Maria Popova On Solitude And Loneliness

Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) There is, of course, a universe of difference between solitude and loneliness — two radically different interior orientations toward the same exterior circumstance of lacking companionship. We speak of “fertile solitude” as a developmental achievement essential for our creative capacity, but loneliness is barren and destructive; it cottons in …

Rollo May On Solitude

Rollo Reese May (April 21, 1909 – October 22, 1994) 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.