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"Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man." —Thomas Wolfe. Loneliness comes from within and so as happiness. Here are 35 relatable quotes about loneliness.

Loneliness Quotes

"Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better." —Henry Rollins

"Forget or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room." —Douglas Coupland

"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

"Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony." ― Douglas Coupland

"Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?" ―Haruki Murakami

"Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right." ―Charles Bukowski

"All great and precious things are lonely." ―John Steinbeck

"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." ―F. Scott Fitzgerald

"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

"I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic." —Augusten Burroughs

Loneliness Quotes

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely." ―Charles M. Schulz

"I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness." ―Anaïs Nin

"I’m so scared of dying without ever being really seen. Can you understand?" —David Foster Wallace

"He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why." ― Marguerite Duras

"How lonely it is here, and how well it suits you." —Franz Kafka

"You want to ask, am I lonely? Well, of course, lonely as a woman driving across country day after day, leaving behind mile after mile little towns she might have stopped and lived and died in. —Adrienne Rich

I was very often full of rage and despair. I was always lonely. In spite of all that I was and am in love with life. —Jeanette Winterson

"It’s strange. I felt less lonely when I didn’t know you." —Jean-Paul Sartre

"What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?" —George Eliot

"I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable." —Henry Miller

Loneliness Quotes

"Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want." —Janet Fitch

"We’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we’ve never even met?" —David Foster Wallace

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared." ―Lois Lowry

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” — Johann Wolfgange Von Goethe

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” — Mandy Hale

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” — Michel de Montaigne

“People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.” ― Kim Culbertson

“Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself.” – Anonymous

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” – Robin William

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” – Henry Rollins

Loneliness Quotes

“Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” – Robert Tew

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.” – Anonymous

“Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” —Pearl Buck

“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” – Arthur Schopenhauer


Best Quotes

1.
“It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.” – Joel Osteen
2.
“Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.” – Guillermo Maldonado
3.
“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.” – Eda J. LeShan

Ian Warner

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I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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