Solitude is independence.
Silence and solitude are more distracting to me than chatter and commotion.
Introverts like being introverts. We are drawn to ideas, we are passionate observers, and for us, solitude is rich and generative.
I owe my solitude to other people.
We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Only a great genius like the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell can be mother, wife and novelist without solitude. I couldn't write until my youngest child went to school, and then I began - the first morning - and I've never stopped.
In solitude we become aware that we were together before we came together and that life is not a creation of our will but rather an obedient response to the reality of our being united.
Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself.
People who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much.
A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
During my solitude, conflicting thoughts increased; but much exercise of soul had the effect of causing the scriptures to gain complete ascendancy over me.
For me, writing a novel goes on for years, and the solitude goes on, too. It tends to swallow me at times. I know it's a problem when my husband sends the dog in to retrieve me.
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