I have always loved solitude … however, solitude is very different from isolation, or a government mandated “stay home” order (no date for the commencement of phase 2 in western Washington). Thought I’d share some thought provoking quotes about isolation and solitude and also some favorite photos from recent journeys. And yes, I am planning my next road trip. For now, armchair travel will suffice.
Every terrorist regime in the world uses isolation to break people’s spirits. bell hooks
Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work. Haruki Murakami
Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are. Salman Rushdie
The worst cruelty that can be inflicted on a human being is isolation. Sukarno
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein
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
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It 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
Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions. Robert Fulghum
Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual .. near or far.