“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
~ Norton Luster
“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~ Rollo May
“I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” ~ Bob Newhart Click to tweet.
“Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”~ Nikola Tesla
“I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.” ~ Laurie Helgoe Click to tweet.
“I talked to a calzone for fifteen minutes last night before I realized it was just an introverted pizza. I wish all my acquaintances were so tasty. ” ~ Jarod Kintz
“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” ~ Patricia Highsmith
“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous — to poetry.” ~ Thomas Mann Click to tweet.
“Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.” ~ Lou Dorfsman
“A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.” ~ Bertrand Russell
“Whatever kind of introvert you are, some people will find you “too much” in some ways and “not enough” in others.” ~ Laurie Helgoe
“Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.” ~ Ester Bucholz
“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured…Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” ~ Susan Cain
“…because I rant not, neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing? ” ~ R.D. Blackmore
“In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.” ~ Criss Jami
“Let’s clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.” ~ Laurie Helgoe
“Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.” ~ Al Gore
Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. ~ Napoleon Hill
“Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.” ~ Liv Tyler Click to tweet.
“I was never less alone than when by myself.” ~ Edward Gibbon Click to tweet.
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~ Franz Kafka
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato Click to tweet.
“As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves.” ~ Laurie Helgoe
“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” ~Yoko Ono Click to tweet.
“Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.” ~ Susan Cain Click to tweet.