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QUOTES ON LONELINESS


Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.

STEPHEN KING, Salem's Lot

Everyone's alone — or so it seems to me.
They make noises, and think they are talking to each other;
They make faces, and think they understand each other.
And I'm sure they don't. Is that a delusion?

T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party

A guy needs somebody — to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.

JOHN STEINBECK, Of Mice and Men

The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone. A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals, made him stand, where his inferiors were concerned, self-consciously on his dignity.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

For solitude sometimes is best society,
And short retirement urges sweet return.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Solitude was corrupting me.

VLADIMIR NABOKOV, Lolita

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