly a helicopter through a cut-out shape

of a helicopter the same size as the helicopter

and that’s it’s only skill

and it isn’t good enough

but it’s still amazing.”

― Tao Lin

26.                 “If only I had something to take the edge off the loneliness. If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty.”

― Nina LaCour

27.                 “These days, loneliness is the new cancer – a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”

― Gail Honeyman

28.                 “She understood how a world jammed with phones, email, and faxes could still leave you feeling utterly alone.”

― Jodi Picoult

29.                 “Language 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

30.                  “She imagined herself as some sort of vessel to be filled up with love. But it wasn’t like that. The love was within her all the time, and its only renewal came from giving it away.”

― Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

35 Feeling lonely quotes

1.     “Unpopular, lonely and loving, Elinor need not trouble, For if she were not so loving, She would not be so miserable.”

― Stevie Smith

2.    “Poems can get

sleepless too

and become

the loneliest thing

in the universe.”

― Sanober Khan

3.    “For the first time in years, he felt the deep sadness of exile, knowing that he was alone here, an outsider, and too alert to the ironies, the niceties, the manners, and indeed, the morals to be able to participate.”

― Colm Tóibín

4.    “There comes a time when something changes you… No matter the impact… Where the world no longer beats in time with you. You no longer feel amongst the fray.. And the feeling of loneliness is a brandished armor you wear the rest of your life.”

― Solange Nicole

5.     “In a world filled with people, some happy, others like me, I feel so all alone.”

― Mary B. Morrison

6.    “Loneliness is a state of feeling that can be changed.

People may still feel lonely even among the crowd.”

― Toba Beta

7.   “Now Doon seemed to care for his new friends more than he did for her. Every time she thought about him she felt a thud of pain, like a bruised place inside her.”

― Jeanne DuPrau

8.   “Twilight whippoorwill…

Whistle on, sweet deepener

Of dark loneliness”

― Bashō

9.   “Alone: for the first time I understood the terrible significance of that word. Alone without a witness, without anyone to speak to, without refuge. The breath in my body, the blood in my veins, all this hurly-burly in my head existed for nobody.”

― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

10.                 “I hate feeling like I don’t belong.”

― Erin Watt

11.                 “People run away to be alone,’ he said. Some people had to be alone.”

― William Trevor

12.                 “All we had was her room, her stories, and the quiet that settled in as we tried in vain to spread ourselves out and fill the space she’d left behind.”

― Sarah Dessen

13.                 “Are the dead as lonesome as the living?”

― Truman Capote

14.“Wolves don’t hunt singly, but always in pairs. The lone wolf was a myth.”

― John Fowles

15.                  “…Maybe instead of fire and brimstone, hell is just a feeling of loneliness”

― Amy Huntley

16.“The more books you read, the less topics you have in common with most of the people, that´s the price you pay for reading.”

― Martina Tutková

17. “Anyone who knows how scary it is to be alone, can’t help loving others.” ~Rin Sohma”

― Natsuki Takaya

18. “People are so lonely, they spend their birthdays on the Internet, thanking people for wishing them a happy birthday, people who only know it’s their birthday because Facebook told them.”

― Caroline Kepnes

19.                 “Human beings must love something, and, in the dearth of worthier objects

of affection, I contrived to find a pleasure in loving and cherishing a

faded graven image, shabby as a miniature scarecrow. It puzzles me now

to remember with what absurd sincerity I doated on this little toy, half

fancying it alive and capable of sensation. I could not sleep unless it was

folded in my night-gown; and when it lay there safe and warm, I was

comparatively happy, believing it to be happy likewise.”

― Charlotte Brontë

20.“There must be different kinds of loneliness, or at least different degrees of loneliness, but the most terrifying loneliness is not experienced by everyone and can be understood by only a few. I compare the panic in this kind of loneliness to the dog we see running frantically down the road pursuing the family car. He is not really being left behind, for the family knows it is to return, but for that moment in his limited understanding, he is being left alone forever, and he has to run and run to survive. It is no wonder that we make terrible choices in our lives to avoid loneliness.”

― Charles M. Schulz

21.                 “Where are the men?” the little prince at last took up the conversation

again. “It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ”

“It is also lonely among men,” the snake said.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

22.“Loneliness is the prison of the human spirit. When we are lonely, we pace back and forth in small, shut-in worlds.”

