A Word About Solitude

I have to say a word about solitude
For the soul it sometimes they say can be good
And I’m partial to it myself, well I must confess
Nobody knows the meaning of loneliness

~Van Morrison in “Meaning of Loneliness”


“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke


“Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.”

~Miguel de Unamuno


“Language… 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.”

~Paul Tillich


“A truly happy being is a solitary being.”

~Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Emile