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loneliness Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about loneliness
  1. #1
    “Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.”
  2. #2
    “Men subjected to dehumanizing treatment experience profound wretchedness and loneliness and find that hope is almost impossible to retain.”
  3. #3
    ″ ‘Why can’t I have someone to talk to?’ I said. The stars said nothing, but I pretended to ignore the rudeness. ‘The Shaper has people to talk to,’ I said. I wrung my fingers. ‘Hrothgar has people to talk to.’ ”
  4. #4
    If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.
  5. #5
    “I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.”
  6. #6
    “Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.”
  7. #7
    “My momma and poppa appeared from the shadows. They flew to me and wrapped their arms around me and cooled my face with their ghost tears.”
  8. #8
    “Oh, how hard it is to be the only one who knows the truth!”
  9. #9
    “Yet even in the loneliness of the canyon I knew there were others like me who had brothers they did not understand but wanted to help. We are probably those referred to as “our brothers’ keepers,” possessed of one of the oldest and possibly one of the most futile and certainly one of the most haunting of instincts. It will not let us go.”
  10. #10
    “I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it’s good for me.”
  11. #11
    “It wasn’t just that she missed her friends; she was starting to wonder if she needed them around to feel like she existed at all.”
  12. #12
    “Leave my loneliness unbroken”
  13. #13
    “He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable”
  14. #14
    “And Edmund for the first time in this story felt sorry for someone besides himself. It seemed so pitiful to think of those little stone figures sitting there all the silent days and all the dark nights, year after year, till the moss grew on them and at last even their faces crumbled away.”
  15. #15
    “It might be lonelier
    Without the Loneliness”
  1. #16
    “I close my eyes, this is what I’ve been dreading. As we leave the last stop, I am the only person sitting alone.”
  2. #17
    “We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless.”
  3. #18
    “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”
  4. #19
    “Nobody tells me. Nobody keeps me informed. I make it 17 days come Friday since anybody spoke to me.”
  5. #20
    “Loneliness, far from being a rare and curious circumstance, is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of man.”
  6. #21
    “You don’t have to teach me to write,” said Zero. “Just to read. I don’t have anybody to write to.”
    “Sorry,” Stanley said again.
    His muscles and hands weren’t the only parts of his body that had toughened over the past several weeks. His heart had hardened as well.
  7. #22
    “I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or
    wake at night alone,
    I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
    I am to see to it that I do not lose you.”
  8. #23
    “I stand in front of the mirror and study my face.…It is the face of a sad, lonely girl something bad has happened to. I wonder if my face will ever look the same again, or if I’ll always see it in my reflection - Finch, Eleanor, loss, heartache, guilt, death.”
  9. #24
    “I take it back, Woodrow,” Augustus said. “I have no doubt you’ll miss me. You’ll probably die of boredom this winter and I’ll never get to Clara’s orchard
  10. #25
    “Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful!”
  11. #26
    “No one should be alone in their old age, he thought.”
  12. #27
    “They have never known pain, he thought. The realization made him feel desperately lonely.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    painloneliness
  13. #28
    “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
  14. #29
    She stopped and listened to him and somehow his cheerful, friendly little whistle gave her a pleased feeling—even a disagreeable little girl may be lonely, and the big closed house and big bare moor and big bare gardens had made this one feel as if there was no one left in the world but herself.
  15. #30
    “Please don’t talk to me about isolation. No one has to tell me how it changes a person. I have lived it. I am isolation.

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  1. #31
    “If anyone would understand loneliness, the moon would.”
  2. #32
    “How much do you trade to defeat loneliness?”
  3. #33
    “She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone. Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”
  4. #34
    “Loneliness has a compass of its own.”
  5. #35
    “She laughed for his sake, something she’d never done. Giving away another piece of herself just to have someone else.”
  6. #36
    People don’t like these facts, but I can’t help that. If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.
  7. #37
    “He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and wilful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.”
  8. #38
    “She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there – like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.”
