I don’t like quotes.
Often I will read a quote and it will strike me as “profound“. This most likely happens to you as well, usually because the underlying idea is something new to you. But why should that make a quote valuable? Somehow we fool ourselves into thinking that once we’ve read something, and once the underlying truth isn’t new to us any more, that all the wisdom has been assimilated and applied by us into our lives.
Everything we aspire to achieve; knowledge, power, prestige, wealth, enlightenment, inner peace, and creative art, has already been accomplished by someone in history. This knowledge and wisdom is out there in the world already.
Life changing revelations don’t come when you discover something novel and profound, they come when you apply what you already “know”. Only through application does profound information become wisdom, the very wisdom that changes who you are. This doesn’t happen by reading quotes that simply change what you think.
Insight is not enough.
The beauty of these quotes demands nothing but complete attention. They speak of the power of solitude, and embodying that wisdom will come natural to many of you who have already experienced a solitary way of existence.
Voluntarily removing yourself from your habitual environment promotes self-understanding.
Our ability to create inspiring art and creative thought is all dependent on our capacity to become completely free from other people. Free from social obligations, duties, fears, and hopes that hinder our authentic self from blossoming.
Many inspiring and innovative people of their time recognized the power of solitude and embodied it, sharing their wisdom with those that would hear, hoping that someday one of them would truly listen.
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Quotes on the Wisdom of Solitude
“Virtuous men alone possess friends.” ~ Voltaire
“You only grow when you are alone.” ~ Paul Newman
“Seclusion is the price of greatness.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda, `The Divine Romance’
“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” ~ Laurence Sterne
“All man`s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal
“Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.” ~ Edward Gibbon
“The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer.” Eugene Delacroix
“People who take the time to be alone usually have depth, originality, and quiet reserve.” John Miller
“Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.” ~ Deepak Chopra
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” ~ Aldous Huxley
“You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ‘Walden’
“I go in solitude, so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think I really think; after a time it always seems as if they want to banish myself from myself and rob me of my soul.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“Since the time of St. Jerome, it was mandatory for any kind of scholar or thinker to spend time out in the desert in solitude. It’s no coincidence that the desert has been a major part of the visionary or mystical experience from the beginning of time.” ~ Bill Viola
“We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young — not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age — and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings.” ~ Nikola Tesla
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