— Bell Hooks American author, feminist, and social activist 1952
„But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.“
Quelle: All About Love: New Visions
„My sweet, I do not mean to upset you in writing this, but I want to tell you that within us, as within the nature of every person's soul there is an emptiness and we constantly seek to find that and those in order to escape from being alone. This always has been so, and always the weight of loneliness is with us, and for this reason we think of this thing or that so as not to be left alone.“
— Arshile Gorky Armenian-American painter 1904 - 1948
Quelle: 1930 - 1941, from 'Arshile Gorky, – Goats on the roof' (2009), p. 132: in a letter to his sister Vartush Mooradian, after Mai 1938
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
We Had Him (2009)
Kontext: Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.
He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.
Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
— James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
A Moosehead Journal.
Literary Essays, vol. I (1864-1890)
— John Twelve Hawks, buch The Traveler
Fourth Realm Trilogy (2005-2009), The Traveler (2005)
„We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then Reality alone will remain, and we will be That.“
— Ramana Maharshi Indian religious leader 1879 - 1950
Abide as the Self
— John Steinbeck, buch The Grapes of Wrath
Quelle: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
— Joe Biden 47th Vice President of the United States (in office from 2009 to 2017) 1942
2021, November 2021, US President's Statement on Day 2 of the 2021 UN Climate Conference
„Then a overflowing desire comes to me, absurd, of a sort of satanism before Satan, in that one day […] an escape out of God can be found and the deepest of us stops, I don't know how, to be a part of being or not being.“
— Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares
Os Grandes Trechos, s/n. Translated from the Portuguese Richard Zenith Edition, Lisbon, 2006
The Book of Disquiet
Original: E então vem-me o desejo transbordante, absurdo, de uma espécie de satanismo que precedeu Satã, de que um dia [...] se encontre uma fuga para fora de Deus e o mais profundo de nós deixe, não sei como, de fazer parte do ser ou do não ser.
— Jean de La Bruyère, buch Les Caractères
Le commencement et le déclin de l'amour se font sentir par l'embarras où l'on est de se trouver seuls.
Les Caractères (1688), Du Coeur
„Men can frighten us, other women can frighten us, and sometimes we worry so much about what frightens us that we wait to have an orgasm until we are alone. We pretend to want things we don’t want so nobody can see us not getting what we need.“
— Lisa Taddeo American writer and journalist 1980
Quelle: On women being told to control their own impulses in “Lisa Taddeo on her bestseller Three Women: 'I thought I was writing a quiet little book'” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/06/lisa-taddeo-interview-three-women in The Guardian (2019 Dec 6)
— Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985
— Henry Kirke White English poet 1785 - 1806
Letter his White's aunt, 6 January 1800.
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Seneca the Younger, buch Epistulae morales
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter LXXVIII: On the Healing Power of the Mind
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
" Take Something Like a Star http://somethingbeautiful.typepad.com/blog/2004/10/robert_frost_to.html" (1949)
Kontext: O Star (the fairest one in sight)
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud —
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.
Say something to us that we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says "I burn."
„The woman is increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature, just as the man begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its highest meaning. Fundamentally, therefore, both seek a psychic relation to the other, because love needs the spirit, and the spirit love, for their fulfillment.“
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
Quelle: Contributions to Analytical Psychology (1928), p. 185