60 Recluse Quotes On Success In Life

These recluse quotes will inspire you. Recluse, a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging recluse quotes, recluse sayings, and recluse proverbs.

Best Recluse Quotes

  1. “Normally seven minutes of another person’s company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding.” ~ Steig Larsson
  2. “”Gun-wielding recluse gunned down by local police” isn’t the epitaph I want. I am hoping for “Witnesses reported the sound up to two hundred kilometers away” or “Last body part finally located”.” ~ James Nicoll
  3. “I really am a recluse. I just enjoy watching the wind blow through the trees. In America someone who sits around and does that is at the bottom of the ladder, but in Japan, say, someone who goes up into the mountains is accorded great respect. I guess I am somewhere in between. I enjoy reclusion: it clears my mind.” ~ Robert M. Pirsig
  4. “They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.” ~ Emily Dickinson

  5. “I am something of a recluse by nature. I am that cordless screwdriver that has to charge for twenty hours to earn ten minutes use. I need that much downtime.” ~ Donald Miller
  6. “In the life of each of us there is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness.” ~ Sarah Orne Jewett , Recluse quotes for life
  7. “A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.” ~ Dean Koontz
  8. “A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.” ~ Alfred Nobel

  9. “Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse. Untrammeled reasoning is the indulgence of the philosopher, of the dreamer of sweet dreams.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
  10. “I’m still a recluse. I still hate everyone. I’m still a misanthrope.” ~ Al Jourgensen
  11. “I’m far from being reclusive. I have thirty or forty year friendships that I prefer to meeting new people. I go to an occasional party, but just because I don’t go to a lot of events, and I’m not out in public all the time doesn’t mean I’m anti-social or a recluse.” ~ Kirk Kerkorian
  12. “Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

  13. “When I think of mystery, I don’t think about myself. I think of the universe, like why does the moon rise when the sun falls? Caterpillars turn into butterflies? I really haven’t remained a recluse.” ~ Bob Dylan
  14. “I’m not really comfortable with who I am to be honest. I feel more free to step into the shoes of somebody else. There’s always an element of me in there but, you know, if you give me a script and some clothes I can do anything. But, as Ryan, I’m a bit of a recluse.” ~ Ryan Kwanten
  15. “The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one–or both. Usually both.” ~ Susan Sontag
  16. “They called me a ‘rapist’ and a ‘recluse.’ I’m not a recluse.” ~ Mike Tyson

  17. “How can you be a recluse in a house full of children, even if you had the inclination to be, which I don’t?” ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
  18. “I feel akin to the Platypus. An orphan in a family. A swimmer, a recluse. Part bird, part fish, part lizard.” ~ Trevor Dunn
  19. “I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. It got me as I was coming out of the shower. I’d never seen that kind of spider before, I’m from Canada and we don’t get those types up there.” ~ Elisha
  20. “I’m kind of a recluse when it comes to going outside.” ~ Erykah Badu

  21. “Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.” ~ Margaret Fuller
  22. “A certain recluse, I know not who, once said that no bonds attached him to this life, and the only thing he would regret leaving was the sky.” ~ Yoshida Kenko
  23. “My belief is that “recluse” is a code word generated by journalists… meaning, “doesn’t like to talk to reporters.”” ~ Thomas Pynchon
  24. “I’m kind of a recluse.” ~ Faye Dunaway

  25. “No matter how different our First Ladies have been – and as individual women they have ranged from recluses to vibrant hostesses to political manipulators on a par with Machiavelli – they have all shared the unnerving experience of facing a job they did not choose.” ~ Margaret Truman Daniel
  26. “The Lord chose the apostles, that they should be with Him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” ~ Theophan the Recluse
  27. “Examine yourself to see whether you have within you a strong sense of your own self importance, or negatively, whether you have failed to realize that you are nothing. This feeling of self-importance is deeply hidden, but it controls the whole of our life. Its first demand is that everything should be as we wish it, and as soon as this is not so we complain to God and are annoyed with people.” ~ Theophan the Recluse
  28. “Me, I walk along and feel quietly defensive, a recluse in the Land of We. That’s quite the loaded word, ‘we.” ~ Caroline Knapp

  29. “We care. We feel. We think. We do not always miss the absent one. We cannot always come when called. Being friends with a loner requires patience and the wisdom that distance does not mean dislike.” ~ Anneli Rufus
  30. “The older I get, the more of a recluse I turn into. I love the social aspect of my work. It’s like a commune and gets very intense and very sociable. Then when I am not working, I shut myself away, so I can see myself living up a mountain.” ~ Ben Daniels
  31. “In the life of each of us, I said to myself, there is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness; we are each the uncompanioned hermit and recluse of an hour or a day; we understand our fellows of the cell to whatever age of history they may belong.” ~ Sarah Orne Jewett
  32. “In 1970s Britain, conservative philosophy was the preoccupation of a few half-mad recluses.” ~ Roger Scruton

  33. “The perfect mystic is not an ecstatic devotee lost in contemplation of Oneness, nor a saintly recluse shunning all commerce with mankind, but “the true saint” goes in and out amongst the people and eats and sleeps with them and buys and sells in the market and marries and takes part in social intercourse, and never forgets God for a single moment.” ~ Abu-Sa’id Abul-Khayr
  34. “As a recluse I couldn’t bear traffic. It had nothing to do with jealousy, I simply disliked people, crowds, anywhere, except at my readings. People diminished me, they sucked me dry.” ~ Charles Bukowski
  35. “Yes, it’s a very difficult thing to do, to promote a record, do television shows, and to still want to remain private, it’s really quite difficult to explain to people what you’re trying to do. I mean I’d actually quite like to be a recluse, but you know, you’ve got to promote the record as well.” ~ Chris Lowe
  36. “I never became a recluse where I got away from people and who they are and how they think. I’m very much in touch with the world.” ~ Andrew Dice Clay

