But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.
— Homer

There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you're actually quite literally connected by your neurons.
— Vilayanur Ramachandran

To get to New Orleans you don't pass through anywhere else. That geographical location, being aloof, lets it hold onto the ritual of its own pace more than other places that have to keep up with the progress.
— Allen Toussaint

Ah, happiness courts the light so we deem the world is gay. But misery hides aloof so we deem that misery there is none.
— Herman Melville

He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.
— Theodor Adorno