  9. #39
    “When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.”
  10. #40
    “His wealth is of no use to him. He don’t do any good with it. . . . I am sorry for him; I couldn’t be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims! Himself, always.”
  11. #41
    “Loneliness will sit over our roofs with brooding wings.”
  12. #42
    “She was scraping at the mud on her bare legs. ‘I just wanted to find you, so you wouldn’t be so lonesome.’ She hung her head. ‘But I got too scared.‘”
  13. #43
    “Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.”
  14. #44
    “‘If only, if only,‘” the woodpecker sighs, ‘The bark on the tree was just a little bit softer.’ While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, he cries to the moo-oo-oon, ‘If only, if only.‘”
  15. #45
    “...I realized that I knew less about loneliness than I had thought - and much less than I would know when he went away.”
  1. #46
    “He suffered ever the same unceasing agonies and in his loneliness pondered always on the same insoluble question: ‘What is this? Can it be that it is Death?’ And the inner voice answered: ‘Yes, it is Death.‘”
  2. #47
    “It was that nigh that I discovered that most things that you consider evil or wicked are simply lonely, and lacking in the social niceties.”
  3. #48
    “What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”
  4. #49
    “With nothing left, she would ... cling to that which had robbed her, as people will. ”
  5. #50
    “At last they could pity Miss Emily. Being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized. ”
  6. #51
    “Yet, in reason, no man should possess him
    with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it,
    should dishearten his army.”
  7. #52
    “Many people suffer because of the false supposition on which they have based their lives. That supposition is that there should be no fear or loneliness, no confusion or doubt. But these sufferings can only be dealt with creatively when they are understood as wounds integral to our human condition. ”
  8. #53
    “Who can listen to a story of loneliness and despair without taking the risk of experiencing similar pains in his own heart and even losing his precious peace of mind?”
  9. #54
    “When someone comes with his loneliness to the minister, he can only expect that his loneliness will be understood and felt, so that he no longer has to run away from it but can accept it as an expression of his basic human condition.”
  10. #55
    “I half expected someone to be home. As far as I knew, Isaac had lived by himself. But you never know.”
  11. #56
    “She always camouflaged herself as a crowd. I’ve never been lonely, she said, but sometimes it’s hard to think above the noise.”
  12. #57
    “When we narrow our focus, the problem seems everything. We forget when we were lonely, dreaming of a partner. We forget first beholding the beauty of another. We forget the comfort of first being seen and held and heard. When our view shuts down, we’re up in the night annoyed by the way our lover pulls the covers or leaves the dishes in the sink without soaking them first.”
  13. #58
    “It was long past midnight when at last Marguerite retired to rest. As she had feared, sleep sedulously avoided her eyes. Her thoughts were of the blackest during these long, weary hours, whilst that incessant storm raged which was keeping her away from Percy.”
  14. #59
    “And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”
  15. #60
    “I thought about Hailsham closing, and how it was like someone coming along with a pair of shears and snipping the balloon strings just where they entwined above the man’s fist. Once that happened, there’d be no real sense in which those balloons belonged with each other any more.”

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  1. #61
    “I miss you this morning just as I have missed you every day for the last nine years. I’m tired of being alone.”
  2. #62
    “At night, when I am alone, I call for you, and whenever my ache seems to be the greatest, you still seem to find a way to return to me.”
  3. #63
    “It’s a strange thing, becoming an orphan at sixteen. To lose your family long before you’ve had time to create your own to replace it. It’s a very specific sort of loneliness.”
  4. #64
    “‘You’re a sad little hermit, and it creeps me out. So get dressed. We’re going bowling.’”
  5. #65
    “The town looked lonely, and it made me sad. Somehow the magic was gone, without her.”
  6. #66
    “He looked at Kaz Brekker, a boy whose only cause was himself. Still, he was a survivor, and his own kind of soldier.”
