Quotes About Loneliness

As I continue my research into loneliness and its solutions, I'm compiling quotes about loneliness here.

Jodi Picoult, in her book “My Sister’s Keeper”, explores the complex nature of solitude and society’s role in it:

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

F. Scott Fitzgerald captures a poignant moment of loneliness, emphasizing its profound impact:

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur C. Clarke's quote presents an existential perspective:

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Arthur C. Clarke

Douglas Coupland, in "Shampoo Planet", points out the irony of loneliness:

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”

Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe offers a poetic perspective on solitude and beauty.

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Maya Angelou shares how music served as her refuge during times of loneliness:

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

Maya Angelou

Rumi encourages introspection and self-discovery as a remedy for loneliness:

“There is nothing outside of yourself. Look within. Everything you want is there.”


Maxime Lagacé views loneliness as an opportunity for reconnection:

“The loneliness you feel is actually an opportunity to reconnect with others and yourself.”

Maxime Lagacé

Paul Tillich differentiates between loneliness and solitude, offering a nuanced understanding of being alone:

“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone, and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.”

Pau Tillich

Jean-Paul Sartre presents a thought-provoking perspective on solitude and self-companionship:

"If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company."

Jean-Paul Sartre

Albert Einstein reflects on the paradox of fame and loneliness:

"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."

Albert Einstein

Jean de La Fontaine offers a critique of man’s refusal to accept his true nature:

"Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is."

Jean de La Fontaine

Carl Jung emphasizes the importance of communication in mitigating feelings of loneliness:

"Loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible."

Carl Jung

Orson Welles explores the role of love and friendship in our solitary existence:

"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."

Orson Welles

Mother Teresa highlights the emotional poverty associated with loneliness and the feeling of being unloved:

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."

Mother Teresa

Back to F. Scott Fitzgerald, who expresses the struggle of keeping oneself amused due to lack of interesting companionship:

"You don't know what a trial it is to be — like me. I've got to keep myself amused all the time mostly for lack of somebody that'd make all my life as interesting as books are."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Wolfe suggests that loneliness is an inevitable part of human existence, implying it’s a shared human experience

"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."

Thomas Wolfe

May Sarton differentiates between loneliness and solitude by associating loneliness with self-poverty and solitude with self-richness:

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self."

May Sarton

Anaïs Nin emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance and belonging to oneself

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself."
Anaïs Nin

Aldous Huxley suggests that original and powerful minds are more inclined towards solitude, implying that solitude can foster creativity and independent thinking:

"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude."
Aldous Huxley

Paul Tillich points out how language has created separate words for the pain of being alone (loneliness) and the glory of being alone (solitude), highlighting how our perception of being alone can vary based on our emotional state:

"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

Virginia Woolf expresses the discomfort caused by people’s dilemma on whether to acknowledge her condition or not, suggesting that societal reactions can amplify feelings of loneliness:

"I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they'll 'say something about it' or not. I hate if they do, and if they don't."
Virginia Woolf

Celebrity is a double-edged sword!

Biblical references to loneliness

Loneliness is a universal human experience, something that many of us grapple with at various points in our lives. The Bible, in its timeless wisdom, offers insights and consolations for those moments of isolation.

The promise of God's constant presence is a recurring theme throughout the Bible. This verse from Deuteronomy assures believers that God is always ahead of them, guiding their path and offering protection. It's a reminder that even in moments of doubt or fear, one is never truly alone.

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." — Deuteronomy 31:8

The Psalmist acknowledges the harsh reality that sometimes even those closest to us might abandon us. Yet, there's hope in the unwavering acceptance and embrace of the Lord.

"Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me." — Psalm 27:10

This heartfelt plea from the Psalmist underscores the raw emotion of loneliness. It's a candid call to God, seeking His grace in times of distress.

"Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted." — Psalm 25:16

This verse from Psalms illuminates the idea that God has a special plan for the lonely. He places them in communities (families) where they can find warmth and companionship.

"God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land." — Psalm 68:6

Jesus, in this passage from John, offers reassurance. He promises His continuous presence, ensuring that His followers will never feel abandoned.

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." — John 14:18

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved in the Bible. This particular verse conveys the comforting presence of God, even in life's most challenging moments.

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." — Psalm 23:4

Isaiah speaks of God's protective nature. No matter the adversity – be it waters, rivers, or fire – God's presence ensures safety and protection.

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." — Isaiah 43:2

Paul's letter to the Romans emphasizes the inseparability of believers from God's love. External forces, no matter how powerful, cannot sever this divine bond.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." — Romans 8:38-39

Once again, from Deuteronomy, believers are encouraged to be strong and fearless, bolstered by the knowledge that God is ever-present.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." — Deuteronomy 31:6

Jesus's words in the Gospel of Matthew reaffirm the eternal nature of His presence. This assurance is especially comforting to those who might feel abandoned or isolated.

"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." — Matthew 28:20b

In these verses, the Bible offers solace, hope, and a profound sense of companionship. In moments of loneliness, turning to these passages can provide the spiritual nourishment one seeks.


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