Isolation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old isolation quotes, isolation sayings, and isolation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves, and where they dream.     

Roger Rosenblatt

Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment. Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.     

Jeanne Marie Laskas

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

Isolation offered its own form of companionship.     

Jhumpa Lahiri

I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe.     

Anaïs Nin

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.     

Tennessee Williams

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.     

Wayne Dyer

Isolation is a self-defeating dream.     

Carlos Salinas de Gortari

The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.     

John Lubbock

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.     

Thomas Carlyle

I would get a lot of writing done if I lived in isolation in a cave under a swamp.     

Claire Cameron

Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.     

Dan Brown

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.     

Dale Carnegie

Love can isolate us from everything around us. But in its absence, we can be filled with the fear that something comparable exists.     

Carlos Fuentes

We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.     

Rudyard Kipling

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

Loneliness doesn't have much to do with where you are.     

Hugh Hefner

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.     

Joseph Roux

But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.     

Megan Whalen Turner

I was never less alone than when by myself.     

Edward Gibbon

There is no such thing as a good or bad ad in isolation. What is good at one moment is bad at another. Research can trap you into the past.     

William Bernbach

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.     

Henry David Thoreau

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.     

Henrik Ibsen

A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.     

Ludwig Wittgenstein

There was nothing lonelier than a man with a million friends.     

William Shatner

No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation.     

Daisaku Ikeda

Living alone, though it may not be the state you ultimately desire for yourself, affords an unparalleled opportunity to know yourself, to be yourself, and to develop yourself as a unique and interesting individual.     

Phyllis Hobe

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

Aldous Huxley

I am greatly pleased with the public, authentic isolation in which we two, you and I, now find ourselves. It is wholly in accord with our attitude and our principles.     

Karl Marx

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.     

Lillian Hellman