101 Loneliness Quotes


by Harini Natarajan

Humans need to connect at a deeper level. If you feel lonely or isolated, it is a very natural feeling. Remember, you can still feel lonely while being surrounded by people. The best way to deal with loneliness is to uplift your mood by reading comforting lonely quotes that will help heal the painful emotions and sadness.

Fortunately, many great people, writers, philosophers have written some inspiring words for those common lonely feelings! We have shared a curated list of 101 loneliness quotes that will inspire you to reach out and re-engage with new people.

101 Loneliness Quotes

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  1. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”–Helen Keller
  1. “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart and all they can do is stare blankly.”–F. Scott Fitzgerald
  1. “This world that I live in is empty and cold. The loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul.” –Waylon Jennings
  1. “Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”–Douglas Coupland
  1. “Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.”–Mandy Hale
  1. “Life is full of misery loneliness and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.”–Woody Allen
  1. “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”–Mother Theresa
  1. “When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.”–Audrey Hepburn
  1. “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.”–Anne Hathaway
  1. “A great fire burns within me but no one stops to warm themselves at it and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.”–Vincent van Gogh
  1. “It’s weird to feel like you miss someone you’re not even sure you know.”–David Foster Wallace
  1. “If a man cannot understand the beauty of life it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.”–Criss Jami
  1. “Some nights are made for torture or reflection or the savoring of loneliness.”–Poppy Z. Brite
  1. “They flank me – depression on my left,loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.”–Elizabeth Gilbert
  1. “My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.”–Kahlil Gibran
  1. “What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”–George Eliot
  1. “Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.”–Haruki Murakami
  1. “Eternity is a long time to spend alone without others of your kind.”–Cassandra Clare
  1. “Lonely was much better than alone.”–Toni Morrison
  1. “If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.”–Jules Renard

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  1. “Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for great enough to die for.”–Dag Hammarskjold
  1. “Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.” –Joss Whedon
  1. “A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.”–Mandy Hale
  1. “People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.”–Kim Culbertson
  1. “Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself.” – Anonymous
  1. “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” – Robin Williams
  1. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” – Henry Rollins
  1. “Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” – Robert Tew
  1. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.” – Joel Osteen
  1. “Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.” – Guillermo Maldonado
  1. “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.” – Eda J. LeShan
  1. “If you are alone, you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion, you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion, you will fall more deeply into the same plight.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  1. “It takes a strong person to remain single in a world that is accustomed to settling with anything just to say they have something.” –Anonymous
  1. “The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.”– Justin Timberlake
  1. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”– Maya Angelou
  1. “Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”– Janet Fitch
  1. “If you smile when you are alone then you really mean it.” –Andy Rooney
  1. “I’m not much but I’m all I have.”– Philip K. Dick
  1. “Find company within yourself and you’ll never spend a day alone. Find love within yourself and you’ll never have a lonely day.” –Connor Chalfant

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  1. “My inspirations are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.”–Enrique Iglesias
  1. “The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.” –Henrik Ibsen
  1. Lonely hours is the best time of life, because it’s the only time I share my deepest secrets with the most trusted person in the world, MYSELF.” – Anonymous
  1. “If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation, and loneliness.” – Sharon Salzberg
  1. “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”– Mitch Albom
  1. “Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.” – Martha Beck
  1. “In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne
  1. “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” – Erma Bombeck
  1. “The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself.” –Mary Balogh
  1. “I’ve noticed that loneliness gets stronger when we try to face it down, but gets weaker when we simply ignore it.”– Paulo Coelho
  1. “You do not have to be alone. The world never inflicts loneliness upon us. That is something we choose or reject by ourselves.”– Darren Shan
  1. “Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.”– Marty Rubin
  1. “She understood how a world jammed with phones, email, and faxes could still leave you feeling utterly alone.”– Jodi Picoult
  1. “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” – Amit Ray
  1. “A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.”– Bertrand Russell
  1. “We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”– Susan L. Taylor
  1. “No one is ever alone and silence does not equate defeat.” – Joan Ambu
  1. “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” – Charlotte Eriksson
  1. “Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude.” – Robin Sharma
  1. “Sometimes it’s better to be alone no one can hurt you that way.” – Tinku Razoria

