Hermits have no peer pressure.
~ Steven Wright

There is convincing evidence that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need. Just as humans posses a herding instinct that keeps us close to others most of the time, we also have a conflicting drive to seek out solitude. If the distance between ourselves and others becomes too great, we experience isolation and alienation, yet if the proximity to others becomes too close, we feel smothered and trapped. ~ Jeffrey Kottler

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
~ George Burns

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. ~ Laurence Sterne

I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude. 
~ Henry David Thoreau

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone. ~ Elayne Boosler

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

To feel themselves in the presence of true greatness many find it necessary only to be alone. ~ Tom Masson

Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.
~ Edward Gibbon

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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

What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it - like a secret vice.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
~ Voltaire

You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room.  You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners. ~ Robert Brault
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