It’s hard to show people everything, you know? You never know what they’ll do with it once they have it.
Nick Burd, The Vast Fields of Ordinary
There’s a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends ‘cause I’m too content being by myself.
Everything seems to be exhausting me, no matter how much sleep or how much coffee I drink or how long I lie down, something inside me seems to have given up. My soul is tired.
In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies
Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation, like acid spilling out of a bottle, can unconsciously eat away at a person’s heart and dissolve it. You could see it, too, as a kind of double-edged sword. It protects me, but at the same time steadily cuts away at me from the inside.
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment. Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.
Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase
I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.
My heart feels so heavy and I don’t know how to carry it.
Sharon Dogar, Annexed
Isn’t it refreshing to know that what comes perfectly natural for you is your greatest strength? Your power is in your nature. You may not think it’s a big deal that you can spend hours immersed in something that interests you—alone—but the extrovert next door has no idea how you do it.
Laurie Helgoe, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength