„Be not solitary, be not idle.“

—  Robert Burton (acadêmico), Section 4, member 2, subsection 6, Cure of Despair by Physic, Good Counsel, Comforts, etc.
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„If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.“

—  Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3
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„Transferring the receptor from a social worm to a solitary worm makes the solitary worm social.“

—  Eric R. Kandel American neuropsychiatrist 1929
Context: Cori Bargmann... has studied two variants of C. elegans... The only difference between the two is one amino acid in an otherwise shared receptor protein. Transferring the receptor from a social worm to a solitary worm makes the solitary worm social.

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„A solitary man is a God, or a beast. “

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
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„Writers may be solitary but they also tend to flock together: they like being solitary together.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Context: Writers may be solitary but they also tend to flock together: they like being solitary together. I knew a lot of writers in London and many of them were award-winning writers and many of them were award-winning, respectable writers. And the trouble with being an award-winning, respectable writer is that you probably are not making a living. If you write one well-reviewed, well-respected, not bad selling, but not a bestseller list book every three years, which you sell for a whopping 30,000 pounds, that's still going to average out to 10,000 pounds a year and you will make more managing a McDonald's. With overtime you'd probably make more working in a McDonald's. So there were incredibly well-respected, award-winning senior writers who, to make ends meet, were writing film novelizations and TV novelizations under pen names that they were desperately embarrassed about and didn't want anybody to know about. January magazine interview (2002)

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„And sings a solitary song
That whistles in the wind.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Lucy Gray, or Solitude, st. 16 (1799).

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„The artist after all is a solitary being.“

—  Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
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„When the idle poor
Become the idle rich
You'll never know
just who is who
or who is which.“

—  Yip Harburg American song lyricist 1896 - 1981
"When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich" in Finian's Rainbow (1946) - Fred Astaire version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmW0FA93cJc

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„Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
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„It is idle to play the lyre for an ass.“

—  Jerome Catholic saint and Doctor of the Church 345 - 420
Letter 27; Translated by W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3001.htm

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„Idleness is only fatal to the mediocre.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

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