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  • No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
    * Aristotle

  • The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
    * Pearl S. Buck

  • In solitude, where we are least alone.
    * Lord Byron

  • To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
    * Charles Caleb Colton

  • Better be alone than in bad company.
    * Thomas Fuller

  • With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
    * Eric Hoffer

  • Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
    Only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness;
    So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another,
    Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
    * Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • The most I ever did for you was to outlive you.
    But that is much.
    * Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
    * Robert Louis Stevenson

  • When Christ said: "I was hungry and you fed me," he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
    * Mother Teresa

  • 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