Check out my collection of alone quotes to help you understand that it’s better to be alone than to be surrounded by the wrong people.

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, being alone does, in fact, equal being lonely, and that is one of the worst things to experience.

But at the same time, my aim is for these inspirational quotes to help nudge you in the right direction, rid you of bad company, and teach you how to enjoy occasional alone time!

Extrovert or introvert, being alone offers you an incredible opportunity to rediscover the real you and find that badass within.

Don’t dwell on the sad quotes, instead, choose to see the power in standing alone. Sometimes, that’s the bravest thing you can do.

Enjoy this heartfelt list of lonely quotes that will open your eyes and make you realize that you’re not alone!

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Best Quotes On Being Alone

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

2. “I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.” – Amy Sedaris

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

4. “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

5. “Nobody knows about the little meltdowns I have when I’m alone. They only know about the smiles and laughs I show them.” – Unknown

6. “And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness.” – Sylvia Plath

7. “Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I have to bang my head against some hard door to call myself back to the body.” – Virginia Woolf

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8. “Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to go and who you need to be.” – Mandy Hale

9. “People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.” – Kim Culbertson

10. “I am completely a loner. In my head, I want to feel I can be anywhere. There is a sort of recklessness that being a loner allows me.” – Arundhati Roy

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

12. “Learn to be alone and to like it. There is nothing more empowering or freeing than learning to like your own company.” – Mandy Hale

13. “He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted.” – Patrick Suskind

14. “Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.” – Paul Tillich

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15. “When everything is lonely I can be my best friend.” – Conor Oberst

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

17. “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal

18. “Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

19. “The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.” – Justin Timberlake

20. “It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.” – George Washington

21. “Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself.” – Unknown

22. “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 Hale

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Feeling Alone Quotes

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1. “I love to be alone. I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.” – Henry David Thoreau

2. “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

3. “Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.” – Khaled Hossein

4. “Lonely is not being alone, it’s the feeling that no one cares.” – Unknown

5. “Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” – Norton Juster

6. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Gautama Buddha

7. “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

8. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we’re not alone.” – Orson Welles

9. “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.” – Robin Williams

10. “Being alone and actually sitting with our own thoughts can lead to such growth and realizations that are rare in our everyday busy lives.” – Kourtney Kardashian

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11. “As I get older I’m more and more comfortable being alone.” – Sienna Miller

12. “Loneliness is sad, aloneness is blissful.” – Osho

13. “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” – Anthony Burgess

14. “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he doesn’t love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”– Arthur Schopenhauer

15. “Don’t go away. I don’t want to be alone. I can’t stand being alone.” – Arnold Rothstein

16. “I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

17. “Stand firm in the Lord. Stand firm and let Him fight your battle. Do not try to fight alone.” – Francine Rivers

18. “And if you couldn’t be loved, the next best thing was to be let alone.” – L.M. Montgomery

19. “There I was, cold, isolated, and desperate for something I knew I couldn’t have. A solution. A remedy. Anything. …I hated it. Alone and confused was the last place I wanted to be. Somehow I knew I deserved this.” – Brian Krans

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Motivational Quotes About Being Alone

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1. “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” – Norman Cousin

2. “The hardest walk you can make is to walk alone. But it’s the walk that will make you stronger.” – Unknown

3. “She understood how a world jammed with phones, email, and faxes could still leave you feeling utterly alone.”– Jodi Picoult

4. “Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself.” – Sanober Khan

5. “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 Hale

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

7. “I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what 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

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

9. “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

10. “The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” – Pearl S. Buck

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11. “People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.” – Karl Lagerfeld

12. “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” – Amit Ray

13. “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

14. “We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

16. “I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers, and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.” – Roman Payne

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

18. “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

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

20. “I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.”– Bjork

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Thought-Provoking Loneliness Quotes

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1. “Leave me alone. Don’t push so much.” – Laurence Fishburne.

