Quotes and Sayings about Loneliness



"I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality, while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Life, Strength, Being, Cinema, Loneliness, Reality)

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Music, Loneliness, Space)

"It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world s progress has come out of such loneliness."
- Bruce Barton
(Related: Progress, Loneliness, Man, World)

"Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole."
- Vicki Baum
(Related: Success, Fame, Loneliness, Lonely)

"Oh, this absolute loneliness and the game - loving to play the game, loving to go and tell stories to men that certainly weren't true, just for the sport of it, just to see how they would react."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Men, Loneliness, Play)

"Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact."
- Martha Beck
(Related: Connection, Loneliness, Proof)

"When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Friendship, Men, Loneliness, Open, Space, World)

"Writing is an antidote for loneliness."
- Steven Berkoff
(Related: Loneliness, Writing)

"No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness."
- Georges Bernanos
(Related: Loneliness)

"But the West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Loneliness, Mind, Old)

"A blank wall of social and professional antagonism faces the woman physician that forms a situation of singular and painful loneliness, leaving her without support, respect or professional counsel."
- Elizabeth Blackwell
(Related: Faces, Loneliness, Respect, Support, Woman)

"It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony."
- Benjamin Britten
(Related: Beauty, Music, Nature, Love, Strength, Disappointment, Freedom, Loneliness)

"Loneliness is the ultimate poverty."
- Abigail Van Buren
(Related: Loneliness, Poverty)

"Anger is a manifestation of a deeper issue... and that, for me, is based on insecurity, self-esteem and loneliness."
- Naomi Campbell
(Related: Anger, Insecurity, Loneliness, Self)

"I think I'd like to be able to heal people's pain, whether it is hunger, loneliness or whatever."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: People, Hunger, Loneliness, Pain)

"If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: Loneliness)

"People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in."
- Margaret Cho
(Related: People, Friends, Loneliness, State)

"I believe a lot of disease comes from anxiety, loneliness."
- Tom Cochrane
(Related: Anxiety, Disease, Loneliness)

"Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people."
- Joan Collins
(Related: People, Loneliness)

"Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Hugs, Illusion, Loneliness, Lonely, Memory, Terror, Word)

"Loneliness seems to have become the great American disease."
- John Corry
(Related: American, Disease, Loneliness)

"A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Loneliness, Man, Woman)

"Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Politics, Religion, Sex, Forget, Loneliness)

"The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness."
- Norman Cousins
(Related: Being, Loneliness, Quest)

"Fame doesn't end loneliness."
- Claire Danes
(Related: End, Fame, Loneliness)

"Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Acting, Loneliness)

"We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community."
- Dorothy Day
(Related: Community, Loneliness)

"Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness."
- Indra Devi
(Related: Fear, Freedom, Loneliness, Practice, Yoga)

"The surest sign of age is loneliness."
- Annie Dillard
(Related: Age, Loneliness)

"Music was invented to confirm human loneliness."
- Lawrence Durrell
(Related: Music, Loneliness)

"I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything."
- Lawrence Durrell
(Related: Time, Journey, Loneliness, Night, Yield)

"What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?"
- George Eliot
(Related: Distrust, Loneliness, Lonely)

"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self."
- Brendan Francis
(Related: Deep, Loneliness, Self, Yearning)

"I would have to say loneliness is next to uncleanliness."
- Janeane Garofalo
(Related: Loneliness)

"In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it."
- Alberto Giacometti
(Related: Thought, People, Fact, Loneliness, Now, Past, Reason, Talk)

"The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Beginning, End, Loneliness, Talk, Thinking)

"Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate."
- Germaine Greer
(Related: Loneliness)

"Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Loneliness, May)

"What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Burden, Loneliness)

"Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Friendship, Loneliness, Needs, Solitude, Words)

"There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while."
- Tom Hanks
(Related: Being, Difference, Loneliness, Solitude)

"A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men - and people in general."
- Lorraine Hansberry
(Related: Men, People, Challenge, Loneliness, Potential, Risk, Woman)

"Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed."
- Thomas Harris
(Related: Greed, Loneliness, Nothing)

"There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Failure, Loneliness)

"When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life."
- Whitney Houston
(Related: Life, Mother, Loneliness)

"The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it."
- John Huston
(Related: Day, Loneliness, World)

"My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness."
- Enrique Iglesias
(Related: Friendship, Inspiration, Loneliness, Woman)

"There were times when I had great times with my brothers, pillow fights and things, but I was, used to always cry from loneliness."
- Michael Jackson
(Related: Brothers, Loneliness)

"If you write fiction, you're by yourself. There are certain advantages to that in that you don't have to explain anything to anybody. But when you get in with others who share the loneliness of the whole enterprise, you're not lonely anymore."
- Denis Johnson
(Related: Fiction, Loneliness, Lonely)

