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Loneliness Quotes

50 of the best book quotes about loneliness
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “Loneliness has a compass of its own.”
  3. #3
    “I felt very lonely when they were all there.”
  4. #4
    “All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.”
  5. #5
    “I’m telling you. People come and go in this Forest, and they say, ‘It’s only Eeyore, so it doesn’t count.’”
  6. #6
    “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”
  7. #7
    “It might be lonelier
    Without the Loneliness”
  8. #8
    “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.”
  1. #9
    “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.”
  2. #10
    “Nobody tells me. Nobody keeps me informed. I make it 17 days come Friday since anybody spoke to me.”
  3. #11
    The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.
  4. #12
    “I couldn’t have felt more of lonely desolation somehow, had I been robbed of a belief or had missed my destiny in life...”
  5. #13
    “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.”
  6. #14
    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.
  7. #15
    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.
  8. #16
    “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.”
  1. #17
    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.
  2. #18
    “If anyone would understand loneliness, the moon would.”
  3. #19
    “How much do you trade to defeat loneliness?”
  4. #20
    “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.
  5. #21
    “She laughed for his sake, something she’d never done. Giving away another piece of herself just to have someone else.”
  6. #22
    “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.”
  7. #23
    “People living alone get used to loneliness.”
  8. #24
    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.”
  1. #25
    “I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.”
  2. #26
    “Leave my loneliness unbroken”
  3. #27
    “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.”
  4. #28
    “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.”
  5. #29
    “A guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions.”
  6. #30
    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.
  7. #31
    “We live as we dream--alone....”
  8. #32
    “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.
  1. #33
    “Loneliness will sit over our roofs with brooding wings.”
  2. #34
    “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?”
  3. #35
    “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.”
  4. #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.
  5. #37
    “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.”
  6. #38
    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.
  7. #39
    “I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it’s good for me.”
  8. #40
    ″[T]he night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.”
  1. #41
    “No one should be alone in their old age, he thought.”
  2. #42
    “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
  3. #43
    “They have never known pain, he thought. The realization made him feel desperately lonely.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    LonelinessPain
  4. #44
    “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.”
  5. #45
    “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.”
  6. #46
    “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.”
  7. #47
    “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.”
  8. #48
    “What good did it do to light the world on fire if she had to watch the glow alone?”
  1. #49
    “Then he left her there, standing alone, surrounded by word ghosts; things she could have said.”
  2. #50
    “How can I live without thee, how forgoe
    Thy sweet Converse and Love so dearly joyn’d?”
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