  7. #67
    “Look deeply into your disappointments, examine your heartache, interrogate your longing, probe your loneliness, meditate honestly on the elements of love of which you are still ignorant, and you will discover that the void within you is already filled with the desire for fulfillment. Your yearning itself is an internal guidance system that is moving you to become a lover.”
  8. #68
    “It’s terrible not to have a friend. I’m so lonely and so alone. I think it’s worse on weekends than during the week, but I don’t know. It’s pretty bad all the time.”
  9. #69
    “A raindrop just splashed on my forehead and it was like a tear from heaven. Are the clouds and the skies really weeping over me? Am I really alone in the whole wide gray world?”
  10. #70
    “I don’t know what the hell I’m workin’ for. Sometimes I sit in my apartment—all alone. And I think of the rent I’m paying. And it’s crazy. But then, it’s what I always wanted. My own apartment, a car, plenty of women, and still, goddamnit, I’m lonely.”
  11. #71
    “His youth seemed never so vanished as now in the contrast between the utter loneliness of this visit and that riotous, joyful party of four years before.”
  12. #72
    “I know myself . . . but that is all.”
  13. #73
    “But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.”
  14. #74
    “In my loneliness it comforts me to think that the world’s doors, however closed, are never truly locked to me.”
  15. #75
    “I shut myself in because I’m lonely. Because I don’t want to face any more loneliness.”
  1. #76
    “I left the library. Crossing the street, I was hit head-on by a brutal loneliness. I felt dark and hollow. Abandoned, unnoticed, forgotten. I stood on the sidewalk a nothing, a gathering of dust.”
  2. #77
    “Great marriages cannot be constructed by individuals who are terrified by their basic aloneness, as so commonly is the case, and seek a merging in marriage. Genuine love not only respects the individuality of the other but actually seeks to cultivate it, even at the risk of separation or loss.”
  3. #78
    “The recovery room turned silent; everyone stared. Bruno groaned and turned toward the wall. That night I put him to bed. Bruno, I said. So sorry, he said. So selfish. I sighed and turned to go. Stay with me! he cried.”
  4. #79
    “She asked me to make a copy of her key. I was happy for her. That she wouldn’t be alone anymore. It’s not that I felt sorry for myself. And yet. I made two copies. One I gave to her, and one I kept. For a long time I carried it in my pocket. To pretend.”
  5. #80
    “Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.”
  6. #81
    My despair is less despair than boredom and loneliness.
  7. #82
    “Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”
  8. #83
    “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”
  9. #84
    “People living alone get used to loneliness.”
  10. #85
    “I’m telling you. People come and go in this Forest, and they say, ‘It’s only Eeyore, so it doesn’t count.’”
  11. #86
    ″[T]he night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.”
  12. #87
    “She wanted to bottle how safe she felt in this moment, so she could drink of it later when loneliness and fear left her parched.”
  13. #88
    These days, loneliness is the new cancer—a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.
  14. #89
    A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a woman who’s wholly alone occasionally talks to a pot plant, is she certifiable? I think that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It’s not as though I’m expecting a reply. I’m fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.
  15. #90
    When the silence and the aloneness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.
  1. #91
    “What good did it do to light the world on fire if she had to watch the glow alone?”
  2. #92
    “Then he left her there, standing alone, surrounded by word ghosts; things she could have said.”
  3. #93
    Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God. My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come.
  4. #94
    “For you, in my respect, are all the world.
    Then how can it be said I am alone
    When all the world is here to look on me?”
  5. #95
    “A guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions.”
  6. #96
    “I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time.”
  7. #97
    “And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”
  8. #98
    “I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.”
  9. #99
    “All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.”
  10. #100
    “When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”
  11. #101
    “To-morrow I will not tremble,” thought he; “I will enjoy all my splendor, and I shall hear the story of Humpty Dumpty again, and perhaps Ivede-Avede.” And the tree remained quiet and thoughtful all night. In the morning the servants and the housemaid came in. “Now,” thought the fir, “all my splendor is going to begin again.” But they dragged him out of the room and up stairs to the garret, and threw him on the floor, in a dark corner, where no daylight shone, and there they left him.
