Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
We are all born alone and die alone. The loneliness is definitely part of the journey of life.
Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions.
Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse.
I don't fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach.
Loneliness — quotes and aphorisms
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable - but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being 'alone': You can be lonely even surrounded by people. The feeling I'm talking about stems from the sense that we can never fully share the truth of who we are. I experienced this acutely at an early age.
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.