"My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Alcohol, Companionship, Drugs, Force, Loneliness, Will)

"I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create."
- Yousuf Karsh
(Related: Men, Ability, Loneliness, Lonely)

"The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Loneliness, Nixon)

"Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the conditions of a writer's life."
- Jerzy Kosinski
(Related: Life, Loneliness, Writer)

"Being a good host offsets the deprivation and loneliness of my youth."
- Alan Ladd
(Related: Being, Loneliness, Youth)

"The only place I've felt was really my home is my cabin up north. There's something in the water there that connects me to that place. There's also this sense of isolation and loneliness about it that I've never been able to shake."
- Jessica Lange
(Related: Home, Isolation, Loneliness, Sense, Water)

"The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject. It's stimulating loneliness."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Related: Loneliness, Sea)

"Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness."
- Amy Lowell
(Related: Loneliness, Pity)

"Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone."
- Ferdinand Marcos
(Related: Leadership, Act, Acting, Loneliness)

"I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen."
- Carson McCullers
(Related: People, Loneliness)

"Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: Vision, Act, Desire, Fulfillment, Infinity, Labor, Limits, Loneliness, Obscurity)

"If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds."
- Alice Meynell
(Related: Crowds, Eyes, Loneliness)

"An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Artist, Loneliness, Needs)

"The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone."
- Ashley Montagu
(Related: Family, Country, Loneliness, Television)

"The loneliness is when you pick up and move, even if you are not originally from that place, and you have some memories that you want to embrace. Having a life in transit, I feel like you are always looking out the back window."
- Ajay Naidu
(Related: Life, Loneliness, Memories, Want)

"There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast, open sky and loneliness and cold."
- Ajay Naidu
(Related: America, Europe, Loneliness, Open, Sense, Sky)

"Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not."
- Anna Neagle
(Related: Loneliness, Solitude)

"Man's loneliness is but his fear of life."
- Eugene O'Neill
(Related: Life, Fear, Loneliness, Man)

"Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better."
- Henry Rollins
(Related: Beauty, Life, Loneliness, Night)

"Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Desire, Loneliness)

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self."
- May Sarton
(Related: Loneliness, Poverty, Richness, Self, Solitude)

"I like being alone and I think this movie, as much as it is an investigation of connection and people bonding, I also think it's just as much about loneliness."
- Jason Schwartzman
(Related: People, Being, Connection, Investigation, Loneliness)

"As far as loneliness, I feel Los Angeles and its layout, having to drive everywhere - it is a lonely place. It's an isolated city in that respect because you're driving to places alone listening to the radio."
- Jason Schwartzman
(Related: Driving, Listening, Loneliness, Lonely, Respect)

"We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Dying, Loneliness)

"I really love baseball. The guys and the game, and I love the challenge of describing things. The only thing I hate - and I know you have to be realistic and pay the bills in this life - is the loneliness on the road."
- Vin Scully
(Related: Life, Love, Baseball, Challenge, Hate, Loneliness, Road)

"The sky is one whole, the water another; and between those two infinities the soul of man is in loneliness."
- Henryk Sienkiewicz
(Related: Soul, Loneliness, Man, Sky, Water)

"The dominant feeling of the battlefield is loneliness."
- William J. Slim
(Related: Feeling, Loneliness)

"In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Inexplicable, Loneliness, Writer)

"To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be."
- Anna Louise Strong
(Related: Love, Cause, Loneliness, Quest, Worth)

"You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one."
- Theodore Sturgeon
(Related: Loneliness)

"Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay."
- William Styron
(Related: Loneliness, Reading, State)

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Being, Feeling, Loneliness, Poverty)

"Loneliness is the most terrible poverty."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Loneliness, Poverty)

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Being, Feeling, Loneliness, Poverty)

"There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage."
- Alexander Theroux
(Related: Marriage, Loneliness)

"Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Being, Glory, Language, Pain, Word)

"Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Being, Glory, Language, Loneliness, Pain, Solitude, Word)

"Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Being, Glory, Loneliness, Pain, Solitude)

"Hollywood is loneliness beside the swimming pool."
- Liv Ullmann
(Related: Hollywood, Loneliness)

"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."
- Kurt Vonnegut
(Related: People, Disease, Loneliness, Today)

"The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account."
- Alice Walker
(Related: Society, People, Vision, Loneliness, Radical)

"The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Loneliness)

"Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there."
- Joss Whedon
(Related: Loneliness)

"Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man."
- Thomas Wolfe
(Related: Experience, Loneliness, Man)

"The surest cure for vanity is loneliness."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: Cure, Loneliness, Vanity)

"The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: Life, Men, Belief, Being, Conviction, Existence, Fact, Loneliness, Now)