solitude

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, universe, and solitude

The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.

All things have their backs to the female
and stand facing the male.
When male and female combine,
all things achieve harmony.

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by David Whyte on contemplation, freedom, work, soul, psyche, yin, silence, solitude, and empty your cup

Silence is like a cradle holding our endeavors and our will; a silent spaciousness sustains us in our work and at the same time connects us to larger worlds that, in the busyness of our daily struggle to achieve, we have not yet investigated. Silence is the soul's break for freedom.

David Whyte

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on solitude, dream, and memory

A pretext--not a cause--is sufficient for us to enter the "solitary situation", the situation of the dreaming solitude. In this solitude, memories arrange themselves in tableaux. Decor takes precedence over drama. Sad memories take on at least the peace of melancholy.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 14

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on dream, passion, life, night, and solitude

The dream remains overloaded with the badly lived passions of daytime life. Solitude in the nocturnal dream is always a hostility. It is strange. It isn't really our solitude.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 14

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Mirabai on gossip, solitude, praise, and blame

Some praise me, some blame me. I
go the other way.

Mirabai

Source: www.poetseers.com

Contributed by: Dhyana

A Quote by Pearl S. Buck on love and solitude

I love people. I love my family, my children... but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew  your springs that never dry up.

Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

Contributed by: oceancitygirl

A Quote by May Sarton on solitude, attacks from within, stress, depression, and inner storm

The values of solitude - one of its values - is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within, just as there is nothing to help balance at times of particular stress or depression.  A few moments of desultory conversation...may calm an inner storm.  But the storm, painful as it is, might have had some truth in it.  So sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.  The reasons for depression are not so interesting as the way one handles it, simply to stay alive.

May Sarton

Source: Journal of a Solitude

Contributed by: Kimpossible

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on public opinion, popular opinion, easy, solitude, and independence

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our 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 (1803 - 1882)

Source: www.quotegarden.com

Contributed by: Anu

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on public opinion, popular opinion, easy, solitude, and independence

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our 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 (1803 - 1882)

Source: www.quotegarden.com

Contributed by: Anu

A Quote by Kent Nerburn on solitude and lonliness

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.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 105

Contributed by: HeyOK

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