Do you like being single? It’s a rare breed who does. While some thrive under loner-like conditions, coming and going as they please and living a self-satisfying life full of friends and happiness, others seem to fall apart under the pressure of being alone. Some view being single as the worst possible circumstance, while others relish the opportunity to see the world unattached. Regardless of your single circumstances, we’re here to say that hey, if Taylor Swift can be alone, you’d better believe you can, too!
From Disney to democrats, we’re looking at 30 quotes to get you through your single life, and make you fall in love with it.
For those loving the single life
While there is a huge portion of people who seem to fall apart when enduring singledom, there’s another group of people who seem to thrive when they’re alone. Being alone means adventure, and it means finding yourself and learning to love what you’ve got before you start lovin’ on someone else. Some people dig the single life so much, they might even stay that way! These are for you. [Read: Ladies, here are 17 awesome benefits of being single!]
#1 “I’ve been single for a while and I have to say, it’s going very well. Like…it’s working out. I think I’m the one.” -Emily Heller
#2 “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” -Sex and the City
#3 “Yes, I’m alone, but I’m alone and free.” -Elsa, Disney’s “Frozen”
#4 “I love being single. I can come and go as I please and stay out as late as I want to.” -Eric Dickerson
#5 “It’s very fun to be single, because you know what happens? You find yourself. You understand what it means to love yourself, instead of putting all this energy into give-and-tug in a relationship.” -Keke Palmer
[Read: Why being single in your 20s can be such an awesome thing]
For those looking for adventure
Being single means not having to answer to anyone. Even if you’ve just had your worst break-up ever, there’s still something exciting about being alone, because you never know what’s going to happen next! Being single means opening yourself up to new adventures and new possibilities. So, those who are ready to take on their next adventure solo, these are for you.
#6 “Live, travel, adventure, bleed, and don’t be sorry.” -Jack Kerouac
#7 “Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
#8 “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” -William Feather
#9 “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller
[Read: 55 funny quotes about love and all its complications]
For the singles nursing a broken heart
Have you been dumped recently? Screw your ex! We suggest stepping away from that tub of ice cream and embracing the step after sadness: fury! These quotes are there for you when you’re feeling blue about losing your mate *but seriously, we meant what we said about moving on to that anger phase—so cathartic!* [Read: The 10 stages of a breakup and how to get through each of them]
#10 “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela
#11 “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” -Ernie Harwell
#12 “Discover why you’re important, then refuse to settle for anyone who doesn’t completely agree.” -Fisher Amelie
#13 “If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell, because that is exactly where it came from.” -Brigham Young
#14 “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” -Coco Chanel
#15 “Just keep swimming!” -Dory, “Finding Nemo”
#16 “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” -Paul Boese
[Read: All the quotes you’ll ever need to get over a breakup]
For those still looking for love
After crawling out of the darkness of a breakup *read: PJs for a week and lots of mac & cheese*, some people wrangle up enough strength to believe in love again. We’re looking at 5 quotes for those who were knocked out by love and got right back up. If you believe your special someone is still out there, keep reading!
#17 “There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.” -William S. Burroughs
#18 “How glorious the splendor of a human heart that trust that it is loved.” -Brennan Manning
#19 “If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.” -Oprah Winfrey
#20 “I have love in my life. I just don’t have a relationship, and that feels really natural right now.” -Taylor Swift
#21 “Some people are settling down, some people are settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.” -Sex and the City
[Read: 11 profound relationship quotes anyone can relate to and learn from]
For those begrudgingly learning to be alone
Being alone isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. It may sound too “after school special” for your liking, but you need to learn who you are before you can truly know what you want out of life, or potentially out of another person. Do yourself a favor, and get to know you and spend some much-needed time alone. You may discover before long that, hey…you’re pretty fabulous!
#22 “It is good to be lonely, for being alone is not easy. The fact that something is difficult must be one more reason to do it.” -Rilke
#23 “The universe may not always play fair, but at least it’s got a hell of a sense of humor.” -Sex and the City
#24 “If you are not happy being single, you will never be happy in a relationship. Get your own life first, then share it.” -Unknown [Read: Why it’s so important to love yourself before loving someone else]
#25 “I don’t like to be labeled as lonely just because I am alone.” -Delta Burke
#26 “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” -Hermann Hesse
#27 “Being single means you’re strong enough to wait for what you deserve.” -Niall Horan
#28 “Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.” -Muhammad Ali
#29 “If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts.” -Thomas Merton
#30 “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” -Jean-Paul Sartre
[Confession: What I learned when you broke my heart]
So there you have it, 30 quotes that show you how being single can be pretty fabulous. Whether you’re newly single of your own accord, you’re nursing a broken heart, waiting for someone special, or you’re just enjoying spending some R&R with your awesome self, you’d do well to follow the wise words of Alan Cohen, who said, “Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.”
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Waverly Smith is a freelance writer who has been getting paid for spreading her sarcastic take on love, life, and sex since 2010. She is many things that peo...
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