201 Of The Best Loneliness Quotes Of All Time

What makes people truly happy and content in life?

Some may believe the answer is wealth or success, but studies have often shown that human connections — friends and family– are the main source of happiness.

Humans have an innate need to connect with other people on a deep level. This means that while you may be surrounded by people throughout the day, or even be in a relationship with someone, yet still experience a deep and prevalent sense of loneliness.

Reading quotes about being alone can help inspire you to reach out to new people or re-engage with those you may have lost touch with.

Isolation can impact people of all types and ages, but some are more at risk than others.

In our chaotic society, most of us have a lot of acquaintances or friends who we sometimes see in passing. However, it is the one or two very close and personal relationships that really make a difference in our lives.

Getting out and meeting new people with whom you can form a deep connection isn’t always easy, especially for those who are aging.

However, it is imperative to connect with others, even if it's just a friendly exchange of a smile with a neighbor.

The good thing is, a lot of great writers, intellectuals, and philosophers have left behind some impactful and inspiring words describing their own experiences with this all-too-common feeling of being alone.

Here Are 201 of the Best Loneliness Quotes of All Time:

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1. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. –Helen Keller

2. When we truly realize that we are all alone is when we need others the most. –Ronald Anthony Cross

3. If you are afraid of being lonely don't try to be right. –Jules Renard

4. 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

5. Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate. –Germaine Greer

6. This world that I live in is empty and cold. The loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul. –Waylon Jennings

7. Until you get comfortable with being alone you'll never know if you're choosing someone out of love or loneliness. –Mandy Hale

8. Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for great enough to die for. –Dag Hammarskjold

9. 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

10. Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony. –Douglas Coupland

11. Life is full of misery loneliness and suffering—and it’s all over much too soon. –Woody Allen

12. The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. –Mother Theresa

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13. Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there. –Joss Whedon

14. If you’re lonely when you’re alone you’re in bad company. –Jean-Paul Sartre

15. Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. –Thomas Wolfe


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16. Yes there is joy fulfillment and companionship—but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering. –Sylvia Plath

17. When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you that’s when I think life is over. –Audrey Hepburn

18. All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart. –Tahereh Mafi

19. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other. –John Steinbeck

20. We live as we dream–alone…. –Joseph Conrad

21. Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I'm most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me. –Anne Hathaway

22. If one's different one's bound to be lonely. –Aldous Huxley

23. A great fire burns within me but no one stops to warm themselves at it and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke. –Vincent van Gogh

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24. It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead I feel painfully visible and entirely ignored. –David Levithan

25. 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

26. I'm not much but I'm all I have. –Philip K. Dick

27. I realize for the first time how very lonely I've been in the arena. How comforting the presence of another human being can be. –Suzanne Collins

28. It's weird to feel like you miss someone you're not even sure you know. David Foster Wallace
I was always holding onto people and they were always leaving. –Lili St. Crow

29. Some nights are made for torture or reflection or the savoring of loneliness. –Poppy Z. Brite

30. If a man cannot understand the beauty of life it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him. –Criss Jami

31. Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self. –May Sarton

32. My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. –Ursula K. Le Guin

33. The pain of being alone is completely out of this world isn't it? I don't know why but I understand your feelings so much it actually hurts. –Masashi Kishimoto

34. Depression on my left Loneliness on my right. They don't need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well. –Elizabeth Gilbert

35. Loneliness leads to nothing good, only detachment. And sometimes the people who most need to reach out are the people least capable of it. –Jane Espenson

36. My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues. –Kahlil Gibran


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37. Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help. –Criss Jami

38. I think there is a price to being alone and there is a price to being in a relationship. It all depends on which price you want to pay – but none of them are free. –Lonny Price

39. Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you. –Haruki Murakami

40. Deep down the young are lonelier than the old. –Anne Frank

41. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? –George Eliot

42. Over time loneliness gets inside you and doesn't go away. –Carlos Ruiz Zafón

43. Lonely was much better than alone. –Toni Morrison

44. To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has had a friend. –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

