solitude

A Quote by Anthony Lawlor on body, clarity, place, solitude, and unity

A place of solitude offers a retreat from the opposing forces and diverse demands of living, an entry into a state of peace and unity.  Mind and body can retire from confusion and conflict to a sanctuary of clarity and harmony

Anthony Lawlor

Source: A Home for the Soul

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Dalai Lama on dalai lama, ambition, wild animal, and solitude

To seek solitude like a wild animal.  That is my only ambition.

Dalai Lama

Source: Washington Times editorial 11/17/98

Contributed by: Earon

A Quote by Albert Einstein on social justice, social responsibility, community, independence, people, self, and solitude

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.  I am truly a "lone traveler" and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude - feelings which increase with the years.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Ideas And Opinions, Pages: 9 (The World As I See It)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Albert Einstein on solitude, nationalism, family, and community

I am truly a "lone traveler" and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Ideas And Opinions, Pages: 9 (The World As I See It)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by A. A. Milne on people and solitude

I have a house where I go,
When there's too many people,
I have a house where I go
Where no one can be;
I have a house where I go,
Where nobody ever says "no"
Where no one says anything - so
There is no one but me.

A. A. Milne

Source: Now We Are Six

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Virginia Woolf on life, memory, and solitude

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Source: Escape the Pace: 100 Fun & Easy Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy Your Life

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Charles A. Lindbergh on awareness, body, consciousness, earth, light, moon, solitude, space, stars, time, and universe

On a long flight, after periods of crisis and many hours of fatigue, mind and body may become disunited until at times they seem completely different elements, as though the body were only a home with which the mind has been associated but by no means bound.  Consciousness grows independent of the ordinary senses.  You see without assistance from the eyes, over distances beyond the visual horizon.  There are moments when existence appears independent even of the mind.  The importance of physical desire and immediate surroundings is submerged in the apprehension of universal values.

For unmeasurable periods, I seem divorced from my body, as though I were an awareness spreading out through space, over the earth and into the heavens, unhampered by time or substance, free from the gravitation that binds to heavy human problems of the world.  My body requires no attention.  It's not hungry.  It's neither warm or cold.  It's resigned to being left undisturbed.  Why have I troubled to bring it here?  I might better have left it back at Long Island or St. Louis, while the weightless element that has lived within it flashes through the skies and views the planet.  This essential consciousness needs no body for its travels.  It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which circumstances I've gone through make possible.


Then what am I - the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands?  Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation?  There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.


While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds.  It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Source: The Spirit of St. Louis

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on meditation and solitude

Delight in meditation and solitude.  Compose yourself, be happy.  You are a seeker.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Dhammapada

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on inner being, sailing, soul-searching, and solitude

It is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, ina government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one's being alone.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Contributed by: Sagittaria

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on deliberateness, intention, self-knowledge, isolation, solitude, life, walden pond, and woods

I went to the woods because I wished to live dliberately... and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

Contributed by: Sandy

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