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Kevin Patterson Quotes

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Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.
- Kevin Patterson

The whole world loves a maverick and the whole world
wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion.
- Kevin Patterson

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

 

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
- Albert Einstein

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions;
it is easy in solitude to live after your own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Balance activity with serenity,
wealth with simplicity,
persistence with innovation,
community with solitude,
familiarity with adventure,
constancy with change,
leading with following.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

I have never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
We are for the most part more lonely
when we go abroad among men
than when we stay in our chambers.
A man thinking or working is always alone,
let him be where he will.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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

Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude.
It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
- Louis Aragon

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

It's hard to spend years at a time working in total
solitude with no reality-check.
- Russell Banks

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
- Mason Cooley

God is absence.
God is the solitude of man.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

I didn't choose solitude.
- Klaus Kinski

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people:
that each protects the solitude of the other.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Silence and solitude are more distracting to me than chatter and commotion.
- Marilu Henner

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason,
and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.
- Aphra Behn

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that
which is salutary for his soul,
for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
- Guru Nanak

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult;
that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone,
gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
- Paul Valery

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends,
rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
- William Powell

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
- Sydney Smith

Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time.
And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline.
- Peter Benchley

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
- Stendhal

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude,
but in the world; since it is experience of life,
and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.
- Giacomo Leopardi

But the delights of solitude don't only consist of dreaming.
Next in enjoyment, I think, comes planning.
- Anna Neagle

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.
- Jeremy Collier

Conversation enriches the understanding,
but solitude is the school of genius.
- Edward Gibbon

During my solitude, conflicting thoughts increased;
but much exercise of soul had the effect of causing
the scriptures to gain complete ascendancy over me.
- John Nelson Darby

I can write best in the silence and solitude of the night,
when everyone has retired.
- Zane Grey

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings
to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

I feel the same way about solitude as some people
feel about the blessing of the church.
It's the light of grace for me.
I never close my door behind me without the awareness
that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.
- Peter Hoeg

I needed to be in the bush.
There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus.
That's where my heart lies.
- Mark Burnett

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

Solitude is the place of purification.
- Martin Buber

Do your work for six years; but in the seventh,
go into solitude or among strangers,
so that the memory of your friends does not hinder
you from being what you have become.
- Leo Szilard

I'm pretty social so it's hard for me to find solitude,
but I need to have solitude to write.
- Catie Curtis

To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented,
is the only pleasing Solitude.
- Richard Steele

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
- Liv Tyler

I really do work in solitude.
- Donna Tartt

Violent passions are formed in solitude.
In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
- Henry Home

Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.
- Augusten Burroughs

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.
- Joseph Roux

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

Solitude is un-American.
- Erica Jong

Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with
us some friend to whom we can say how sweet solitude is.
- William Jay

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future.
Rather, it is a deepening of the present,
and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
- Thomas Merton

The weight of the world is love.
Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
- Allen Ginsberg

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
- Robert Cecil

Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit,
but God to man doth speak in solitude.
- John Stuart Blackie

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude,
and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
- Walter Savage Landor

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness.
The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
- Paul Brunton

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection
to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
- Barbara de Angelis

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
- Omar Khayyam


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