“I want to be alone, I just want to be alone.”
This is one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time and was spoken by the Swedish actress, Greta Garbo in the film, ‘Grand Hotel’. The word “alone” features in many of her films, beginning with the caption cards in her silent movies. In 1927, “I like to be alone” appeared in her film ‘Love’, and in the 1929 movie ‘The Single Standard’, her character says, “I’m walking alone because I want to be alone.” She was said to be the most beautiful woman in the world, but wasn’t renowned for being sociable at all. She had an innate need for solitude, and was often reclusive, maintaining her elusive mystique right to the end, when she died in 1990 at the age of 84.
Jean Paul Sartre once said, “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” I leave it up to you to decide whether the subjects in my photos are lonely, or whether they are merely choosing solitude.
Lastly, but by no means least, here is a pic that my sister in South Africa sent me, with the caption, “Greta Garbo got nothing on Mom!” 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed my quotes and pics for Ese’s challenge. To join in, or to see what other entries there are, just click here.
I think most of your mom’s photo.
Thanks so much, Srdjana. 🙂
I think that of all the photos, only the tiny leashed creature is lonely. 😦 He was not alone by his choosing.
Yes, I felt so sorry for him. What a horrible life he has. 😦
Your mom is a beautiful woman ! … Love your post but i feel so sad for the little fellow in Belize … Wild animal should never ever be kept as pet … Even if it is to get money for a poor owner … // Maria 🙂
Thanks, Maria. Love my mom. 🙂 I so agree with you that animals should never be exploited for whatever reason.
Your mum is gorgeous!! Lovely post Sylvia 🙂
Thanks so much, Madhu. She’s a real sweetheart. 🙂
Except for the poor little guy in Belize, I suspect the rest are enjoying their solitude, which sounds pretty good to me. 🙂
Thanks, LuAnn. Yes, he looks like the sad exception. 😦
It’s a lovely challenge, this one, isn’t it, Ad, and you’ve interpreted it beautifully. I’ve got a fair streak of Garbo in my makeup (though sadly, not the looks 🙂 ) but it’s ok cos I quite like my own company. Sartre said it so well!
Thanks, Jo. I also love my own company occasionally. I’m quite good at listening to myself. 🙂
I loved them, Sylvia. 🙂
Poor little thing, he does belong with his friends in the rain forest. I hate seeing that, it’s so sad, isn’t it? Hugs from Oz. Paula xxxx
Thanks, Paula. Yes, I felt so sad for that sweet little creature. xxx
I know, too true! xxx
A wonderful post with a surprise ending. You Mom looks fantastic!
Thanks so much. Yes, my sister and I are very proud of our mom. 🙂
Very well done!
I find myself wishing that stag picture was one of the magical takes of a live one. A real ‘Monarch of the Glen’ scene.
Thanks, Col. Yes, that would have been really amazing to capture. 🙂
What a beautiful take on the theme, Sylvia! I can see people prefering solitude over society and…as long as they feel comfortable with that, it’ s ok. I must admit i am a bit of an opposite, at least most of the time 🙂 And Mom’ s photo is fabulous!
Thank you for being a part of the challenge.
Thanks, Ese. Glad you enjoyed my take on your challenge. 🙂
Love mom’s hat!!!
And I can relate to the Garbo’s wanting solitude. Works for me 😉
Cool pics, as usual, AD 😉
Thanks, 68. Actually it’s my sister hat and glasses. She likes dressing people up. 🙂
I would have hit Like but that poor little chained animal made me cry.
I totally understand, Tilly.
Poor Kinkajou, hate such animal abuse
Nice photos by the way
Yes, I agree with you. It’s so cruel.
thought provoking gallery!
cool – dear at Hirschsprung, Germany
sad – Kinkajou
triumph – your mom, better than Garbo
Thanks, frizz. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
that deer looks real!
Yes it does, Tandy. I wasn’t quite sure. 🙂
si può essere soli stando in compagnia e non essere soli quando si cerca la solitudine, la solitudine per me è lo stato d’animo di chi non sta bene con se stesso
grazie cara, per quei bei motivi di pensare che ci offri, ed anche delle splendife foto che ne fanno una perfetta didascalia
la tua stupefacente madre ha la stoffa di una grandissima attrice ( sono certa che lei sta benissimo con se stessa!!!!) sono onorata di conoscere persone come voi
abbi una bella giornata
You may be just being together and not be alone when you search for solitude, loneliness for me is the mood of those who do not sit well with himself
thanks dear, for those beautiful grounds to think that we offer, and also of the splendife photos that make a perfect caption
your amazing mother has the makings of a great actress (I am sure you are fine with herself!) are honored to know people like you
have a nice day
Thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful comment, Ventis. xx
best photo was your mom’s… 🙂
Thanks so much. Love her to bits. 🙂
These are marvelous photos of being alone…. wow Ma sure does outdo Greta…
Thanks so much. Mom is a darling. 🙂
Your ma is gorgeous!
Thanks, Julie. I think so too. 🙂
Loved the photos and quotes. Your Mom is quite the beauty.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. My Mom is such a sweetheart. 🙂
Your mom is stylin’ with her hat & shades! 🙂
Hahaha My sister dressed her up for the pic. Not sure why, but I love the effect. 😀
That last shot is PRICELESS!
Hehehe I thought so too, Gemma. Had to find an excuse to use it. 🙂
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I love the mom picture, too! Thank you so much for sharing.
Thanks, Amy. My mom is such a great sport. 🙂
Your mum definitely takes the prize in this set, but I ache for that poor little Kinkajou.
Thanks, Gunta. I didn’t pay the woman for the shot, and she swore at me. It was in Belizean, but I could tell by the furious look on her face. I wanted to cut that leash.
There are so great photos here that match the quote perfectly.
Thanks so much, Suzanne. 🙂
Beautiful entries, Sylvia! 🙂 There is a sweetness in solitude, whether loneliness or chosen. Garbo mum, perfect! 🙂
Thanks, Marina. 🙂
Loved your quotes and photo’s AD. Stunning! 😀 *hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. Hugs to you too. 🙂
Your mom is the winner here. I do feel sorry for the kinkajou.
Yes, she does look very mysterious. 🙂 What a horrid life for that poor kinkajou amongst the cigarette butts on the hot sidewalk. 😦
Oh, I’m a great fan of Greta’s – and now I definitely love your mom too!
Thanks so much, Ann Christine. 🙂
Wonderful pics, Sylvia. My pick of the bunch is the one of your mum, she looks sensational! 😀
Thanks so much, Dianne. She and my sister were just having a bit of fun. 🙂
I love the mom photo!
Thanks, Gilly. I suppose I’ll have to tell her I posted it. 🙂
Beautiful Post! 🙂
Thanks so much, Stefan. 🙂