100 Uplifting Lonely Quotes to Overcome Loneliness


Are you feeling isolated and lonely? Loneliness can creep into your life without you even noticing it at first. It’s often a gradual process leaving you more and more alone. To most people, feeling lonely is quite a burden. As humans, we are used to living in tribes and naturally seek meaningful interactions with other people. We may not only be looking for social interactions but also for a deep connection with supportive and kind individuals. To help you lift your spirits and to break and beneficial habits, the following collection of uplifting lonely quotes was created. Enjoy reading. And you may also like our proven tips to be perfectly happy alone and our list of powerful things to do when feeling lonely.

Usually, loneliness is associated with being physically alone. When we think of someone who’s lonely, we imagine someone who is socially isolated. However, there’s also another type of loneliness, which describes people who are feeling alone, despite being surrounded by people.

“It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”
Marilyn Monroe

Numerous people feel lonely and neglected even though they are in a relationship and have many friends. They may be surrounded by family, friends, and even colleagues, but they are lacking someone trustworthy to provide emotional support. For this reason, feeling lonely does not necessarily mean there’s no one around you. It simply means we feel isolated and have no one to be truly trusted upon – someone who deeply cares about us.

Encouraging lonely quotes

This collection of lonely quotes will lift your spirits and helps you to overcome loneliness, one step at a time

As opposed to solitude, loneliness is not necessarily wanted, which is why it can slowly lead us on a path of emotional pain and melancholy. The first step of turning things around is to have the courage to admit to yourself that you’re feeling left alone. The following statements will help you to make a change for the better.

100 Uplifting Lonely Quotes to Fight Loneliness

When you’re feeling lonely, it’s important to realize that you are not alone. Millions of other people are experiencing similar difficulties and are confronted with the very same challenges. Even more so, some of the wisest and most inspiring individuals that ever lived were confronted with feelings of loneliness. Luckily for all of us, these magnificent people found surprising ways to deal with their challenges. Their insights about feeling lonely are condensed in the following list of quotes about feeling lonely that help you to overcome loneliness.

Here’s our collection of feeling lonely quotes


Power of loneliness

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
Aldous Huxley


Feeling lonely quote

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”
Henry Rollins


Quote about being lonely


“If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is… an opportunity to get to know you, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but you for your happiness… you will realize that a little loneliness goes a long way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful you.”
Mandy Hal


Loneliness quote

“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception.”
Janet Fitch



The beauty of being alone

“A lonely day is God’s way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.”
Criss Jami


“Introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.”
Susan Cain


“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
Henry David Thoreau


“The strongest men are the most alone.”
Henrik Ibsen


“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”
Thomas Mann


“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”
Albert Einstein


“I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.”
Joshua Slocum


“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”
Mitch Albom


“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


“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”
Douglas Coupland


“Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they’ve got to come. You can’t force them.”
D.H. Lawrence


“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne


“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible.”
Hermann Hesse


“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
Wayne W. Dyer


“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. These are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
David Foster Wallace


“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
Audrey Hepburn


“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
Maya Angelou


“I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
Elizabeth Gilbert


“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all.”
Rollo May


“All great and precious things are lonely.”
John Steinbeck


“To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen


“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.”
Paulo Coelho


“If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself.”
Leonardo da Vinci


“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.”
Patricia Highsmith


“But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it, you will find all your paths.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are.”
Amy Sedaris


“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience.”
Elizabeth Gilbert


“When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”
Fiona Apple


“I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have.”
Charles Bukowski


“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”
Vincent Van Gogh


“I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”
May Sarton


“The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”
Edith Wharton


“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”
Bell Hooks


“Have you ever been lonely? No, neither have I. Solitary, yes. Alone, certainly. But lonely means minding about being on your own. I’ve never minded about it.”
Sebastian Faulks


“Love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
Lord Byron


“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been.”
Eve Ensler


“I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it, I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude, but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.”
Charles Bukowski


“Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.”


“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”
C.S. Lewis


“Because once alone, it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery.”
Marilynne Robinson


“If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone.”
Richard Yates


“My happiness will remain in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.”
Vladimir Nabokov


“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.”
Marcus Aurelius


“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”
Rollo May


“There is a certain strength in being alone.”
Heather Duffy Stone


“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow.”
Janet Fitch


“My solitude is my treasure, the best thing I have. I hesitate to go out. If you opened the little gate, I would not hop away—but oh how I sing in my gold cage.”
A.S. Byatt


“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau


“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.”
Joan Didion


“Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.”
Hermann Hesse


“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
Charlotte Brontë


“Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.”
D. H. Lawrence


“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
Kurt Vonnegut


“Some nights are made for reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.”
Poppy Brite


“Don’t think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.”
George Bernard Shaw


“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.”
Sylvia Plath


“Loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude.”
Charles Bukowski


“There are people who like to be alone without feeling lonely at all.”
Toba Beta


“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”
Charles M. Schulz


“The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
Jodi Picoult


“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”
Henry Miller


“To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals.”
Michael Bassey Johnson


“The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.”
Gabriel García Márquez


“To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.”
Anthony Burgess


That was the thing about being alone, in theory, or in principle. Whatever happened-good, bad, or anywhere in between-it was always, if nothing else, all your own.”
Sarah Dessen


“The thing about living alone is that it gives you a lot of time to think.”
Jonathan Tropper


“As regards intellectual work it remains a fact, indeed, that great decisions in the realm of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual, working in solitude.”
Sigmund Freud


“The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.”
Criss Jami


“I don’t mind. I like being alone.”
Daphne du Maurier


“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
Albert Camus


“Solitude sometimes is best society.”
John Milton


“Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.”
Wayne Cordeiro


“Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man’s 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


“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
Haruki Murakami


“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
Shannon L. Alder


“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.”
Emily Bronte


“When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.”
Antonio Porchia


“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
Jean-Paul Sartre


“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
Honoré de Balzac


“We live as we dream – alone.”
Joseph Conrad


“The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.”
Deb Caletti


“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”
Brennan Manning


“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
Tahereh Mafi


“Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.”
David Foster Wallace


“I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.”
Anaïs Nin


“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”
Charlotte Eriksson


“My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.”
Khalil Gibran


“The trouble is not really in being alone, it’s being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don’t you think?”
Christine Feehan


“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
Dorothy Day


“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.”
Betty Smith

I hope you enjoyed this collection of encouraging lonely quotes. Few free to share your favorite quote with us that always helps you to lift you up when you’re feeling lonely.

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