It has inspired musicians to write countless ballads, odes, melodies and symphonies – and has driven writers to produce numerous poems, sonnets, limericks, haiku’s, novels and volumes of prose in its name. Love pervades every aspect of our lives and dictates what we’re motivated to do, put up with, and bond ourselves to. From the heartfelt and florid poems of the Romantic John Keats, to the profoundly moving songs of Nicki Manaj, love has driven many great works of art. Below you will find some unique quotes on love, from the perspective of introverts, loners, and the love forlorn.
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“The loneliest place on Earth? Living with a man you no longer love.” ~ Sally Brampton
“Many a housewife staring at the back of her husband’s newspaper, or listening to his breathing in bed, is lonelier than any spinster in a rented room.” ~ Germaine Greer, ‘The Female Eunuch’
“Only after one has experienced the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the obligations and commitments of living with a partner can one truly know the deep joy of living alone.” ~ Alexis Padfield
“Loneliness for me is about a lack of connection, whether that’s to a person or to life itself, so if there’s anything lonelier than alienation from another human being whom you once loved — and were loved by — I have no idea what it might be.” ~ Sally Brampton
“Whats agitating about solitude is the inner voice telling you that you should be mated with somebody and that solitude is a mistake. The inner voice doesn’t care about who you find. It just keeps pestering you, tormenting you.” ~ Charles Baxter
“I just think that sometimes it is less hard to wake up feeling lonely when you are alone than to wake up feeling lonely when you are with someone else. Some people would be better off alone, but they feel they’ve got to get hold of someone to prove they’re worthwhile.” ~ Liv Ullman
“I was naturally a loner, content just to live with a woman, eat with her, sleep with her, walk down the street with her. I didn’t want conversation, or to go anywhere except the racetrack or the boxing matches. I didn’t understand t.v. I felt foolish paying money to go into a movie theatre and sit with other people to share their emotions. Parties sickened me. I hated the game-playing, the dirty play, the flirting, the amateur drunks, the bores.” ~ Charles Bukowski
“Sometimes I wonder if someone will ever come for me, if there will ever be a boy—a man—for me to open to. I wonder if I will always be like this, alone, always forced to content myself with myself, my own hand tucked between my legs so that my body makes a kind of circle, a zero, enclosing the clean emptiness of nothingness, a mobius strip or an ouroboros, a serpent swallowing its own tail. I am a closed system, and I yearn, I ache, I hanker for someone to claim what I long to give.” ~ Jean Hegland, ‘Into the Forest’
“We are the puzzle pieces who seldom fit with other puzzle pieces. We inhabit singledom as our natural resting state … Secretly, we are romantics, romantics of the highest order. We want a miracle. Our of millions we have to find the one who will understand. For the quirkyalone, there is no patience for dating just for the sake of not being alone. On a fine but by no means transcendent date we dream of going home to watch television. We would prefer to be alone with our own thoughts than with a less than perfect fit. We are almost constitutionally incapable of casual relationships.” ~ Sasha Cagan, ‘To-Do List’
“Loners, if you catch them, are well worth the trouble. Not dulled by excess human contact, nor blasé or focused on your crotch while jabbering about themselves, loners are curious, vigilant, full of surprises. They do not cling. Separate wherever they go, awake or asleep, they shimmer with the iridescence of hidden things seldom seen.” ~ Anneli Rufus, ‘Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto’
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