Solitude is a condition of peace that stands in direct opposition to loneliness. Loneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you. It is a condition of seperateness. Solitude is becoming one with the space around you. It is a condition of union. Lonliness is small, solitude is large. Lonliness closes in around you; solitude expands toward the infinite. Lonliness has its roots in words, in an internal conversation that nodbody answers; solitude has it's roots in the great silence of eternity.
Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 105
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