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

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