45. Loneliness in a crowd of people was the worst kind of loneliness but she couldn't help it. –Lauren Kate

46. I believe in whatever gets you through the night. Night is the hardest time to be alive. For me anyway. It lasts so long and four a.m. knows all my secrets. –Poppy Z. Brite

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47. Eternity is a long time to spend alone without others of your kind. –Cassandra Clare

Forever Alone Quotes

49. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone. –Mitch Albom

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

51. If you smile when you are alone then you really mean it. –Andy Rooney

52. That’s love: Two lonely persons keep each other safe and touch each other and talk to each other. –Rainer Maria Rilke

53. What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. –Ellen Burstyn

54. You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone. –Amit Ray

55. Because once alone it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery. Marilynne Robinson

56. Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself. –Sanober Khan

57. I barely noticed loneliness anymore; it was my normal condition by necessity if not by nature. –Rachel Hartman

58. I'm all alone but I'm not lonely. –Haruki Murakami


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59. If I could always read I should never feel the want of company. –George Gordon Byron

60. I am lonely sometimes but I dare say it's good for me… Louisa May Alcott

61. I was trained to turn loneliness into laziness. –Bill Callahan

62. I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work. –Orhan Pamuk

63. Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone. –Marty Rubin

64. People run away to be alone he said. Some people had to be alone. –William Trevor

65. There's a special quality to the loneliness of dusk, a melancholy more brooding even than the night's. –Ed Gorman

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66. Yes after all this by now was his customary loneliness: there was little else he desired for the present than the hospitality of the dark. –Walter de la Mare

67. It is better to be alone than in bad company. –George Washington

68. I tell you loneliness is the thing to master. Courage and fear love death are only parts of it and can easily be ruled afterwards. If I make myself master my own loneliness there will be peace or safety: and perhaps these are the same. –Martha Gellhorn

69. Why be crying fearful lonely when you have the whole universe? Be still listen to your heart breathe and know you need nothing. –Jay Woodman

70. I’ve always loved the night when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark—the perfect time for creativity. –Jonathan Harnisch

71. I was not unhappy. I wanted to be with someone. But it didn't trouble me that I was alone. –André Aciman

72. We isolated ourselves because it hurt less. –Jodi Picoult

73. Kill the loneliness by being with yourself all alone. –Vikrmn Corpkshetra

74. If you find yourself in the middle of nowhere allow your mind to go everywhere. –Jenim Dibie

75. It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone. –Marilyn Monroe

76. I don't want to be alone I want to be left alone. –Audrey Hepburn

77. Sometimes it's better to be alone no one can hurt you that way. –Tinku Razoria

78. Sometimes I think that my own company is more suitable for me than if I were around others. Because of the person that I am. –Kyle Labe

79. Find company within yourself and you'll never spend a day alone. Find love within yourself and you'll never have a lonely day. –Connor Chalfant

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80. None of us are really alone as long as we're lonely. –Maggie Stiefvater

81. He would be lonely all his life. But a man took it for his share and went on. –Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

82. There’s nothing abnormal about loneliness. –Paula Stokes

83. Turn your loneliness into singing and praying and you shall realize that you are never alone at all –Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

84. If I can teach myself the art of loneliness then perhaps the art of writing will come more easily to me. –Nell Stevens

85. Even in an empty room we are never alone. –Wayne Gerard Trotman

86. No one is ever alone and silence does not equate defeat. –Joan Ambu

87. It is good to be alone for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult should be one more reason to do it. –Rainer Maria Rilke

88. You better go alone than with negative people! –Israelmore Ayivor

89. If you want to miss your crown follow the crowd. If you want to wear the crown go alone and be yourself. –Israelmore Ayivor

