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These are two separate things! 00:56, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Seconding the not-merging vote. The wikipedia article tries to make clear that solitude and loneliness are two different things, "loneliness is unwilling solitude" ( 17:14, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

No, please don't merge! Solitude implies peaceful, calm, meditative, intentional while loneliness implies sadness, desperation, and is usually unintentional.

Another vote for keeping them both separate. Not only are they different things, but I think keeping the two apart has a sort of deep, appreciable irony.

Again I agree, loneliness is absolutely different from solitude.

I agree too! Just look it up! We shouldn't merge this. I think it's clear that we all agree on that. Solitude is being isolated willingly (you know, get away from civilization for a break) while loneliness is being isolated unwillingly (you want civilization).

No, no, please don't merge! Contributions/ 13:10, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Merge declined. BD2412 T 18:53, 23 December 2013 (UTC)


  • 高处不胜寒
  • The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells.
  • I'm not lonely, I'm just alone.
    • Angel from Angel tv series.
  • He who delights in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
  • Solitude is not a voice, just an echo.
  • 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.
  • Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential. All come into this world alone; all leave it alone.
  • It is simpler to be self-dependent. The height, the deity of man is, to be self-sustained, to need no gift, no foreign force. Society is good when it does not violate me; but best when it is likest to solitude.
  • This is that which we call Character, — a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a Familiar or Genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart; which is company for him, so that such men are often solitary, or if they chance to be social, do not need society, but can entertain themselves very well alone.
  • We dress our garden, eat our dinners, discuss the household with our wives, and these things make no impression, are forgotten next week; but in the solitude to which every man is always returning, he has a sanity and revelations, which in his passage into new worlds he will carry with him. Never mind the ridicule, never mind the defeat: up again, old heart! — it seems to say, — there is victory yet for all justice; and the true romance which the world exists to realize, will be the transformation of genius into practical power.
  • When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?
  • For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. The essential substance of every thought and feeling remains incommunicable, locked up in the impenetrable strong-room of the individual soul and body. Our life is a sentence of perpetual solitary confinement.
  • Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
  • Solitude, the feeling and knowledge that one is alone, alienated from the world and oneself-is not an exclusively Mexican characteristic. All men, at some moment in their lives feel themselves to be alone. And they are. To live is to be seperated from what we were in order to approach what we are going to be in the future. Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
  • Seek to be alone much to commune with Nature and be thus inspired by her mighty whisperings within your consciousness. Nature is a most jealous god, for she will not whisper her inspiring revelations to you unless you are absolutely alone with her.
  • Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
  • When everything has left you, you are alone; when you have left everything behind, there is solitude.
  • The chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little joy he takes in other people's company.
  • In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
  • All humans are frightened of their own solitude. But only in solitude can we learn to know ourselves, learn to handle our own eternal aloneness.
  • Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living.
  • I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
  • Follow my ways and I will lead you To golden-haired suns, Logos and music, blameless joys, Innocent of questions And beyond answers. For I, Solitude, am thine own Self: I, Nothingness, am thy All. I, Silence, am thy Amen.
  • Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It 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.
  • Thus let me live, unseen, unknown; Thus unlamented let me dye; Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lye.