  37. “The gain isn’t counted to the recluse and inactive that, having nothing to measure themselves by and never being tested by failure, they simmer and soak perpetually in conscious complacency.” ~ Alice James
  38. “As to the Christian religion, besides the strong evidence which we have for it, there is a balance in its favor from the number of great men who have been convinced of its truth after a serious consideration of the question. Grotius was an acute man, a lawyer, a man accustomed to examine evidence, and he was convinced. Grotius was not a recluse, but a man of the world, who certainly had no bias on the side of religion. Sir Isaac Newton set out an infidel, and came to be a very firm believer.” ~ Samuel Johnson
  39. “The excess of the voluptuary, like the austerities of the recluse, triumphs in the suffrage of perverted reason.” ~ Samuel Parr
  40. “The press has always written that I am a recluse and a mysterious woman, but I am more down-to-earth than they think.” ~ Agnetha Faltskog

  41. “If there’s any mystery to me at all, it’s probably due to the fact that I’m not online and don’t go to conventions–which means that I’m probably not as accessible to fans as most writers are these days. If that makes me seem like a weird recluse, so be it.” ~ Bentley Little
  42. “Most of the methods for measuring the lapse of time have, I believe, been the contrivance of monks and religious recluses, who, finding time hang heavy on their hands, were at some pains to see how they got rid of it.” ~ William Hazlitt
  43. “Experience has taught me that those who give their time to the absorbing claims of what is called society, not having leisure to keep up a large acquaintance with the organs of opinion, remain much more ignorant of the general state either of the public mind, or of the active and instructed part of it, than a recluse who reads the newspapers need be.” ~ John Stuart Mill
  44. “I am a recluse at present & do nothing but write & read & read & write” ~ Katherine Mansfield

  45. “The temptation is to stay inside; to subside into the kind of recluse whom neighborhood children regard with derision and little awe; to let the hedges and weeds grow up, to allow the doors to rust shut, to lie on my bed in some gown-shaped garment and let my hair lengthens and spread out over the pillow and my fingernails to sprout into claws, while candle wax drips onto the carpet. But long ago I made a choice between classicism and romanticism. I prefer to be upright and contained—an urn in daylight.” ~ Margaret Atwood
  46. “A springlike autumn’s balmy breeze reaches afar. The sun shines on the house of a recluse South of the river; They encourage the December apricots To burst into bloom: A simplehearted person Faces the simplehearted flowers.” ~ Sun Bu’er
  47. “You can’t kill America. We’re more than a nation. We’re a notion. We’re an idea. The American Dream. You never heard of the Afghanistani Dream have you. Except by bearded hermetic recluses with a fetish for uneducated women dressed as giant shuttlecocks.” ~ Will Durst
  48. “I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.” ~ Barack Obama

  49. “After I recovered from ‘Lioness’, I wanted to write something about animals because I really like mythical creatures, especially dragons. At 12, I was one of those semi-recluses who did better with animals than people. Out of that, came the character, Daine, who could communicate with animals.” ~ Tamora Pierce
  50. “You don’t need to be recluse and stay away from people. But you have to set aside a lot of time for stillness. That is the only place there is real fulfillment. You need to slow it down.” ~ Frederick Lenz
  51. “The monk, the inquisitor, and the Jesuit were lords of Spain,- sovereigns of her sovereign, for they had formed the dark and narrow mind of that tyrannical recluse. They had formed the minds of her people, quenched in blood every spark of rising heresy, and given over a noble nation to a bigotry blind and inexorable as the doom of fate. Linked with pride, ambition, avarice, every passion of a rich, strong nature, potent for good and ill, it made the Spaniard of that day a scourge as dire as ever fell on man.” ~ Francis Parkman
  52. “I’m happy to feed the illusion that I’m a lazy recluse.” ~ Julian Casablancas

  53. “I’m an animal. I’m an animal in real-life and an animal onstage. I never became a recluse, I never lived up in the Hills where I didn’t see real life. You know what I mean? I’m not still living in Brooklyn, but I’m still living in the street. I go out by myself, I don’t go out with a million body guards, I run my own errands.” ~ Andrew Dice Clay
  54. “Find something you like, go into a room, close the door and read it aloud. Read it aloud. Everybody in the world who likes dance can see dance, or hear music, or see art, or admire architecture – but everybody in the world uses words who is not a recluse or mute. But the writer has to take these most common things, more common than musical notes or dance positions, a writer has to take some adverbs, and verbs and nouns and ball them up together and make them bounce.” ~ Maya Angelou
  55. “Malick is so far on the other side of the spectrum in terms of his character. Malick is a complete recluse, and not at all driven by ego or championing who he is as an individual. It’s all about the art. Whereas Herzog is constantly placing himself into the engine. Malick is such a gentle poet.” ~ Sam Pressman
  56. “Recluse fanatics have few ideas or sentiments to communicate . . .” ~ Edward Gibbon

  57. “I can’t think of any poet-recluses outside of one dead Jeffers. [Robinson Jeffers] The rest of them want to slobber over each other and hug each other. It appears to me that I am the last of the poet-recluses.” ~ Charles Bukowski
  58. “I was a social recluse for most of my life, and so a lot of relationships I’ve been in have been formed online. I met my first boyfriend online at 15, which culminated in me running away to San Francisco to be with him.” ~ Marie Calloway
  59. “This is what makes science so hard, and ultimately so fun. Think of the limits of what we know as a great suite of rooms inhabited by vast numbers of incredibly busy, incredibly messy, nearsighted people, all of whom are eccentric recluses.” ~ Alexei Panshin
  60. “I’m happy to be a writer – of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn’t a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use.” ~ Maya Angelou

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