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31 Famous Unmarried People Who Prove That Being Single Is Badass

Self is bae.

1. Jane Austen

"Anything is to be preferred and endured rather than marrying without affection."

2. Oprah

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"I think that had Stedman and I gotten married, we certainly wouldn't have stayed married.... The show was the true love of my life—it took up all of my energy."

3. Leonardo da Vinci

4. Queen Elizabeth I

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"Beggar woman and single far rather than queen and married."

5. Sir Isaac Newton

6. Nikola Tesla

"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor... such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything."

7. President James Buchanan

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8. Louisa May Alcott

9. Condoleezza Rice

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"I always say, the fact of the matter is you don't want to get married in the abstract, you want to get married to someone. And I've just not found that person that I want to get married to."

10. Florence Nightingale

11. Clara Barton

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12. Diane Keaton

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"I didn't really want a man that I could have. The dream or the neighborhood? I wanted the dream."

13. Hans Christian Anderson

14. George Eastman

15. Susan B. Anthony

16. Orville and Wilbur Wright

17. Voltaire

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18. Henry David Thoreau

"I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."

19. Meriwether Lewis

20. Chelsea Handler

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"I don't know that I'm marriage material."

21. Descartes

22. Antonio Vivaldi

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23. Franz Kafka

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24. Ludwig van Beethoven

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"I love a tree more than a man."

25. Joan of Arc

26. Anne and Emily Brontë

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27. Mary Cassatt

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"I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work."

28. Harper Lee

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29. Greta Garbo

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"I want to be alone."

30. Jane Addams

31. Kristin Davis

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"I'm perfectly happy [with] my single self."

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