51 Loneliness Quotes That Will Make You Feel Seen

These loneliness quotes can help you find inner peace when you really need it—and remind you that you're not alone.

We all get a little lonely sometimes. While we might feel completely alone in those moments and like no one else can understand, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. These loneliness quotes prove that we’re never truly alone in those feelings, and that knowledge can be life-changing. And hey, being lonely isn’t always a bad thing, as it allows us to connect with ourselves on a deeper level. So, if you’re going through a tough time, remember: We’re all in this together. For more inspiration, check out these strength quoteslife quotes, and uplifting quotes next.

Quotes that express loneliness

1. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

2. “Ah, look at all the lonely people.” —The Beatles

3. “If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” —Jodi Picoult

4. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” —Maya Angelou

5. “There is nothing outside of yourself. Look within. Everything you want is there.” —Rumi

6. “We feel alone, and in this we are connected.” —Leo Babauta

7. “The loneliness you feel is actually an opportunity to reconnect with others and yourself.” —Maxime Lagacé

8. “Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself.” —Anonymous

9. “Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

10. “Sometimes being surrounded by everyone is the loneliest, because you’ll realize you have no one to turn to.” —Soraya

11. “Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” —Pearl Buck

12. “What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be.” —Ellen Burstyn

13. “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

14. “If you are alone, you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion, you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct, and if you have more than one companion, you will fall more deeply into the same plight.” —Leonardo da Vinci

15. “Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone, and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.” —Pau Tillich

16. “The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.” —Justin Timberlake

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17. “There’s nothing abnormal about loneliness.” —Paula Stokes

18. “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which makes you lonely.” —Lorraine Hansberry

19. “Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.” —Martha Beck

20. “When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.” —Gertrude Stein 

21. “We don’t need sugar, flour or rice or anything else. We just want to see our dear ones.” —Hafiz of Persia

22. “Ordinary men hate solitude. But the master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.” —Lao Tzu

23. “There is something immaculate about loneliness which only lonely people can understand.” —Munia Khan 

24. “We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart…and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.” —Helen Hayes

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Quotes about overcoming loneliness

25. “Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” —Robert Tew

26. “The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” —Douglas Coupland

27. “A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” —Mandy Hale

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28. “Sometimes you have to stand alone just to make sure you still can.” —Anonymous

29. “People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.” —Kim Culbertson

30. “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” —Thomas Wolfe

31. “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” —Hans F. Hansen

32. “In the solitude of your dreams grows the flame that will bring the light to this world.” —Unknown

33. “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.” —Mitch Albom

34. “Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise, and thousands of nodding acquaintances.” —William Powell

35. “Find company within yourself and you’ll never spend a day alone. Find love within yourself and you’ll never have a lonely day.” —Connor Chalfant

36. “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” —Amit Ray

37. “Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.” —Paul Tillich

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Quotes about being strong alone

38. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” —Michel de Montaigne

39. “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” —Robin Williams

40. “All great and precious things are lonely.” —John Steinbeck

41. “Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.” —Anonymous

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42. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” —Henry Rollins

43. “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death—ourselves.” —Eda J. LeShan

44. “Being alone and actually sitting with our own thoughts can lead to such growth and realizations that are rare in our everyday busy lives.” —Kourtney Kardashian

45. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” —Albert Einstein

46. “By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.” —George Herbert

47. “If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” —Andy Rooney

48. “I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” —Oscar Wilde

49. “Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.” —William Orville Douglas

50. “A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.” —Bertrand Russell

51. “I will fill myself with the desert and the sky. I will be stone and stars, unchanging and strong and safe. The desert is complete; it is spare and alone, but perfect in its solitude. I will be the desert.” —Kiersten White

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Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is a former assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who writes about digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pickup lines and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.