Best Quotes About Isolation

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. -Joseph Roux

There is no such thing as a good or bad ad in isolation. What is good at one moment is bad at another. Research can trap you into the past. -William Bernbach

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. -Robert A. Heinlein

The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life. -Eleonora Duse

The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes. -Carl von Clausewitz

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people… to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. -Kofi Annan

There's a real purity in New Zealand that doesn't exist in the states. It's actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore. It's a unique place because it is so far away from the rest of the world. There is a sense of isolation and also being protected. -Elijah Wood

Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Tasmanian history is a study of human isolation unprecedented except in science fiction – namely, complete isolation from other humans for 10,000 years. -Jared Diamond

Teamwork is better than isolation, especially for a columnist. -Allan Sloan

If a man were living in isolation his income would be literally his product. Make him the monarch and owner of an island, and the fruits that he raises and the clothing that he makes constitute, in themselves, his income. This ceases to be true when trading begins. -John Bates Clark

The geographical isolation and lack of television made world happenings and problems seem remote. -Paul D. Boyer

My habit of glorifying things far away in space and time, also contributed to my social isolation. -Luke Ford

I think in the case of horror, it's a chance to confront a lot of your worse fears and those fears usually have to do, ironically, with powerlessness and isolation. -Adam Arkin

You're going through the horror of it, you're going through the isolation of it but you're being empowered by reminding yourself that you're connected to everybody else. -Adam Arkin

I think isolation is one of the greatest problems, an ever-growing obstacle to political solidarity. -Elfriede Jelinek

Providing a writer isn't put off by conventions – and some are – attending them can be a nice break from the necessary isolation of writing. -Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

If you want to end your isolation, you must be honest about what you want at a core level and decide to go after it. -Martha Beck

One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person. -Robert Morgan

The home stands in contrast to all other capitalist institutions as the last stronghold of pre-capitalist isolation. -C. L. R. James

You know, that single girl life and that sense of isolation – that doesn't leave you just like that. And that's what that song is about. I remember that, and that is imprinted on me, that sense. -Mary Chapin Carpenter

I am an isolationist. -Ethel Waters

An isolationist America is no bloody use to anyone. -Billy Bragg

I rent houses in LA when I'm filming. I find the isolation there terrifying. There's nowhere to go, there's nowhere to be with people. I'm not a beach bunny. -Kathleen Turner

And with each day that passed, the gulf broadened and my isolation became more accentuated. In such a situation, the discovery that my experience was not unique, that it had also been that of other Spanish intellectuals, became very important for me. -Juan Goytisolo

So if North Korea continues present isolation, then with such economic difficulties the North Korean government must meet a very serious situation in the future. -Kim Dae Jung

Our view is that economic isolationism is the wrong way to go. Vibrant, successful growing economies that advance the interests of their citizens engage the global economy. And, we're committed to engaging the global economy. -John W. Snow

People can undergo a sudden change of thinking and loyalties under threat of death or intense social pressure and isolation from friends and family. -Keith Henson

Hand in hand with nationalist economic isolationism, militarism struggles to maintain the sovereign state against the forward march of internationalism. -Christian Lous Lange

One could not have isolated this retrovirus without knowledge of other retroviruses, that's obvious. But I believe we have answered the criteria of isolation. -Luc Montagnier

I cite these events because I think they underline two very disturbing phenomena – the loss of U.S. international credibility, the growing U.S. international isolation. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya, sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation. -Earl Blumenauer

When I married Paul, we lived in St John's Wood in London. We had nice next-door neighbours, but you don't know anyone else. Everyone lives in isolation. -Linda McCartney

The only place I've felt was really my home is my cabin up north. There's something in the water there that connects me to that place. There's also this sense of isolation and loneliness about it that I've never been able to shake. -Jessica Lange

If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain. -Paul Cezanne

In this cry of pain the inner consciousness of the people seems to lay itself bare for an instant, and to reveal the mood of beings who feel their isolation in the face of a universe that wars on them with winds and seas. -John Millington Synge

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change our policy from isolationism to world leadership. That was a terrific revolution. Our country's never been the same since. -W. Averell Harriman

National isolation breeds national neurosis. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality. -Thomas Sowell

At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone. -Boris Pasternak

There's something to be said in favor of working in isolation in the real world. -A. R. Ammons

The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation. -Louise Brooks

This is a fundamental view of the world. It says that when you build a thing you cannot merely build that thing in isolation, but must repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it. -Christopher Alexander

Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation. -Wislawa Szymborska

I hope the seeds I have sown will be taken up by those who will follow me because the journey I have begun cannot be undertaken in isolation. -Evelyn Glennie

Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation. -Wislawa Szymborska

I was obsessed with the idea of fasting and isolation. -David Blaine

Composing demands a degree of isolation. -Cliff Martinez

We don't function well as human beings when we're in isolation. -Robert Zemeckis

Remember you don't do anything in isolation. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Unfortunately, we are not painters and authors, where we can do something in isolation. We require a lot of money to create what we create. It's almost like being an architect: You can't be an architect and build whatever buildings you want to. -Jon Favreau

Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work. -Haruki Murakami

If there's a silver bullet in the battle to recapture Albany, it is the re-engagement of our citizens. This capital has become a physical metaphor for the isolation and alienation of our people. -Andrew Cuomo

I think, if you have enough inner resources, then you can live in isolation for long periods of time and not feel diminished by it. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I like the idea of isolation, I like the idea of solitude. You can be connected and have a phone and still be lonely. -Paul Theroux

No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation. -Daisaku Ikeda

Our nation's oldest sin and deepest crime is the isolation of minority children – black children, in particular – in schools that are not only segregated but shamefully unequal. -Jonathan Kozol

The real danger to Britain is a foreign policy that is isolationist in Europe and therefore weak in the rest of the world. -David Miliband

The arts don't exist in isolation. -David Byrne

I need some isolation, it's necessary to me, that's just who I am. I need to be left alone. -Laura Marling

As a writer, you live in such isolation. It's hard to imagine your book has a life beyond you. -Ann Brashares

When I'm in Senegal, I can't just sit in isolation making music. People need my help. And the Senegalese people helped create my music. It comes from the country itself. -Youssou N'Dour

Some writers – most, I suspect – write in isolation. I think I'd always found that quite difficult. -Michael Morpurgo

I am not a British isolationist. I don't just want a better deal for Britain. I want a better deal for Europe too. -David Cameron

I need to be very isolated to write, and unfortunately isolation is often quite difficult to find. My ideal writing environment would be a country house hotel in the middle of nowhere, with full room service. -Kate Atkinson

There's a great deal of scientific evidence that social connectedness is a very strong protector of emotional well-being, and I think there's no question that social isolation has greatly increased in our culture in, say, the past 50 years, past 100 years. -Andrew Weil

I said it's a cold universe and I don't mean that metaphorically. If you go out into space, it's cold. It's really cold and we don't know what's up there. We happen to be in this little pocket where there's a sun. What have we got except love and each other to guard against all that isolation and loneliness? -David Chase

I grew up on a farm in Oregon, an adopted child, with one sibling, and parents the age of all my peers' grandparents. We lived in isolation from the people around us, and it was always a struggle to cope with as a child. The heart can really expire under those conditions. I always felt like I was looking at the world from the outside. -Larry Harvey

There are estimated to be fewer that 50 prodigious savants worldwide. If we were brought together, it would be disappointing in the sense of us having different abilities. One thing that would make me feel united with them would be the sense of us having grown up in isolation. -Daniel Tammet

Unprecedented financial pressures, and an ever-increasingly aggressive public culture, along with social, moral and spiritual fragmentation, are leading to lives being overwhelmed by stress, intolerable interior isolation and even quiet despair. -Sean Brady

We can learn the art of fierce compassion – redefining strength, deconstructing isolation and renewing a sense of community, practicing letting go of rigid us-vs.-them thinking – while cultivating power and clarity in response to difficult situations. -Sharon Salzberg

If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you'll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness. -Sharon Salzberg

As much as we sometimes roll our eyes at the ivory-tower isolation of universities, they continue to serve as remarkable engines of innovation. -Steven Johnson

There's nothing wrong with being a cop. There's nothing wrong with being a white person. It's about where your heart is… We've got to get everyone beyond the xenophobic isolationism. -Bobby Seale

With technology, there is so much isolation with people now, that there are very few places where you can connect. -Mireille Guiliano

I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and take possession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart from the land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable. -N. Scott Momaday

My own life was filled with so much love and joy that when depression struck, it was like a prison door slamming shut and I was being placed in an isolation cell. No one else could possibly be feeling what I was. I hated my depression and all of its symptoms. -Susan Polis Schutz

I think growing up on a farm in a certain amount of isolation, with not a lot of friends nearby, makes you entertain yourself and kind of grows your imagination – being alone is quite good for all that. You make up stories, talk to the animals, let them be an audience, a bunch of cows. -Kristen Schaal

