“[Loneliness] breaks you - you gotta have contact with other people. I’ve learned that in spades, but I’ve also figured out: You know what’s really good for the soul: getting out there and forcing yourself to be all alone - like some meditative procedure. There’s a huge difference between loneliness and solitude. Loneliness is to be avoided. Solitude is to be sought.”
Tom Hanks talks about his lonely childhood in a remarkable, emotional interview on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs.