Alienation Sayings and Quotes

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


We are imprisoned in life in the company of persons powerfully unlike us.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.     

R. D. Laing

Disconnection or alienation from the past has political consequences.     

Mal Peet

The alienation of man thus appeared as the fundamental evil of capitalist society.     

Karl Marx

This whole theory of alienation that intellectuals have been passing on, really is just to stop a lot of ham acting. If you fill something with a proper emotion, it didn't worry him at all.     

John Hurt

Not knowing where your food comes from is a primary form of alienation.     

Allen Lacy

There is a terrible alienation in the ordinary man between what he is being told and what he secretly believes.     

John Le Carre

Modern humanity's sense of alienation lies in the fact that we have cut ourselves adrift from both the natural world and from the roots of our past.     

Philip Carr-Gomm

Mankind's self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order.     

Jerry Mander

We are born into a world where alienation awaits us. We are potentially men, but are in an alienated state, and this state is not simply a natural system. Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.     

R. D. Laing

To a man utterly without a sense of belonging, mere life is all that matters. It is the only reality in an eternity of nothingness, and he clings to it with shameless despair.     

Eric Hoffer

It is really an alienation to believe that learning is the result of teaching.     

Ivan Illich

All separation, every kind of estrangement and alienation is false. All is one.     

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

It's such a profound alienation for a person not to be at home in their own body.     

Marilyn Wann

There is no alienation that a little power will not cure.     

Eric Hoffer

When we bury our feelings, we also bury ourselves. It means we exist in a state of alienation. We rarely know it, but we are lonely for ourselves.     

Nathaniel Branden

We live in a time where there's an alienation factor. There's a certain disconnection. We don't have any real sense of community anymore.     

Alan Ball

Without alienation, there can be no politics.     

Arthur Miller

Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries.     

Jenny Holzer

Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do.     

Judd Nelson

To ward off alienation and gloom, it is only necessary to remember the unremembered heroes of the past, and to look around us for the unnoticed heroes of the present.     

Howard Zinn

Alienation and loneliness plant the seeds for rebellion and consciousness.     

B. W. Powe

Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.     

Maxwell Maltz

Alienation, I suppose, can't be hackneyed because it will always exist.     

Mike Birbiglia

Alienation is a form of living death. It is the acid of despair that dissolves society.     

Martin Luther King Jr.