China has no desire to replace Western imperialism in Asia with an Oriental imperialism or isolationism of its own or anyone else. -Chiang Kai-shek

I urge North Korea's leaders to reflect on Burma's experience. While the work of reform is ongoing, Burma has already broken out of isolation and opened the door to a far better future for its people. -Thomas E. Donilon

Discipline and unconditional support is earned by understanding and trust and inclusion. Not by isolation, not by nasty tricks. -Colm Keaveney

I walk out my front door in New York and I'm out on the street and there are people everywhere. L.A. is so much more spread out, so it's really easy in L.A. to have a little more isolation and to just not see as many people. -Moby

If mass media, social isolation in the suburbs, alienating workplaces and long car commutes create a bunker mentality, the Internet does the opposite. -Alex Steffen

Everything I write tends to turn into a superhero team, even if I didn't mean for it to. I always start off wanting to be solitary, because a) it's simpler, and b) that isolation is something that I relate to as a storyteller. And then no matter what, I always end up with a team. -Joss Whedon

I was not popular in school, and I was definitely not a ladies' man. And I had a very painful adolescence, because it was all very strange to me. It wasn't like I got beat up, but the humiliation and isolation, and the existential 'God, I exist, and nobody cares' of being a teenager were extremely pronounced for me. -Joss Whedon

During the Second World War, nobody built any concert halls or theaters. After the war, Lincoln Center was a very brave project because all those architects had never built a theater before. We've learned a lot since then about the nature of materials and the isolation that's required. -Hugh Hardy

Suicide was such a formative band for me, so influential in the development of my taste. They're one of those bands that operated in absolute isolation for so long that they developed a completely unique world view. -Steve Albini

There's a tendency to look at investments in isolation. Investors focus on the risk of individual securities. -Daniel Kahneman

Helping reproductive services doesn't just help women in isolation. It helps men just as much. -Tucker Max

Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are. -Salman Rushdie

I guess I'm attracted and repelled by isolation. It scares me. And it's why I tend to write about older characters, too, because for them the stakes are somewhat higher. -Conor McPherson

Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when the veteran has a dog, the same people will come up and say, 'Hi' to pet the dog and then strike up a conversation. -Al Franken

There are moments in 'Body Snatchers' that touch the sort of thing that I find scary… like isolation and the inability to trust even familiar things. But – is that a horror movie – or a thriller? I don't really know the difference. -Christine Elise

With Charlie Brown, it was about loneliness and isolation. I always thought that the thing about Charlie Brown and those characters was the absence of the parents. Half the strip was about who wasn't there. The parents were never in the picture. -Matt Groening

I'm the only one in my family who is deaf, and there are still conversations that go around me that I miss out on. And I ask what's going on, and I have to ask to be included. But I'm not going to be sad about it. I don't live in sad isolation. It's just a situation I'm used to. -Marlee Matlin

Every terrorist regime in the world uses isolation to break people's spirits. -bell hooks

I think the most satisfying part about filmmaking is seeing a production in full bloom. When I write, I write in isolation. -Jeff Kinney

The Internet has made some phenomenal breakthroughs that are still only poorly understood in terms of changing people's ideas of us and them. If mass media, social isolation in the suburbs, alienating workplaces and long car commutes create a bunker mentality, the Internet does the opposite. -Alex Steffen

In most places and times in human history, babies have had not just one person but lots of people around who were really paying attention to them around, dedicated to them, cared to them, were related to them. I think the big shift in our culture is the isolation in which many children are growing up. -Alison Gopnik

We do nothing for children between the ages of zero and five. And we seem to be quite happy to have children growing up in not just poverty, which wouldn't be so bad, but isolation, lack of people around them, lack of support, lack of ability to go out and play in the dirt. -Alison Gopnik

It's clear to me that anyone, anywhere, can experience loneliness, isolation, solitude, and estrangement; and most people probably do encounter these things at some point in their lives. -Brendan Myers

At the risk of sounding like a spoilsport, I'd say that pagans have about the same experience of otherness and isolation as anyone else. We're not special in that regard. But this is because the problem of loneliness is almost universal – and that, to my mind, makes it much more serious. -Brendan Myers

My books are always about somebody who is taken from aloneness and isolation – often elevated loneliness – to community. It may be a denigrated community that is filthy and poor, but they are not alone; they are with people. -Chuck Palahniuk

In television, there's this weird sense of isolation from your audience; you kind of get this feeling that you write the show for you and your wife and your friends and the other people who work on the show. It's our little show, and then it goes out into the world, and somebody watches it. -Ronald D. Moore

