"I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity."
"I never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude."
~Henry David Thoreau
"It is not necessary that you leave the house.
Remain at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, only wait.
Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone.
The world will present itself to you for its unmasking . . .
in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet."
"Solitude gives birth to the original in us."
"Solitude is the salt of personhood.
It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience."
"Talents are best nurtured in solitude:
character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world."