Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.
Solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows. The really diligent student in one of the crowded hives of Cambridge College is as solitary as a dervisdh in the desert.
People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were too scared of being alone.
Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.
Often a man wishes to be alone and 1a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others.
Love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away, you write, and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.[Lieben Sie Ihre Einsamkeit, und tragen Sie den Schmerz, den sie Ihnen verursacht, mit schön klingender Klage. Denn die Ihnen nahe sind, sind fern, sagen Sie, und das zeigt, daß es anfängt, weit um Sie zu werden.]
It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.[Es ist gut, einsam zu sein, denn Einsamkeit ist schwer; daß etwas schwer ist, muß uns ein Grund mehr sein, es zu tun.]
In solitude there groweth what any one bringeth into it – also the brute in one’s nature. Thus is solitude inadvisable unto many.[In der Einsamkeit wächst, was Einer in sie bringt, auch das innere Vieh. Solchergestalt widerräth sich Vielen die Einsamkeit.]