My obligation is to the owners of Barclays, my shareholders. They hired me. People who criticise compensation for individuals in isolation at, say, BarCap, individuals who don't work in the U.K. and are competing with U.S., German or Asian banks, they should look at all these factors. -Bob Diamond

Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. -Dalai Lama

Whereas China has set about systematically striving for Olympic success since it re-entered global competition after years of isolation, India has remained complacent about its lack of sporting prowess. -Shashi Tharoor

Fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in isolation, without looking at the big picture, would be short-sighted. -Bethany McLean

Seafaring can be lucrative – the elite, such as gas-tanker captains, can earn $100,000 for six months' work – but the isolation is a heavy price to pay. -Rose George

Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats… policies which choose expansion over security… policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible. -Noam Chomsky

The Obama administration has been trying out a new policy toward Syria since the day it came to office. The Bush cold shoulder was viewed as a primitive reaction, now to be replaced by sophisticated diplomacy. Outreach would substitute for isolation. -Elliott Abrams

Border strengthening is effective, but not if done in isolation. We also need to give priority to establishing public institutions that deliver a sustained level of security and justice for citizens. Border security can never come at the expense of migrants' rights. Nor can it be used to legitimize inhumane treatment. -Ban Ki-moon

Nuclear tests poison the environment – and they also poison the political climate. They breed mistrust, isolation and fear. -Ban Ki-moon

Climate change, demographics, water, food, energy, global health, women's empowerment – these issues are all intertwined. We cannot look at one strand in isolation. Instead, we must examine how these strands are woven together. -Ban Ki-moon

I don't like to read contemporary fiction while writing – I need a sense of isolation, a kind of silence, and I don't want a jumble of other people's voices or visions getting in my way. Nineteenth-century voices don't create static in that silence. -Cynthia Ozick

I am in no way different from anyone else, that my predicament, my sense of aloneness or isolation may be precisely what unites me with everyone. -Franz Wright

At a macro level, it's balancing the needs of consumers, advertisers and content owners. And if you talk to any one of those three customer sets in isolation, often times you won't delight the other two. So the hurdle we faced with Hulu Plus was, how can we thread this needle in a way that delights all three customer sets? -Jason Kilar

I never really had any close friends in India, and I felt a terrible loneliness and isolation for many years. Westernized Indians don't like my books and I tend not to like westernized Indians – so we're quits. -Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Any country that grants asylum to Snowden risks retaliation from the United States, including diplomatic isolation and costly trade sanctions. Several don't seem to care. -Stephen Kinzer

I would get a lot of writing done if I lived in isolation in a cave under a swamp. -Claire Cameron

Greater technological connectivity makes the world wider, and the walls of isolation – thinner. -Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

The E.U. initially decided to end the isolation of Turkish Cyprus, to balance the accession of Cyprus. But the E.U. has not carried through on its promise. -Ali Babacan

The theory of isolation of certain tasks in certain hemispheres of the brain suggests I shouldn't even be able to speak, never mind write. -Chris Van Allsburg

Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance. -Jules Verne

My upbringing has given me sympathy for the idea of isolation and what it is to be a new person in the room, where everyone else has some amount of familiarity and comfort. -Julianne Moore

Africa should not again face isolation or stigmatisation based on ignorance and unrepresentative imagery. -Mo Ibrahim

Some books are serials, not to be mistaken for anything else. 'The Two Towers,' for example, ought never to be read in isolation. -Edward M. Lerner

Perhaps because my town was so naturally gothic in its architecture and relative isolation – the roads often closed in winter – my stories tended toward the ghostly and the creepily suspenseful right from the get-go. -Andrew Pyper

I believe that dialogue is the key to breaking through our tendency to separate and isolate. Dialogue changes isolation and loneliness into connection and interdependence. This, I believe, is the essence of Buddhism. -Vinessa Shaw

Coming to know one another based on a shared humanity through dialogue is the key to breaking down the walls of isolation and reversing the decline of life-to-life bonds among human beings. -Vinessa Shaw

My books often involve characters who began in some form of mental isolation, with a feeling of having died to the world. Then they become involved in some kind of action where by necessity they're forced to reengage, to get back into the game of life, as it were. You could say that about 'Chance.' -Kem Nunn

I have a great deal of joy in my life, and I'm very fortunate. That combination makes you aware of just how wonderful life can be on the one hand and how dreadful it can be for people on the other. You can't be happy in isolation. -Jonathan Dimbleby

We live in a global village. No country can live in isolation of others like Robinson Crusoe. -Li Keqiang

The power of storytelling is to free us from isolation, shame, and whatever the situation. -Patricia McCormick

Business gives you a massive high. Doing a great deal, coming up with an inspirational solution… It's very addictive. But it doesn't last long. In isolation, it's a bit sterile. It doesn't reward the soul. -John Caudwell

No matter how you look at it, one person cannot be evaluated and paid in isolation of budgets. -Steven Sinofsky

The mere suggestion that not speaking for a day can give you an appreciation of the social isolation that comes with the experience of disability, particularly those whose impairments prohibit them from communicating verbally, is insensitive at best. -Stella Young

The way most people approach business – and the way they mostly teach in business school – involves the analytical mind. It divides it up and looks at parts in isolation. -John Mackey

It seems the most common thing for serial interventionists to do these days is to lob the term 'isolationist' at anyone who does not agree with their latest folly, and then set up a straw man about those people not wanting to be involved in the world. -Rand Paul

I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn't worked. -Rand Paul

In 1853, American warships bullied Japan out of centuries of virtual isolation and into the modern world. The threat of force compelled Japan, like India and China before it, to accept trade agreements that were economically ruinous and eroded national sovereignty. -Pankaj Mishra

I know people who have, until recently, lived with dirt floors. There are people who live way back off the grid, without electricity. Not a whole lot, but quite a few. That's a choice for a lot of them. There might be a religious element in their isolation, at least with some of them. -Daniel Woodrell

I have music on when I write. I don't like the isolation otherwise and find the silence deadening. -Darren Shan

David Cameron wants people to believe that his isolation in Europe is a result of Britain being outnumbered when it matters most. -Douglas Alexander

Kneejerk interventionism or kneejerk isolationism is the wrong course for Britain. -Douglas Alexander

It's important to have quiet time and isolation. -John Burnside

We feel no isolation. But, having said that, I want to emphasise in particular that we do not want to go to extremes and abandon the European and American directions in our foreign economic cooperation. -Sergei Lavrov

When I'm writing, I'm in an isolation chamber. I'm not one to think about that outside world stuff when I'm writing. -Adam Mansbach

The idea of a mentally ill vice president who suffers in complete isolation was obviously sparked by the behaviors I witnessed by Sarah Palin. What if somebody who was ill-equipped for the office were to ascend to the presidency or vice presidency? What would they do? How long would it take for people to figure it out? -Nicolle Wallace

I've always been attracted to themes of isolation in my work – in my independent work and my DC work. -Jeff Lemire

From 1949 to 1953, I studied towards the diploma in Natural Sciences at the Swiss Polytechnical School in Zurich. It is in the last year of this study that I made my first contacts with fundamental research, when working on the isolation and characterization of a new isomer of Cl34 with a half-life of 1.5 seconds. -Werner Arber

When the crying child is immediately isolated, and it is explained to him at the same time that whoever annoys others must not be with them, if this isolation is the absolute result and cannot be avoided, in the child's mind a basis is laid for the experience that one must be alone when one makes oneself unpleasant or disagreeable. -Ellen Key

Republican isolationists had certainly tied the hands of every U.S. president, year after year – berating Franklin Roosevelt in particular and his attempts to ready the nation for inevitable attack. -Nigel Hamilton

In 2009, it was forecast that the number of single-person households would increase by two million in 10 years, suggesting that social isolation will only get worse. -Bee Wilson

I'm not one of those guys that has a great worldview. I kind of deal with terror and fear and isolation and abandonment. -David Bowie

Short of taking monastic vows or trekking into the Kalahari, a freighter passage might just offer what our relentlessly connected age has made difficult, if not impossible: splendid isolation. -Christopher Buckley

Eggs is a kind of a plucky, brave 11-year-old boy who thinks he is a boxtroll. And he's kind of one of these mythological feral children who are raised in isolation of humanity and, by virtue of that, have a deeper connection to humanity because they've been raised away from the poisons of society. -Isaac Hempstead Wright

The comics work is very slow, and it basically involves working for sometimes years in isolation and not knowing how the work is going to be received. -Adrian Tomine

Something people don't recognize is that being on the space station is probably a lot like being in some kind of confinement – like isolation. -Scott Kelly

My EP, 'Room 93,' was all about isolation – it was based on the idea of being in a hotel room and being totally alone with yourself or that other person. -Halsey

The 'Room 93' EP was just kind of picking apart the sense of voyeurism and the sense of isolation and turning it into, essentially, a little black book and reflecting on – at that time – 19 years of me forming relationships with people. -Halsey

