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Samyutta Nikaya 35.63
Gotama said, “though a person may live even in a crowded city, they may live alone – if they leave behind their pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain. A person who seeks pleasure or avoids pain is never alone, even in remote forests, far from the noise and business of crowded cities. A person need not persist in their desire for pleasure or avoidance of pain, they need not persist in their attachment to things they have seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched or thought. A person can indeed live alone, even in a crowded city.”