― John Joseph Powell

23. “It was bad enough not having a boyfriend for New Year’s Eve. Now I had to cope with Valentine datelessness, feeling consummate social pressure from every retailer in America who stuck hearts and cupids on their windows by January second to rub it in. (Thwonk)”

― Joan Bauer

24.“Loneliness is painful. But suffering is not wrong in and of itself. It’s part of the human experience, and in a way brings us closer to all people.”

― Juliette Fay

25.“I wish I could say we all lived happily ever after. I can’t. But I can say we lived. Our love for Nate lives, and he’s left us this piece of himself in his art; it was his gift to us. We know him through his art, and I can take comfort in that.

I guess the thing about high school is, it’s the moment when you start to cross from a being a kid to being an adult, and this journey to know yourself begins. Nate’s journey ended to early, and I thought I had to run away to some far-off land to start mine. But, for now, it seems to me that I have enough to explore right here. There’s a whole continent to discover in myself, and I know that it’s love – love for my parents, my friends, my brother, and my art – that will guide me. Love will be my map.”

― Lisa Ann Sandell

26.“I didn’t like anything. Maybe I was afraid. That was it – I was afraid. I wanted to sit alone in a room with the shades down. I feasted upon that. I was a crank. I was a lunatic.”

Charles Bukowski

27.“Hoyt was by himself right under one of the portable lights rigged up for the occasion. He had his hands thrust in his pockets, and he looked more serious than I’d ever seen him. There was something strange about the sight, and after a second I figured out why.

It was one of the few times I’d ever seen Hoyt alone.”

― Charlaine Harris

28.“Loneliness is a funny disease. You don’t realize how badly you’re infected until someone gives you a shot of contentment—and then it wears off”

― Brigid Kemmerer

29.“The sun loved me again when it saw that the stars would not abandon me.”

― Jenim Dibie

30.“He would say her name over and over until it devolved into meaningless sounds – mah REI kuh, mah REI kuh – it became an entry in a dictionary of loneliness.”

― Audrey Niffenegger

31.“She saw that he knew what loneliness was, that he understood why it might be raining inside a person even when the sun shone, that sadness needed no immediate cause.”

― Jan-Philipp Sendker

32. “And with that thought came a loneliness so sharp and cruel, it felt like an axe cleaving her heart in two.”

― Kristen Ciccarelli

33. “I don’t reckon misery loves any damn thing at all.”

― Bruce Machart

34. “exI feel unspeakably lonely. And I feel – drained. It is a blank state of mind and soul I cannot describe to you as I think it would not make any difference. Also it is a very private feeling I have – that of melting into a perpetual nervous breakdown. I am often questioning myself what I further want to do, who I further wish to be; which parts of me, exactly, are still functioning properly. No answers, darling. At all.”

― Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters

 “You have entered an abnormal, lonely, and unwelcome new world where you are nothing but an island of sadness.”

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40 Feeling lonely 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

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.   “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 penetrating 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

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

45 Feeling lonely 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.                  “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

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

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

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 penetrating 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

50 Feeling lonely 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.”

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.   “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. “The worst kind of loneliness in the world is isolation that comes from being misunderstood. It can make people lose their grasp on reality.”

― Shyza Chaudhry

42. “Man cries, his tears dry up and run out. So he becomes a devil, reduced to a monster.”

― Kouta Hirano

43. “Loneliness is like being the only person left alive in the

universe, except that everyone else is still here.”

― Simon Van Booy

44. “From childhood’s hour I have not been

As others were – I have not seen

As others saw – I could not bring

My passions from a common spring -”

― Edgar Allan Poe

45. “There’s a special quality to the loneliness of dusk, a melancholy more brooding even than the night’s.”

― Ed Gorman

46. “When loneliness is a constant state of being, it harkens back to a childhood wherein neglect and abandonment were the landscape of life.”

― Alexandra Katehakis

47. “From midnight to 4: 00 AM is the loneliest time in the world. Because for those of us too sad to sleep, the only thing we have to look at is an empty bed, and the only thing we have to think of is every single person who didn’t want to fill it tonight.”

― Lone Alaskan Gypsy

48. “Why were we so far apart, even when we were together? It was a nice loneliness, like the sensation of washing your face in cold water.”

― Banana Yoshimoto

49. “There were people everywhere but no one was mine, and I was no one’s.”

― Gregory Maguire

50. “you’re ignoring me so loud that it’s deafening.

This silence is so deep that it’s echoing.”

― Anna Jae

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Loneliness can be hard to bear, but it can be enjoyed at the same time.

See loneliness as an old friend who came to visit, talk, draw your attention on the things that you’ve missed or haven’t done in a while.

Alone time is a great opportunity to reconnect to your true self. 

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