Solitary Refinement



“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~Michel de Montaigne



Morning Ritual, Point Reyes, CA

Morning Ritual, Point Reyes, CA



The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.  ~Voltaire




Inspired, Seattle, WA

Inspired, Seattle, WA



“We visit others as a matter of social obligation.  How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?”  ~Morris Adler



Meditation, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Meditation, Chiang Mai, Thailand



Creativity, San Francisco

Creativity, San Francisco



“Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.”  ~Pearl S. Buck



Interpretation, Yellowstone National Park

Interpretation, Yellowstone National Park



“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” ~Ellen Burstyn



Energized, San Francisco

Energized, San Francisco



“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



Creativity, Thailand

Creativity, Thailand



“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” ~Pablo Picasso



Perserverance, Charleston, SC

Perserverance, Charleston, SC




“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.” ~Albert Einstein


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  1. Very beautiful pictures dear Jane

  2. What a lovely, inspiring blog you have! Great work, Jane!
    Greetings from the North

  3. philosophical post! thanks for the Montaigne quotation!

  4. Such a beautiful post Jane, very inspiring and beautiful photos to accompany the quotes.

  5. HOW TOUCHING!!!! Felt very warm & fuzzy from these visuals!!! brilliant!!

  6. Alone is such a gift and so not loneliness. Loved this – the pictures and quotes!

  7. I’m with Ginny – a gift of time to yourself; what a lovely thought. Very nice, Jane

  8. Beautiful Jane, you captured the intimate quietness of concentration. Wonderful, nature photographs.

  9. Lovely series of portraits and quotes.

  10. Hi, Jane. I do love solitude. Maybe that’s why I live way up here. And solitude was painful when I was young. I had forgotten until I read your wonderful post.

  11. Thoughtful and moving post. The quotes are deep and timeless and full of wisdom, the photos apt illustrations of each. The man with newspaper, boy with Legos and boy doing schoolwork are moments frozen in time – perfectly captured. Thanks for shatng these gems and for reminding me of the benefits and growth available through solitude.

  12. Jane, what treat! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us!

  13. Jane, this is just a great post. Your portraits are stunning and insightful. The light on the beautiful child working on his legos is perfect. Loved the quote from Voltaire.

  14. I am with Pearl Buck! It is a joy to know and seek solitude as a ‘gift of time’ to yourself .
    Love Jane I’s creative little one!

  15. Photos each mirror the quotes so well…so much wisdom and contentment imparted…. Love Voltire’s quote…. Funny how in my healing process… Much more forced ” alone” time…. Linda

  16. I so agree with Einstein quote. You caught every subject looking contemplative but happy and focused. Really like this post. K

  17. What a delightful post. Made me happy. Thanks.

  18. Lovely series Jane. A pleasure to view.

  19. As always, fantastic photos and memorable quotes … // Maria 🙂

  20. I agree with the earlier comment–your portraits are wonderful and the marriages of the pictures and quotations are really, really fine. I’ve missed your posts–glad to see you back.

  21. How your quotes ring like music to my ears! Their are the confirmation to my firm beliefs.
    I’ll pass on this link to those that could benefit from this wisdom. Thanks 🙂

  22. Wonderful quotes that match up equally well with your photos. I always enjoy getting your posts. Hope all is well with you Jane.

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