Monday, May 25, 2020

A few quotes on solitude

"We ruin our trips by a fateful habit of taking ourselves along on them. There’s a tragi-comic irony at work: the vast labour of getting ourselves physically to a place won’t necessarily get us any closer to the essence of what we seek."
“On Confinement.” The Book of Life. Accessed March 23, 2020.

"People who cannot bear to be alone are generally the worst company."
— Albert Guinon

"...self-respect is often found to exist in inverse proportion to public status. It has learned to pass nights alone. It does not seek approval because it knows that estimation has nothing to do with achievement."
— Will Eaves. Murmur. Bellevue, 2019.

"The most profound relationship we'll ever have is the one with ourselves."
— Shirley MacLaine, quoted in, quoted in The Week, Sept. 27, 2013. p. 17.

"The very solitude of their lives as hermits led the Desert Fathers to discover that we are like others not in our virtues and strengths, but precisely in our faults, our failings, our flaws."
— Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham. The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning. (1992) New York: Bantam, 2002. p. 48.

"No other character in Greek myth is as alone as Sisyphus with a mountain all to himself in the underworld. Even Hades and Persephone do not visit, afraid of Sisyphus notorious trickery. And yet, I agree with Camus wholeheartedly: Sisyphus is surely happy. He has accepted his solitude, and he has a rock to roll."
— Jacob Falkovich. "Lonelinesses." Put a Number On It. May 21, 2019.

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