Solitude is independence.
– Hermann Hesse
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
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
– Laurence Sterne
One can be instructed in society; one is inspired only in solitude.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
– Paul Tillich
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
The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
– Aldous Huxley
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
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude,
and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
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
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
– Albert Einstein
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Great moments of solitude!! Wow!
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Wonderful pictures. solitude is indeed a fulfillment of the soul.
Solitude is Freedom
Magnificent exposition of the concept of Solitude
Magnificent exposition of the concept of Solitude
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These are beautiful images and very inspiring.
Beautiful images as always! What a lovely study of solitude. Awe inspiring.
Loving the runner in Italy!
beautiful images, and am in complete agreement. Solitude is strength, the mob- weakness….love it!
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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!
Gorgeous and I couldn’t agree more…solitude is a wonderful thing.
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
Always inspiring, primarily with your fantastic images, but also with your text.
I can’t say anything
just say oh my.
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Stunning, the quotes, but most of all the shots…oh my!!!
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Areal message of the drawing deep that comes from solitude
“whoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god” -Aristotle
Stunning work Steve, keep inspiring
All of them are incredibly stunning!
People and their animals. That is the best kind of solitude.
In general people think one is alone, when one is delighted in solitude. 🙂
Your photographs made me realize how much I miss my own place of solitude; your quotes encouraged me to look for it. Thank you 🙂
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Wonderful pictures and comments. Thank you.
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.
the colors of life,steve mccurry,beautiful
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.
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.
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!
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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
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.
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.
Your work is pure inspiration…
Solitude in different manifestations beautifully illustrated….