Movies, adverts, even your own Mother: everyone wants you to think you're a loser for being single.
Well, they can take their over-crowded restuarants and gaudy teddy bears and shove 'em – being a batchelor has plenty to recommend it.
But don't take our word for it. Take the words of these legendary singletons, then give romance the short shrift it deserves...
"Sometimes you have to stand alone to prove that you can stand still."
"Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men."
– Francis Bacon
"A bachelor is a man who comes to work each morning from a different direction."
– Sholom Aleichem
"He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened."
– Lao Tzu
"No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness."
– Graham Greene
"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
– Henry David Thoreau
"I like being single, I'm always there when I need me."
– Art Leo
"A bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once."
– Ed Wynn
And finally, the personal philosophy of the greatest single man of them all...