Monday, April 25, 2011

Solitude: Mashup 2011

1) Video:

2) "Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to argumentations, discussions, or introductions of that sort; if it turns out that you are wrong then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights" - Rilke 23

3) "Some few people are born without a sense of time. as consequence, their sense of place becomes heightened to excruciating degree. They lie in tall grass and are questioned by poets and painters from all over the world. These time-deaf are beseeched to describe the precise placement of trees in the spring, the shape of snow on the Alps, the angle of sun on a church" Lightman 90

4) "Love your solitude and try to sing out the pain it causes you" Rilke- 41

5) Click Here - An interesting article about the difference between solitude and loneliness from a psychological stand point.

6) "What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours- that is what you must be able to attain. To be solitary as you were when you were a child, when the grownups walked around involved with matters that seemed large and important because they looked so busy and because you didn't understand a thing about what they were doing" - Rilke 55

7) "How could a soul survive out here, she thought, without a mirror, without a printed word, without a line connection one to mankind's history, mankind's self-perpetuating sadness? We're not made for open spaces, she considered, they humiliate and humble us and make us search for God in granite niches" - Wiggens 80

8) A poem of Solitude: 

An evening spent
Recalling life's events
Crowded in my skin
In Solitude

Pinful yet relishing a melody of lament
Drifting through my window
Gliding in uninvited
In solitude

Last night I cried out loud
For the sake of hearing some sound
Though I did not hear any
In solitude

Gawking at my naked fear
Of living a life unseen
Yearning to belong
In solitude

I woke up in the morning
Sang a song out loud
My voice wavering
In Solitude

I walked around
In my beloved home
My skin in flames
In solitude

Every molecule of air
Brushing against me
Scorched in vain
In solitude

It was raining that morn
When I came to life
My throat stinging
In solitude

I see no soul
I hear no sound
I smell no skin
In solitude

Yet, I feel no cold
And life goes on
As I bury myself
In solitude

9) "We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it" - Rilke 68

10) "Just the wish that you may find in yourself enough patience to endure and enough simplicity to have faith; that you may gain more and more confidence in what is difficult and in your solitude among other people. And as for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always" - Rilke 101

11) "For each town, late at night, the vacant streets and balconies fill up with their moans" Lightman 9

12) "Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight,where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance" - Rilke 8

13) "Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone"  ~Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now


Source List:

1) Okonokumo. "YouTube - 40 Second Nature 40秒の自然 Time Lapse Cherry Blossom 2."YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 14 Apr. 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <>.
2) Rilke, Rainer Maria, Franz Xaver Kappus, and Stephen Mitchell. Letters to a Young Poet. New York: Random House, 1984. Print.
3) Lightman, Alan P. Einstein's Dreams. New York: Pantheon, 1993. Print.
4) Letters to a Young Poet
5) Marano, Hara Estroff. "What Is Solitude? | Psychology Today." Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness Find a Therapist. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <>.
6) Letters to a Young Poet
7) Wiggins, Marianne. The Shadow Catcher. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. Print.
8) "Solitude by Ravi Upadhye." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of Poems and Poets.. Poetry Search Engine. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <>9) Letters to a Young Poet
10) Letters to a Young Poet
11) Einstein's Dreams
12) Letters to a Young Poet
13) Tillich, Paul Johannas. "Solitude Quotes and Sayings." The Quote Garden - Quotes, Sayings, Quotations, Verses. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <>
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