lapidary apothegms

pithy sayings (apothegms) that should be written in stone (lapidary)

solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition

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Written by Dan

November 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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  1. Solitude is indeed a profound condition, be it in a physical or mental state. The first often provokes the second, in which escape from realism into a world of surrealism can take place. It is a place where the deepest thoughts can wander freely and perceptions are tuned to an inner world. Solitude is a place of contemplation. Octavio Paz understood this very well, as did Marquez.


    December 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm

  2. …i think, there is more authenticity and rootedness to realize oneself in oneself. as finding oneself in another is illusory, transient and palliative.


    December 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  3. agree whole-heartedly with the Sartrean “realizing of one’s self” in one’s self, so I think that the Noble laureate’s (Paz, that is) observation is descriptive not prescriptive. So the question is why do we seek to realize ourselves through the other? Is it because of the fragility/emptiness of our own selves; or is it because we cannot handle the solitude? Or left to our own selves, are we finally reduced to solipsism?


    December 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

  4. Sartre’s self-contained self is the most stupid thing I can think of. It is simply a lie. No self-determined man exists or can exist. Man is gloriously finite. Solitude is best when shared. Hence our search for others.


    June 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  5. I’m not sure I would call Sartre’s idea of a self-contained self “stupid”, but I certainly agree that no-one can remain solitary and self-contained for extended periods of time. Solitude, if shared, however, is then no longer solitude. Do we not seek others to share our feelings with, or search for recognition or sanction of our thoughts and ideas?

    Beechmount (Turbot)


    August 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  6. Solitude only apparently disappears when shared. Solitude is a state of the soul. Two or more persons can communicate to each other that state without losing it.


    August 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  7. Solitude is the worst thing that I experienced, in addition to solitude you will find out that no one likes you and no one can understand you, this is the situation that makes you about suicide and…


    May 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  8. there’s a difference between solitude & the loneliness to which you are referring


    May 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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