The Power of Solitude

Solitude is independence.
– Hermann Hesse

Philippines

When you acknowledge the integrity of your solitude,
and settle into its mystery, your relationships with others take on a new
warmth, adventure and wonder.
– John O’Donohue

India
India

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
– Laurence Sterne

Vietnam

One can be instructed in society; one is inspired only in solitude.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

New York City, USA
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone;
solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
– Paul Tillich
 

Tibetan Pilgrim

 

Nepal
India

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult;
that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

France
Mexico
Italy

The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
– Aldous Huxley

Sri Lanka

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness.
The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
– Paul Brunton

Japan
Italy
United States

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
– Aristotle

Ethiopia
Paraguay

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude,
and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

Italy
Afghanistan
Morocco

Since the time of St. Jerome, it was mandatory for any kind of scholar or thinker
to spend time out in the desert in solitude. It’s no coincidence that the desert has been
a major part of the visionary or mystical experience from the beginning of time.
– Bill Viola

New Zealand

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
– Albert Einstein

***
We invite you to follow us on Instagram.
https://www.instagram.com/stevemccurryofficial/

49 thoughts on “The Power of Solitude

  1. Beautiful images as always. I do love that many of the photos include animals. I think their quiet acceptance and unconditional love can bring an almost spiritual component to solitude. I know they do that for me. The quotes you have chosen accompany your photos perfectly. Thank you for another wonderful share!

  2. Thanks to sharing. Wonderful! A beautiful italian song describe very good Solitude. Songwriter Fabrizio DeAndre’. Search by Title “Anime Salve” – “Saved Souls”. Click on deandretranslated.blogspot.it

  3. This is one of your best posts. Perhaps I think this, because I so much appreciate my solitude now that I am in my autumn years. Thank you for this wonderful inspiration.

  4. Solitude beautifully illustrated with the most outstanding images. Thank you again Stevebhai
    The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

  5. Beautifully done.

    Another comment referenced the animals in many of the pictures. It struck me how interesting it would be to see a series that shows people with their dogs, cats, or horses.

  6. I cherish my solitude. I don’t understand people who must be constantly jabbering or being around others. These are the ones who like to dictate what others do, and that is NOT right. Love your posts and the photos as well!

  7. Only Steve could come up with so many different frames that define solitude. Its not just an inspiration, but an eye-opener, in a world of chaos, to the universe of solitude

  8. Magnifique série. En regardant avec attention ces photos, nous pouvons avoir la sensation d’être le personnage dans la photo, dans un fantastique décor. Merci.

  9. As a person who has spent a great deal of time in solitude, I found this series of photos particularly interesting. As usual I was moved by the images and the collection of accompanying quotes. But I was surprised by how many of the images included animals along with the “solitary” human beings. Surely animals are good company, and their presence makes a difference to our solitariness. I could imagine a different series of photos that had people who were alone without animals…that might be equally interesting. Thanks, Steve.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s