Quotes on Solitude

Opinionated quotations from the famous and not-so-famous.

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I presume everybody here has e-mail. How many people here, when a new message comes in, does your computer go "ding" or make some other noise? Do we still have people doing that? What the heck is wrong with you people? I love the fact that computer scientists just know nothing about anything, so for years by default all these packages out of the box would go "ding" every time you get a new piece of e-mail, so we've taken a technology explicitly designed to reduce interruption and we've turned them into interruptions. So you just got to turn that off. The point of e-mail is you go to it when you're ready, not sitting around like Pavlov's dogs saying, "Oh, maybe I'll get another e-mail!"

Randy Pausch from his Time Management Lecture

I'm awkward and sarcastic and it doesn't translate well. So I try and not foist that upon people.

Selma Blair from Hellboy II: The Golden Army DVD commentary

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

Aldous Huxley

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.

Elayne Boosler

People who cannot bear to be alone are generally the worst company.

Albert Guinon

If you can't stand solitude, maybe you bore others too.

Bob Gordon

Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.

Arthur Brisbane

The best thinking has been done in solitude.

Thomas A. Edison

I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau

Hermits have no peer pressure.

Steven Wright

People who take the time to be alone usually have depth, originality, and quiet reserve.

John Miller

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.


To feel themselves in the presence of true greatness many find it necessary only to be alone.

Tom Masson

A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Let us stay at home: there we are decent. Let us not go out: our defects wait for us at the door, like flies.

Jules Renard

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

George Burns


Solitude Toy

Somewhere between 1975 and 1977, there was a NERF commercial where a guy sang "Hey, hey, hey! NERF Basketball is here to stay!" (A person at Facebook thinks it was "here to play.") I wish someone would find that commercial and upload it to a place like YouTube. I knew a kid that had NERF Basketball back then on his bedroom door, but I wasn't able to get one until years later.


NERFOOP image courtesy of Jason Liebig.

The Good and the Bad

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.

Never litter. If you can't find a trash can, take it home and throw it away there.

Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. I take B-Right.

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.”



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