12 Positive quotes from books to read when you feel alone

We all get that feeling sometimes when you just feel alone, and that can leave us feeling vulnerable and unwanted and like there’s no one who really understands.

But without some alone time, we can’t really understand ourselves. And in books we learn that there’s a strength in that feeling. And even sometimes being alone is a necessity and makes us stronger.

Here are 12 book quotes that show the positive side of being alone.

1. “If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.”
Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

2. “Now that he was quite alone, condemned, deserted, as those who are about to die are alone, there was a luxury in it, an isolation full of sublimity; a freedom which the attached can never know.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

3. “There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

4. “Being alone is good sometimes. Because no matter what happens, there are times in your life when all you have is you. And you’ve got to learn to have your own back.”
Piper Lawson, Bad Girl

5. “I think two of the fundamental facts of being a person are 1. We must go on, and 2. None of us ever walks alone. We may feel alone (in fact, we will feel alone), but even in the crushing grind of isolation, we aren’t alone.”
John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed

6. “I felt much more productive when I was alone, and if I wasn’t productive, at least I wasn’t being chastised.”
Kiera Cass, The Prince

7. “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, West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story

8. “Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”
Mike Norton, White Mountain

9. “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, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

10. “I’m all alone, but I’m not lonely.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

11. “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, Birth of a Killer

12. “There is a certain strength in being alone.”
Heather Duffy Stone, This Is What I Want to Tell You

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