I don't think the isolation of the American writer is a tradition; it's more that, geographically, he just is isolated, unless he happens to live in New York City. But I don't suppose there's a small town around the country that doesn't have a writer. -Nelson Algren

The worst cruelty that can be inflicted on a human being is isolation. -Sukarno

No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

People who live in L.A. don't like to leave their homes because they have so much space. They have the nice kitchens and a cook and a pool. When you live in L.A., there is a sense of isolation in terms of raising a family. -Solange Knowles

The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. -Ingmar Bergman

The question is: How are you able to organize your information, your tasks, and get stuff done spanning those different roles? Nobody lives in isolation. -Satya Nadella

I don't do isolation body building; I just do practical things that help me with the kind of things that are asked of me in action movies. You know, a lot of kick boxing, a lot of sparring. -Jason Statham

The Israeli public has been brainwashed into believing that its global isolation stems from delegitimization and anti-Semitism. -Tzipi Livni

I always point out to my Passover guests that the Hebrews were not living in isolation. They were at the crossroads of several great, elaborate cultures with their own mythology and religion and art and architecture and cultural belief. In fact, so many of the mythologies of the world describe the same events, just from different points of view. -Harold Ramis

In order for President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden to be moderates, they just have to present themselves between the extremes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's isolationism and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's hawkishness – the difference between living in a cave or conducting ourselves so that we're in need of one. -Donna Brazile

So many writers grew up in tortured isolation, in revolt against their families. I and my sister were in a house where writing was considered the worthiest thing you could try to do. -George Packer

When you're just focused on nutrition and hunger, that's a harder, harder lift in isolation. -Jeff Fortenberry

I think isolationism is a mistake, no matter what party you see it in. We have to remember that there are two threats to our freedom: there's a threat that comes from the federal government, from the Obama Administration policies… but there's also a huge and significant threat from al-Qaeda. -Liz Cheney

Even arch-isolationists, such as former President Herbert Hoover and Senator Robert Taft of Ohio – two of the most right-wing figures in the Republican Party – insisted on being called liberal. -Tom Reiss

When I was paralysed by polio at 13, I went into an isolation hospital and couldn't sit up, so I only took liquid food from spouted cups which the masked nurses would bring in and feed to me. I saw my parents only through glass; we couldn't touch. -Mary Berry

Today the arts exist in isolation, from which they can be rescued only through the conscious, cooperative effort of all craftsmen. Architects, painters, and sculptors must recognize anew and learn to grasp the composite character of a building both as an entity and in its separate parts. -Walter Gropius

Part of me still feels like I've never had the opportunity to properly express all my earliest influences, so for now, I find isolation to be my biggest influence. -Sturgill Simpson

Whether for company or isolation or just to make it a pleasurable experience, I have music in my ears all the time. I tend to listen to the same things, so I don't really pay too much attention to it. But it's there, and it's nice, and I do pay more attention to it than I probably should. I think, 'How can I use this music in something?' -Whit Stillman

There's an urgent need to stop reacting to each immediate vexing issue in isolation. Such response often creates unanticipated second-order effects and even more problems for us. -Jim Mattis

Slowly but surely, I went through different phases of fame, and each rises you further into isolation and alienation. -T. J. Miller

Policymakers, elected and unelected, need to be ever-mindful that the U.S. economy does not exist in isolation. -Elaine Chao

I like the idea of isolation. I like the reality of it. You realize what you are… not that the knowledge is inevitably rewarding. -Joseph Brodsky

All these dismal things that are going on in the world – the isolation and the sickness and the governments and the pollution – it's so frightful, over the whole world. -Merce Cunningham

I cannot write in isolation. I write with people around me. -Ravi Subramanian

We Muslims in the West, like Jews before us, grapple with the same issues that Jews of the past did: integration or isolation, tradition or reform, intermarriage or intra-marriage. -Hamza Yusuf

We think that fear must be played out in fight, with military intervention, or in flight, via isolationism – but we are not hunted game, and those are not the only options. There is also the possibility of acceptance, with its corollary of understanding and its ultimate manifestation in embracing. -Andrew Solomon

Just because Pluto orbits with many other dwarf planets doesn't change what it is, just as whether an object is a mountain or not doesn't depend on whether it's in a group or in isolation. -Alan Stern

We have suffered discrimination. We have suffered isolation and undermining. But we stand up for America, oftentimes when others who think they are more patriotic, who say they are more patriotic, do not. -Maxine Waters

My first two novels featured narrators who were aggressively unattached: They couldn't form any sort of genuine relationship. So I had thoroughly explored the geography of loneliness and isolation. -Gillian Flynn

