Sometimes it is good to take some alone time to relax and recharge. When alone time happens too often or when you're feeling disconnected from others, loneliness can set in. Differentiating between the two can be difficult at times, but reading some of these quotes and using them, as a personal mantra can be helpful. Many quotes about loneliness have a negative connotation, but this post highlights a more positive mindset.
A 13th-century Persian religious figure and bard, Rumi wrote many quotes, which were based on love, hope, encouragement and developing spirituality. His quotes are perfect for uplifting a lonely soul.
"Don't feel lonely; the entire universe is inside you."
"Don't you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds."
"It's your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you."
"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."
"Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you?"
"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen."
"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go."
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"Not everyone you lose is a loss."
Meaning: Even when you break up with someone or decide that a friendship is not working it is not a loss to you. If that person isn't a positive energy source in your life or if they are bringing pain and negativity, you don't need them in your life, so you aren't losing anything.
"Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out."
Meaning: Being by yourself can be a good thing. You can relax and recharge without anyone bothering you. Being alone doesn't always equal loneliness. Spending time in your happy place, alone, can be the best medicine. The peace and quiet can help you hear what your soul is saying to you.
"When you are evolving to your higher self, the road seems lonely. But you're simply shedding energies that no longer match the frequency of your destiny."
Meaning: As you get older and move through life, your beliefs and ideas will change. You may decide that things you did or beliefs that you had when you were younger are no longer useful and that you may have wasted time and effort on fruitless pursuits. As you make this journey, you may also decide that you have outgrown the people who you shared your past with. Though you may be journeying by yourself or without those you once spent time with, you are becoming the person that you truly want to be.
"The hardest walk is walking alone, but it's also the walk that makes you the strongest."
Meaning: Working on things by yourself gives you the tools and abilities to conquer anything that you come across. Not depending on others forces you to figure things out on your own, which makes you a stronger person.
"Standing alone is better than being around people who don't value you."
Meaning: Standing in your truth and being proud of your beliefs, even if you are the only one, is better than being around people who don't support you or believe in you. It will make you a stronger person who can deal with anything that you face. You can feel more loneliness being around people who don't care about you or who don't interact with you than being by completely by yourself.
"People know your name, not your story. They've heard what you've done, but not what you've been through. So take their opinions of you with a grain of salt. In the end, it's not what others think; it's what you think about yourself that counts. Sometimes you have to do exactly what's best for you and your life, not what's best for everyone else."
Meaning: If being by yourself is something that you feel is best for you, do it. Don't worry about what others think or say. You know what is best for you and what makes you happy. Others' opinions are not important because you are the most important person in your own life.
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"Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone, and solitude expresses the glory of being alone." - Paul Tillich
Meaning: Loneliness and solitude are two very different things. Loneliness can be painful while solitude is a time for yourself to discover, ponder and make decisions. Time by yourself can be a celebration of getting to know yourself better.
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." - Maya Angelou
Meaning: Sometimes music can make you feel better. It can make you feel like you aren't alone or lonely.
"Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they're big, flashing signs that something needs to change." - Gretchen Rubin
Meaning: When you are feeling negative emotions, it means that something in your life may need to change to make it more positive, happy and joyful. You may be in a slump and changing up how things are going can put you into a more positive place.
"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon." - Woody Allen
Meaning: Negative emotions and negative states of mind are only temporary. "These emotional states are also natural at points in life. "
"Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions." - Robert Fulghum
Meaning: Solitude is not a bad thing. It is a choice, and sometimes you need solitude to ponder and work out thoughts, ideas, and issues. Once you feel that you've had enough time by yourself, you can then join friends to do things together. With loneliness, you may not have the option to move from being alone to being with others.
"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
Meaning: Being by yourself doesn't have to be a bad thing. Don't be scared to spend time with yourself and with yourself. Being by yourself, with yourself can be a great experience.
"Loneliness comes with life." - Whitney Houston
Meaning: EVERYONE feels lonely in his or her life.
"Writing is an antidote for loneliness." - Steven Berkoff
Meaning: Words can keep you company and make you feel a sense of belonging.
"Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not." - Anna Neagle
Meaning: Being by yourself, with yourself can be a positive experience. Being by yourself when it isn't your choice may carry a more negative connotation. How you view your solitude makes the difference between whether it is pleasant solitude or unpleasant loneliness.
"There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while." - Tom Hanks
Meaning: Monks live in solitude as a choice, and they are happy and content. Having that life, for a little while, could be a great thing.
"Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish, and loneliness." - Indra Devi
Meaning: Yoga is a wonderful practice in which to learn about yourself, become calmer and soulful and willing to look at things with different eyes. Yoga is not just about the movements; it's about mindfulness and learning how to deal with negative and positive emotions in better ways.
"Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man." - Thomas Wolfe and "You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one." - Theodore Sturgeon
Meaning: Everyone feels lonely at some point.
"If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company." - Jean-Paul Sartre
Meaning: Sometimes being alone can be a good thing and whether it's good is dependent on your perspective. If you look at being alone as a bad thing, it will be a negative experience.
"You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with." - Wayne Dyer
Meaning: Learn to love yourself, and you won't ever be lonely.
If you have feelings of loneliness that you cannot overcome, talking to a counselor can help. Going to BetterHelp (https://www.betterhelp.com/start/) can be your first step to getting the help you need. It is private, convenient and is a great investment in your wellness. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.