Faith may bolster the ascetic, but boredom wears him down—grime and solitude breed apathy.
"When I'm spending 16 hours on a tractor, it gives me some opportunity to sort through issues in solitude," he tells me.
Gabriel García Márquez, dead at 87, wrote a lot of great fiction, but nothing greater than One Hundred Years of solitude.
A bit of solitude can be soothing, but after protracted periods lack of regular basic human contact plays tricks on the mind.
Nowhere else do 13-year-old boys agree to square dance with their mothers or take the time to realize the solitude in knitting.
Glennard felt that he could not trust himself to a winter's solitude with her.
She knew something of the fatigues, as well as the pleasures, of solitude.
And the grim little room and solitude for the end of every journey!
The silence and solitude through which they passed, at times seemed pleasing, and again almost awful.
He rambled at random with the uncertain step caused by solitude.
mid-14c., from Old French solitude "loneliness" (14c.) and directly from Latin solitudinem (nominative solitudo) "loneliness, a being alone; lonely place, desert, wilderness," from solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). "Not in common use in English until the 17th c." [OED]
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; ... if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. [Schopenhauer, "The World as Will and Idea," 1818]Solitudinarian "recluse, unsocial person" is recorded from 1690s.