We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship
can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles
We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
- Tennessee Williams
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone,
alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
- Maya Angelou
The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one,
and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.
- Eleonora Duse
Terrified of being alone, yet afraid of intimacy, we experience widespread feelings
of emptiness, of disconnection, of the unreality of self. And here the computer, a
companion without emotional demands, offers a compromise. You can be a loner,
but never alone. You can interact, but need never feel vulnerable to another person.
- Sherry Turkle
Sometimes people who are never alone are the loneliest, don't you think so?
- A.I. (Albert Isaac) Bezzerides, Nicholas Ray
Shut out from the world with its blare and glare, life in an institution moves softly.
The ears become attuned to gentle notes and a subdued tone.
- Mary B. Harris prison administrator
O make me a mask and a wall to shut from your spies
Of the sharp, enamelled eyes and the spectacled claws
Rape and rebellion in the nurseries of my face....
- Dylan Thomas
National isolation breeds national neurosis.
- Hubert H. Humphrey
Life's an awfully lonesome affair.... You come into the world alone and you go out of
the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going
- Emily Carr
Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
- Eugene O'Neill
It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world—it's the American way of looking
- Henry Miller
If only I could manage, without annoyance to my family, to get imprisoned for 10
years, “without hard labour,” and with the use of books and writing materials, it
would be simply delightful!
- Lewis Carroll
isolate in a bulletproof
witness-stand of glass,
a cage where we may view
- Denise Levertov
But, my dear, you cannot live in isolation from the human race, you know.
- John Clifford, Herk Harvey
View at Oostereiland by Jan Rietschoof (1652-1719)