90. An overcrowded world is the ideal place in which to be lonely. –Brian W. Aldiss

91. Loneliness teaches and shows you the real and unreal and such things that one can never understand and even imagine living with others. –Ehsan Sehgal

92. I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. –Rainer Maria Rilke

93. I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does. –Henry Rollins

94. We must become so alone so utterly alone that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome we are no longer alone for we find that our innermost self is the spirit that it is God the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world yet undisturbed by its multiplicity for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being. –Hermann Hesse

95. Lonely people tend rather to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly. –David Foster Wallace

96. If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU to learn how strong you really are to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer deeper more vibrant and colorful YOU. –Mandy Hale

97. I am alone I thought and they are everybody. –Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Lonely Love Quotes

98. I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long I will stay with you. If you need the medication again go ahead and take it—I will love you through that as well. If you don’t need the medication I will love you too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. –Elizabeth Gilbert

99. The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely. –Charlotte Brontë

100. How we need another soul to cling to. –Sylvia Plath

101. For Beatrice when we first met I was lonely and you were pretty. I was lonely and you were pretty. Now I am pretty lonely. –Lemony Snicket

102. I thought the love I'd had for him belonged to the past to the foolish lonely girl I never wanted to be again. I'd tried to bury that girl and the love she'd felt just as I'd tried to bury my power. But I wouldn't make that mistake again. –Leigh Bardugo

103. 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

104. To me you were more than just a person. You were a place where I finally felt at home. –Denice Envall

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105. I'm just an insomniac struggling for a night where I don't dream of you anymore. –Lone Alaskan Gypsy

106. Ever been so happy for someone and so aware of how lonely their happiness makes you feel at the same time? –Carey Heywood

107. He was in love with every pretty woman he saw now their forms at a distance their shadows on the walls. –F. Scott Fitzgerald

108. Unless we love and are loved each of us is alone each of us is deeply lonely. –Mortimer Adler

109. I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness. Wilbur Smith

110. If I want to believe that life is lonely and that nobody loves me then that is what I will find in my world. –Louise L. Hay

111. Feelings such as loneliness longing or love are sometimes hard to put into words; maybe that's why we all love music because it resonates with something we can't share. –Agnes Obel

112. I've never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I've only thought about it as a way to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up. –Taylor Swift

113. I had to learn compassion. Had to learn what it felt like to hate and to forgive and to love and be loved. And to lose people close to me. Had to feel deep loneliness and sorrow. And then I could write. –Louise Penny

114. There is pleasure in the pathless woods there is rapture in the lonely shore there is society where none intrudes by the deep sea and music in its roar; I love not Man the less but Nature more. –Lord Byron

115. Loneliness sucks. It's a slog. It feels wonderful and exhilarating when someone makes it go away. But love is a whole different ball game. –Lynn Coady

116. Maybe true love isn't out there for me but I can sublimate my loneliness with the notion that true love is out there for someone. –Roxane Gay

117. I secretly enjoy being alone – hiking alone skiing alone walking along the beach alone going to movies alone. Do not get me wrong I like sharing my life with other people but sometimes really enjoy being as alone as possible. –Josh Zuckerman

118. We’re born alone we live alone we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. –Orson Welles

119. Until you get comfortable with being alone you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness. –Mandy Hale

120. I’m fascinated with myself and love hearing the sound of my own voice. I’d like to hear what I have to say. A lot of people don’t like being alone because they truly don’t like themselves but I love me. –Gene Simmons

121. Some people can’t stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it I’m a regular talking machine. It’s all or nothing for me. –Celine Dion

122. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. — Henry David Thoreau

123. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. — Wayne Dyer

124. And sometimes I just need to be alone so I can cry without being judged so I can think without being interrupted so I don’t bring anyone else down with me. — Unknown

125. Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone accept everything alone. –Ferdinand Marcos

126. Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness except greed. –Thomas Harris

127. It's clear to me that anyone anywhere can experience loneliness isolation solitude and estrangement, and most people probably do encounter these things at some point in their lives. –Brendan Myers

