Religious figures from Moses to Jesus, Mohammed and the Buddha all found great value in solitude.
In this wired age of non-stop communication with little time for reflection and contemplation, many find it vital to carve out time in order to have time to be creative, innovative, and imaginative.
Octavio Paz Mexican writer, poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature said “Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.”
“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“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. ” – Arthur Schopenhauer
My pictures on people reading around the world will be featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 5.