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  1. “Yes, there is joy fulfillment and companionship—but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.” –Sylvia Plath
  1. “We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.” –Albert Schweitzer
  1. “It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone—so far.”– Marilyn Monroe
  1. “There is a certain strength in being alone.” – Heather Duffy Stone
  1. “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” –Ellen Burstyn
  1. “Tore up my heart and shut it down. Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple little kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I need. I’m perfectly lonely.” – John Mayer
  1. “Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.” – Gretchen Rubin
  1. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” –Michel de Montaigne
  1. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgange Von Goethe
  1. “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.”–Aldous Huxley
  1. “I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.”– Daniel Keyes
  1. “We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”– Rudyard Kipling
  1. “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”– Edith Wharton
  1. “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”– May Sarton
  1. “Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” – Jodi Picoult
  1. “Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.” – Eugene O’Neill
  1. “We are all born alone and die alone. The loneliness is definitely part of the journey of life.” – Jenova Chen
  1. “We can all fight against loneliness by engaging in random acts of kindness.” – Gail Honeyman
  1. “For fear you will be alone you do so many things that aren’t you at all.”– Richard Brautigan
  1. “But I also think all of the great stories in literature deal with loneliness. Sometimes it’s by way of heartbreak, sometimes it’s by way of injustice, sometimes it’s by way of fate. There’s an infinite number of ways to examine it.” – Tom Hanks

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  1. “Being alone and actually sitting with our own thoughts can lead to such growth and realizations that are rare in our everyday busy lives.” – Kourtney Kardashian
  1. “The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.”– Deb Caletti
  1. “Because, once alone, it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery.”–Marilynne Robinson
  1. “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  1. “Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.” – Albert Einstein
  1. “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.”–Mary Sarton
  1. “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz
  1. “Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want.”–Janet Fitch
  1. “Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  1. “Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.”–Charlie Chaplin
  1. “Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.”– Paul Tournier
  1. “Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room.”–Douglas Coupland
  1. “If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.”– Jules Renard
  1. “I’ve sold my soul for freedom. It’s lonely but it’s sweet.”– Melissa Etheridge
  1. “We think constant connection will make us feel less lonely. The opposite is true.”– Sherry Turkle
  1. “You’ll always feel lonely if you always need validation. People don’t like to be around those kinds of people.”– Sherry Turkle
  1. “A life without a lonely place, that is, without a quiet center, becomes destructive.”– Henri Nouwen
  1. “It takes so much strength to say to your ego, ‘You know what? You’re going to keep me lonely, so I have to ignore you.”– George Michael
  1. “There’s no such thing as a crowded battlefield. Battlefields are lonely places.”–Alfred M. Gray
  1. “If I want to believe that life is lonely and that nobody loves me, then that is what I will find in my world.”– Louise L. Hay
  1. “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”–Lois Lowry

There are times in life when we all have to sit back and retrospect. Being alone does not necessarily mean you have to be lonely. We hope these 101 loneliness quotes will help you know yourself better and you find a new reflection of yourself.

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Harini Natarajan

As Chief Editor, Harini sets the tone and editorial direction for StyleCraze to deliver engaging, interesting, and authentic content revolving around women's health, wellness, and beauty. She has over 14 years of experience in content writing and editing for online media. She specializes in the areas of Beauty, Lifestyle, and Health & Wellness and is proficient in Medical Sciences (Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Biochemistry). Her background in Biomedical Engineering helps her decode and interpret the finer nuances of scientific research for her team. Harini is a certified bibliophile and a closet poet. She also loves dancing and traveling to offbeat destinations.
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