Artist: Wojciech Gerson
Here is definitely one of my favorite sayings from the Desert Mothers:
Amma Syncletica said, "There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town; they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one's mind while living in a crowd; and it is possible for those who are solitaries to live in the crowd of their own thoughts."
This saying is one I rely upon when people remark to to me, "Funny; you don't look like a hermit."
I tend to answer, "When I look like a hermit, nobody sees me."
More to the point, however, is that the value of solitude is more in one's state of mind than whether one is literally (physically) around other people or not.