I think many people have wonderful stories inside them and the talent to tell those stories. But the writing life, with its isolation and uncertain outcomes, keeps most from the task. -Ellen Ullman

Saying you don't want to enter every potential war in the Middle East doesn't make you an isolationist; it makes you wise. -Nigel Farage

When I wrote my novel, 'The Ministry of Special Cases,' I couldn't even brush my teeth. I had to write in isolation from everything else. I thought a play would take away from my fiction, but the more projects I work on, the more time I have. -Nathan Englander

With segregation, with the isolation of the injured and the robbed, comes the concentration of disadvantage. An unsegregated America might see poverty, and all its effects, spread across the country with no particular bias toward skin color. Instead, the concentration of poverty has been paired with a concentration of melanin. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

We don't live in isolation. Most people don't like working in isolation – some do, but they typically don't end up playing Major League Baseball. -Theo Epstein

We can't afford to live in isolation, and we need to teach our kids that the things that they do not only matter to others far away but impact others who live far away, and there are ripples of effect. -Maya Soetoro-Ng

China on the world stage, in terms of interaction with the rest of the world, has been relatively very new due to the long isolation period until Deng Xiaoping's times. -Stephen A. Schwarzman

Everything is connected, so you can't just live in a Trumpian world and be an isolationist when you're managing government by congressional district or by city. The mentality that you can cut off one area to punish a policy just doesn't work in the real world… it's cutting off your nose to spite your face. -Mike Quigley

Let's be honest: The trade embargo with Cuba hasn't secured our interests or helped the Cuban people. Because the way to promote positive change and better human rights in Cuba is through engagement, not isolation. -Amy Klobuchar

Civil war is a national crisis and also a private trauma: We suffer it collectively and in isolation. -Hisham Matar

We can no longer pretend that business is immune from the rising tide of environmental or social challenges or that companies can create value in isolation from the communities of which they are a part. -Paul Polman

I wish there was more for minorities than sitcoms. I'd like to see a soap opera about blacks. People don't live in isolation anymore. -Roxie Roker

I just am trans. That's just the way it is. I knew this as a child. But I was told that because I expressed femininity in a boy's body, I needed to be silent about it. To be ashamed. That led to isolation, which then made it easier for me to be prey to a predator in my own home. -Janet Mock

Design has long gone from tinkering and sketching of auteurs in isolation to a powerful catalyzer of growth. -Jens Martin Skibsted

Overnight successes are generally years in the making. And most progress is made in isolation, far from the public eye. -Andrew Yang

Quite simply, our isolation from nature has become isolation from God's Word. Cocooned in our manmade world of climate-controlled homes, cars, subways, and high-rises, we're finding it easier to live as practical atheists. -Eric Metaxas

We need to defend principles like democracy, freedom of speech, gender equality, and the rule of law through exemplifying these on a global scale, not through the same cynical, isolationist policies which have eroded these so-called 'British' values across the rest of the world. -Deeyah Khan

My go-to protective thing is isolation. It's turn off the phone, don't speak to anyone, lie in bed all day, and then maybe go out at night and do the same thing over again. -Adwoa Aboah

What if cities embraced a culture of sharing? I see a future of shared cities that bring us community and connection instead of isolation and separation. -Joe Gebbia

Nothing that you make in the world exists in isolation from the social and political and ecological dimensions of it. -Trevor Paglen

We have to be very careful about acknowledging that the Internet is very good at combatting isolation, but it's not very good at delivering justice. -Hope Jahren

Havana, for all its smells, sweat, crumbling walls, isolation, and difficult history, is the most romantic city in the world. -Mark Kurlansky

As Americans lose the wider face-to-face ties that build social trust, they become more dependent on romantic relationships for intimacy and deep communication and more vulnerable to isolation if a relationship breaks down. -Stephanie Coontz

The way I felt growing up, which was like an outcast – I was weird, I was a nerd, I read fantasy books – I think a lot of fantasy book readers and a lot of readers and writers in general have that experience of isolation. -Sabaa Tahir

There is power in having a friend group because you have this bond that helps you navigate girl world, and it creates safety and self-esteem. But if you speak up to the leader, you risk that social isolation or not having a group and feeling really left out. -Taylor Louderman

I am very convinced that I did not contract Ebola in the isolation unit, because our process is so safe. -Kent Brantly

I wasn't afraid of treating Ebola patients in the isolation unit. That was the safest job. But seeing patients in the clinic, seeing patients in the emergency room, being in the community – those things gave me pause. -Kent Brantly

Ebola is a humiliating disease that strips you of your dignity. You are removed from family and put into isolation where you cannot even see the faces of those caring for you due to the protective suits – you can only see their eyes. -Kent Brantly

Growing up in the icy isolation of Hibbing, Minn., Dylan, who was still Robert Allen Zimmerman then, found comfort in the country, blues, and early rock 'n' roll that he heard at night on a Louisiana radio station whose signal came in strong and clear. -Robert Hilburn

People who live in hermit states like North Korea, Burma, and Cuba already suffer from global isolation. Fed on a diet of propaganda, they don't know what's happening inside their borders or outside of them. By increasing their seclusion, sanctions make it easier for dictators to blame external enemies for a country's suffering. -Jacob Weisberg

When I did Google Wave, everyone had to be in Sydney, and a lot people actually traveled there to be part of it. There was a lot of isolation. There were a lot of things we kept secret from the company while working on Wave – just like you would at a startup. -Lars Rasmussen

Donald Trump's United States is not isolationist. He has authorized the use of limited military force against the Syrian government in a manner his predecessor rejected. -Richard N. Haass

I think there's this idea that the depth of an actor's performance is built on tough times or horrible events or isolation, but I never found that. I figured that my imagination coupled with the story can get me anywhere. -Milo Ventimiglia

The perpetuation of family and cultural pressures to conform to prescribed masculine behaviors is what creates social isolation and distress in many young gay and trans people of color. -Karamo Brown

Receiving the National Medal of Science is the thrill of a lifetime, but good science does not happen in isolation. -Sandra Faber

What a crazy coincidence that the teaching of Christ sees to be so compatible with late-era capitalism, suburban isolation, rampant consumerism. And so I am not ever surprised when I see evangelicals contort themselves to justify supporting Donald Trump. -Josh Tillman

The idea of the mystic solo, meditating away on his own, is only one path of yoga. Very early on, I chose the path of Life. One path is austerity and isolation, the other is Life. But they both lead to the same place. -Donovan

At Pixar, of course, we have all these people, and they're just used to our process now where it's a discussion; it's a discovery. It's not individual artists going and fussing off by themselves in isolation and then handing their work in. -Pete Docter

You don't work in isolation anymore. Anybody can write a song and put it up on the Internet the next day. -Lee Ranaldo

In both British and American history, fervent imperialism has always coexisted with bouts of fierce isolationism. -Linda Colley

Theodore Roosevelt's policy to build a two-ocean navy confirmed that the old-style isolationism of the founders had not survived the modern, increasingly globalized world. -Margaret MacMillan

There are so many intricacies to our brain that won't be understood unless we start to look at the system as a whole. All these different details don't operate in isolation. -Paul Allen

When we have built up armor against all the bad things we think might happen in the world, we have a false sense of protection and have only built up isolation. -Tara Stiles

Josh Smith, put in the right spots, is an outstanding player. You put Josh down on the right block, in the low post or even on a short isolation – 12 feet, 15 feet from the basket – he can get to the rim. He's outstanding. He's not only a very willing passer but an outstanding passer. I think it's the best part of Josh's game. -Stan Van Gundy

You cannot judge the performance of an actor in isolation. A performance becomes good because of so many factors, including the other actors. -Mohanlal

I feel that our attitude to our borders is wrong; it's the first time that an awful lot of people think you can and should just close your border and remain in this splendid isolation. -Jeremy Hardy

I've actually read that isolation is the enemy, so why do that to myself? -Phil Heath

The 'Burials' title really speaks to all the different levels that are on the record. It speaks to silence and panic and anxiety and loss of self and isolation and those different levels of hiding. -Davey Havok

It's easy to draw up isolation basketball – it's not easy to draw up great motion offense with passing and cutting. -Kyle Korver

President Trump is not an isolationist and builds closer friendships when he can. -Matt Gaetz

I'm always in the right headspace! I live pretty much in isolation, so there are really no distractions. That's not a manufactured thing; it's just the way I live. -Joey Jordison

I normally did isolation/bodybuilding-style workouts. But since coming to the Performance Center, the strength and conditioning coach has me doing a lot of different workouts I've never done before, and it's really shocked my body in a good way. -Ricochet

It's just hard to watch isolation basketball. -Penny Hardaway

The main thing that triggered my depression was my isolation that was imposed on me by becoming the wife of the prime minister, and leaving my home, my family. I was young, very young, and very naive and very hopeful and enthusiastic about my wonderful new life, but it was the loneliness and the lack of being able to properly relate to people. -Margaret Trudeau

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