How I yearn to be left alone

Reference: Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa – Volume 8, Page 175

‘Adullaah ibn Muhammad al-Karmaanee said:

I visited Muhammad ibn an-Nadhr, and said:

“It is as if you dislike socialising with the people.”

And he replied:

“That is correct; how I [yearn to] be left alone.”

…and [as a token gesture to suggest he does socialise], he said:

“I am a participant [in the conversation] of he who remembers me?!”