54 Inspiring Quotes About Being Alone
“Alone doesn’t mean lonely. It just means alone. It just means that for now, you’re on your own, and that’s not a terrible thing.” ― Hemal Jhaveri
People have struggled with loneliness since they were put on this earth — feeling alone is part of the human condition.
Because loneliness is such a universal experience, you can bet there have been a lot of quotes written about it.
Being alone can be difficult, but it can also be a time of reflection and growth, so we’ve gathered some inspirational quotes and sayings to think about while you navigate this period of your life.
In this article, we’ll share:
Editor’s Note: This article is part of our ongoing series The Roots Of Loneliness Project, the first-of-its-kind resource that comprehensively explores the phenomenon of loneliness and over 100 types that we might experience over the course of our lives.
Being Alone Quotes
Reading other people’s thoughts about being alone can help you to conceptualize and deal with your own loneliness.
Honestly, it’s a comfort to know that many people throughout history have dealt with it, themselves and it proves the point that although we feel alone, we are not.
Far from it.
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I have a good life, I remind myself. There are plenty of people who love me. They’re just not around at the moment.
― Cynthia Hand
When the world makes me feel like I am alone, love reminds me otherwise.
― Steve Maraboli
I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.
— Robin Williams
We come into this world alone, and we leave the same way.
— Jean Grey (Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1, Issue 303, Scott Lobdell)
If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life.
— Michael Josephson
You are never alone; if you can talk to your conscience.
― M.F. Moonzajer
I can be alone without being lonely. In fact, those times of solitude are necessary respite for a beleaguered soul, set upon by the pressures of life. I need to take whatever moments I can to just be still.
― Steve Goodier
It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.
— Marilyn Monroe
It’s only natural to feel lonely after the enjoyable moments pass. But as you experience new joys those feelings of sorrow will start to fade.
— Mizu Sahara
What has really happened when you feel alone is that you’ve abandoned yourself. You have stopped taking care of your own basic needs — you don’t value yourself, you don’t listen to your own thoughts, and you don’t take care of your physical, emotional, or spiritual self. This is what is causing you to feel alone. You have abandoned you.
— Gregg Michaelsen
I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.
— Audrey Hepburn
But there it is: Everyone is alone, for life, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
― Julianna Baggott
Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.
— Cheryl Strayed
I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.
— Amy Sedaris
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
— Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
There is something immaculate about loneliness which only lonely people can understand.
— Munia Khan
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
— Pau Tillich
I am not alone, in my aloneness.
― T. Scott McLeod
Don’t you realize the Internet is just a way for millions of sad people to be completely alone together?
― Wayne Gladstone
All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!
— Dr. Seuss
Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.
— Thomas Wolfe
I’m not much but I’m all I have.
— Philip K. Dick
All great and precious things are lonely.
— John Steinbeck
Being alone has a power that very few people can handle.
— Steven Aitchison
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
— Charlie Chaplin
Inspirational Quotes On Being Alone
Sometimes being alone isn’t a bad thing.
In fact, it’s completely normal to like being alone.
It allows you to connect with yourself and learn and grow — and there are plenty of great ways to spend time alone at home.
These quotes are about channeling your loneliness into something productive and meaningful.
Being alone isn’t the same thing as being lonely!
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
— Henry David Thoreau
In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
— Laurence Sterne
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.
— Hafez-e Shirazi
The sun is alone too, but it still shines.
I restore myself when I’m alone.
— Marilyn Monroe
There is a magic in walking alone, in thinking alone: If there is no one to contact you around, the universe starts contacting you!
― Mehmet Murat Ildan
When I get lonely these days, I think: So Be lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.
— Elizabeth Gilbert
Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.
— Charlotte Eriksson
People in love always tried to match the singles together, but what they didn’t realize was that some people were meant to be alone. There was nothing wrong with that.
― S.H. Kolee
You only grow when you are alone.
— Paul Newman
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
— Henrick Ibsen
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
— Albert Einstein
Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
— Pablo Picasso
My favorite hobby is being alone. I like to be alone. I also like dancing, fishing, playing poker sometimes and vegetable gardening – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, I have a big garden every year.
— Emanuel Steward
Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.
— Mandy Hale
Sitting alone, sleeping alone, acting alone, let the diligent one enjoy the forest, taming the self alone.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
— Michel de Montaigne
My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.
— Warsan Shire
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.
— George Herbert
Loneliness is sad, aloneness is blissful.
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
— Henry Rollins
If you make friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone.
― Maxwell Maltz
Solitude is independence.
— Herman Hesse
What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
— Ellen Burstyn
Ultimately what I like about reading together is that we all make it happen together. Of course even amid shared experience we’re still alone… each reading of each book is unique. But what a comfort it is to share readings and experiences. How lucky we are when we get to be alone together.
— John Greene
As you can see, there is no shortage of thoughts, musings, and writing about the experience of loneliness.
We hope these quotes will remind you that although you are feeling lonely, you aren’t truly alone.
Humans have been surviving loneliness for thousands of years — and so can you!