  12. #102
    So the tree was completely hidden from sight as if it had never existed. “It is winter now,” thought the tree, “the ground is hard and covered with snow, so that people cannot plant me. I shall be sheltered here, I dare say, until spring comes. How thoughtful and kind everybody is to me! Still I wish this place were not so dark, as well as lonely, with not even a little hare to look at. How pleasant it was out in the forest while the snow lay on the ground, when the hare would run by, yes, and jump over me too, although I did not like it then. Oh! it is terrible lonely here.”
  13. #103
    “We live as we dream--alone....”
  14. #104
    “But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself and, by heavens I tell you, it had gone mad.”
  15. #105
    “I couldn’t have felt more of lonely desolation somehow, had I been robbed of a belief or had missed my destiny in life...”
  1. #106
    “I felt very lonely when they were all there.”
  2. #107
    The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.
  3. #108
    “How can I live without thee, how forgoe
    Thy sweet Converse and Love so dearly joyn’d?”
  4. #109
    Solitude is a sad thing, with no heart to which to confide your griefs.
  5. #110
    “This was an insane plan and somehow it worked! I’m going to be talking to someone again. I spent three months as the loneliest man in history and it’s finally over.”
  6. #111
    “I never realized how utterly silent Mars is. It’s a desert world with practically no atmosphere to convey sound. I could hear my own heartbeat.”
  7. #112
    “Had I one friend, —or were it my worst enemy! —to whom, when sickened with the praises of all other men, I could daily betake myself, and be known as the vilest of all sinners, methinks my soul might keep itself alive thereby. Even thus much of truth would save me! But now, it is all falsehood! —all emptiness! —all death!”
  8. #113
    “Mars is a barren wasteland and I am completely alone here. I already knew that, of course. But there’s a difference between knowing it and really experiencing it.”
  9. #114
    “I knew medicine only by its absence—specifically, the absence of a father growing up, one who went to work before dawn and returned in the dark to a plate of reheated dinner.”
  10. #115
    “I’m left with a loneliness so overpowering it threatens to seep from my eyes. I have no one. Unfortunately, that’s not fantasy. That’s all-natural, 100 percent organic, unprocessed, reality.”
  11. #116
    “So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale
    Filled all the desert with inviolable voice
    And still she cried, and still the world pursues,
    “Jug Jug” to dirty ears.”
  12. #117
    “Back then, in those first days, I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart.”
  13. #118
    “It is hard,--hard to work always--always alone with never a friend you can have in honour, and the love that is offered means the streets, the boulevard--when passion is dead. I know it,--we know it,--we others who have nothing,--have no one, and who give ourselves, unquestioning--heart and soul, knowing the end.”
  14. #119
    “I drink out of desperation. Life is too dreary to endure. The misery, loneliness, crampedness - they’re heartbreaking.”
  15. #120
    “D is for Substance D. ‘D’ is dumbness, and despair, desertion-desertion of you from your friends, your friends from you, everyone from everyone. Isolation and loneliness... and hating and suspecting each other, ‘D’ is finally death. Slow death from the head down. Well... that’s it.”
  16. #121
    “No matter how far you are separated from other people if you have an idea of time why then you are in the same world with them you are part of them but if you lose time the others go ahead of you and you are left alone hanging in air lost to everything forever.”
  17. #122
    “He was so cut off from them that even if they were standing beside his bed they would be as distant as if they were ten thousand miles away.”
  18. #123
    “Love ends their long loneliness. Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”
  19. #124
    “If we don’t have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness.”
  20. #125
    “You sense my loneliness, (...) my bitterness at being shut out of life. My bitterness that I’m evil, that I don’t deserve to be loved and yet I need love hungrily. My horror that I can never reveal myself to mortals.”
  21. #126
    “Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow.”
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