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It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.
The Mysterious Island
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.
If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.
Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star.
If life be a war, it seemed my destiny to conduct it single-handed.
The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
F. Scott Fitzgerald,
The Great Gatsby
If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
Brave New World
We live as we dream--alone....
Heart of Darkness
Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.