2. “I am lost without you. I am soulless, a drifter without a home, a solitary bird in a flight to nowhere. I am all these things, and I am nothing at all. This, my darling, is my life without you. I long for you to show me how to live again.” – Nicholas Sparks

3. “I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.” – Charles Bukowski

4. “Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.” – Criss Jami

5. “It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.” – Marilyn Monroe

6. “Every time my dreams threaten to become reality, something always happens and I end up alone.” – Jane Green

7. “Never give importance to anyone more than yourself, because once that person becomes important, you become nothing…”– Viren

8. “I woke up early and took the first train to take me away from the city. The noise and all its people. I was alone on the train and had no idea where I was going, and that’s why I went there. Two hours later we arrived in a small town, one of those towns with one single coffee shop and where everyone knows each other’s name. I walked for a while until I found the water, the most peaceful place I know. There I sat and stayed the whole day, with nothing and everything on my mind, cleaning my head. Silence, I learned, is sometimes the most beautiful sound.” – Charlotte Eriksson

9. “Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” – Robert Tew

10. “We need solitude because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts.” – Tamim Ansary

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11. “Yes, there is joy, fulfillment, and companionship – but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.” – Sylvia Plath

12. “I don’t know why I still feel this pit in my stomach whenever I get a moment to think. I know what the pit is, too; I feel lonely. But I’m not alone, I keep telling myself.” – Pittacus Lore

13. “Always remember that you were once alone, and the crowd you see in your life today are just as unnecessary as when you were alone.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

14. “In the beginning, being alone is always a choice. Then it’s not a choice anymore. When did it stop being a choice? What is it in me that stopped choosing you, that moved into you instead so that I have to be with you in order to be with myself?” – Gunnar Ardelius

15. “Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.” – Unknown

16. “Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone.” – Rollo May

17. “You do not have to be alone. The world never inflicts loneliness upon us. That is something we choose or reject by ourselves.” – Darren Shan

18. “I never wanted to be alone, but I always opted for loneliness. I am an emotional, sensitive and expressive creature. I cannot detach my feelings, never could I control. I fall in love and I can be easily broken.” – M.F. Moonzajer

19. “Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” — Pearl Buck

20. “I finally faced the fact that it isn’t a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems.” – Whitney Houston

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Standing Alone Quotes

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1. “When the others were picked up and walked home by friends or fathers or best friend’s sisters, I was the kid in a grey hoodie, walking with the poets, the singers, the thinkers, and I was not alone.” – Charlotte Eriksson

2. “I secretly enjoy being alone – hiking alone, skiing alone, walking along the beach alone, going to movies alone. Do not get me wrong, I like sharing my life with other people, but sometimes I really enjoy being as alone as possible.” – Josh Zuckerman

3. “One thing that is clearer to me every day is how much we all have in common, and one of those commonalities is that we all think we are alone.” – Liat Segal

4. “Down and out? You are not alone! Most people have gone through that process. Yet today, they are a success.” – Gift Gugu Mona

5. “I’m all alone, but I’m not lonely.” – Haruki Murakami

6. “People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane until we invented smartphones and social media.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

7. “If we are alone, we become more alone. Life is strange.” – Paulo Coelho

8. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “The tragedy is not that we are alone, but that we cannot be. At times I would give anything in the world to no longer be connected by anything to this universe of men.” – Albert Camus

10. “We all do have our own reasons for being alone; in my case, I just don’t like wasting my time on some assholes.” – M.F. Moonzajer

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11. “I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what 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

12. “It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.” – Joel Osteen

13. “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.” – Eda J. LeShan

14. “He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted.” – Patrick Süskind

15. “I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Therefore, in order to win me over, your presence has to feel better than my solitude. You’re not competing with another person, you’re competing with my comfort zones.” – Horacio Jones

16. “If you are afraid of being lonely don’t try to be right.” – Jules Renard

17. “Sometimes I think that my own company is more suitable for me than if I were around others. Because of the person that I am.” – Kyle Labe

18. “She was happiest in her own little world. She didn’t need anyone or anything to complete her. She was whole, all by herself.” – Unknown

19. “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

20. “If you want to miss your crown follow the crowd. If you want to wear the crown, go alone, and be yourself.” – Israelmore Ayivor

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After reading these amazing, inspirational, and truly soul-touching alone quotes, I hope you were able to find some solace and peace.

My advice to you is this: Never be afraid of being alone. Be afraid of being around the wrong kind of people.

After all, isn’t that the worst kind of loneliness?

Find your tribe and stick to them. Whoever doesn’t contribute to your happiness, doesn’t deserve a place in your heart.

These alone quotes have encouraged me to reevaluate myself and the people I hold close, and I can only pray they do the same for you.

Top 100+ Being Alone Quotes & Sayings To Help Fight Your Loneliness