Famous Quotes on Loneliness

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

129. Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. –Paul Tillich

130. Maybe true love isn't out there for me, but I can sublimate my loneliness with the notion that true love is out there for someone. –Roxane Gay

131. I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness. –Wilbur Smith

132. But the West of the old times, with its strong characters, it’s stern battles and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind. –Buffalo Bill

133. In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. –John Steinbeck

134. There comes a real loneliness in celebrity where you're constantly told you're part of an outgroup in your own society. –Cole Sprouse

135. My inspirations are the woman, friendship, and loneliness. –Enrique Iglesias

136. There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while. –Tom Hanks

137. When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life. –Whitney Houston

138. When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone. –Tennessee Williams

139. I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. –Henry David Thoreau

140. I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself. Warsan Shire
They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. –Sir Philip Sidney

141. The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. –Mark Twain

142. We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. –Orson Welles

143. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. –Maya Angelou

144. 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

145. Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering—and it’s all over much too soon. –Woody Allen

146. When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over. –Audrey Hepburn

147. It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. –Albert Einstein

148. A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure. –Charlie Chaplin

149. Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are. –Tom Hanks

150. One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can't. –Kyrie Irving

151. I don't have time to be lonely. And I get fearful of relationships because I feel guilty about wanting someone to be completely faithful and loyal, when I can't even give them 10 percent of the attention that they need. It's just the reality of my time, my life, my schedule. –Rihanna

152. No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life. –Bill Murray

153. Loneliness is the unloneliest feeling in the world, as everyone has experienced it. Jarod Kintz
Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room. –Douglas Coupland

154. The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. –Jules Verne

155. Success is nothing if you don't have the right people to share it with; you're just gonna end up lonely. –Selena Gomez

156. Everyone’s alone — or so it seems to me. They make noises, and think they are talking to each other; They make faces, and think they understand each other. And I’m sure they don’t. Is that a delusion? –T.S. Eliot

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157. Tore up my heart and shut it down. Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple little kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I need. I’m perfectly lonely. –John Mayer

158. Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

159. There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. –Lord Byron

160. Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. –Dag Hammarskjold

161. The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. –Anne Frank

162. Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life. — Jean Paul

163. As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them. –Maya Angelou

164. The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. –Mother Teresa

165. Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. –Mother Teresa

166. History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion. –Thomas Carlyle

167. I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. — Frida Kahlo

168. The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. –Henrik Ibsen

169. The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness. –Norman Cousins

170 The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account. –Alice Walker

171. All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone. –Jean de La Bruyère

172. It's a terrible thing to be alone — yes it is — it is — but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath –as terrible as you like –but a mask. –Katherine Mansfield

173. If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company. –Jean-Paul Sartre

174. We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. — Tennessee Williams

175. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. –Wayne Dyer

176. What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear. –Dag Hammarskjöld

177. At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self. –Brendan Francis

178. Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness. –Poppy Z. Brite

179. Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier. –Lillian Hellman

180. It is good to be lonely, for being alone is not easy. The fact that something is difficult must be one more reason to do it. — Rilke

181. Pretending to be happy when you’re alone is an example of how strong you are as a person.
Take care of your thoughts when you’re alone. And take care of your words when you’re with people. We are all so much together but we are all dying of loneliness. — Albert Schweitzer

Sad Loneliness Quotes

182. 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

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

184. 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

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

186. 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

187. 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

188. 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

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189. 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

190. The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. –Lois Lowry

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

192. 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

193. Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. — Charles Bukowski

194. You can’t be strong all the time. Sometimes you just need to be alone and let your tears out. — Unknown

195. 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

196. The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely. –Charlotte Brontë

197. There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage. –Alexander Theroux

198. Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. — Thomas Wolfe

199. The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. — Mother Teresa

200. Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell. –Edna St. Vincent Millay

201. Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone. — Rollo May

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