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Boredom

  • I'm so bored. I went to the food locker yesterday to visit my meat.

  • ... monotony is not to be worshipped as a virtue; nor the marriage bed treated as a coffin for security rather than a couch from which to rise refreshed.

  • To me the only death is monotony. I always say to Ellen: Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.

  • Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.

  • ... the calm of a place like Bellwood is the peace of death without the hope of resurrection.

  • ... I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.

  • When you consider how epidemic boredom is in our time, you have to concede that entertaining is a healing art.

  • [On Senator Everett Dirksen:] His great enemy was boredom and he won every engagement.

    • Mary McGrory,
    • in Mary McCarthy, Private Faces/Public Places ()
  • ... bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.

  • In heaven they will bore you, in hell you will bore them.

  • Were it not for the amusement of our books, we should be moped to death for want of occupation. It rains incessantly. ... we tickle ourselves in order to laugh; to so low an ebb are we reduced.

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1671, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 1 ()
  • I am tired to death! tired of every thing! I would give the universe for a disposition less difficult to please. Yet, after all, what is there to give pleasure? When one has seen one thing, one has seen every thing.

  • Boredom, Timothy Duane assured me, is nothing more than anger without passion.

  • The law, in its questionable wisdom, has not decreed that boredom is a felony nor even a misdemeanor, so we can't place the offenders in solitary where they belong. There's no tight little island to which we can deport them. We know how to keep the hoof and mouth disease from our shores but, alas, not the dread ailment called boredom.

  • One must, in one's life, make a choice between boredom and suffering.

    • Madame de Staël,
    • letter (1800), in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël ()
  • Ennui is the disease of hearts without feeling, and of minds without resources.

    • Marie-Jeanne Roland,
    • 1793, in Lydia Maria Child, Memoirs of Madame de Staël and of Madame Roland ()
  • Boredom helps one to make decisions.

  • There is nothing boring in life except ourselves.

    • Nadia Boulanger,
    • in Don G. Campbell, Master Teacher: Nadia Boulanger ()
  • ... one sank into the ancient sin of anomie when challenges failed.

  • I have sometimes believed that I could see shadows spread under people's eyes when they were being frantically bored. I have seen faces age and sag under the onslaught of amiable extroversion ...

  • ... boredom has a tendency to bring out the worst in people's faces.

  • [On seeing "Exodus":] For the first time in my life I envied my feet — they were asleep.

  • Boredom is the fear of self.

  • The world is full of wonders, riches, powers, puzzles. What it holds can make us horrified, sorrowful, amazed, confused, joyful. But nothing in it can make us bored. Boredom is the result of some pinch in ourselves, not of some lack in the world.

  • ... Clarice has a curious chemical reaction to boredom and the result can be similar to dynamite in the hands of a lunatic ...

  • ... I was sailing from tedium to apathy with a side trip to torpor.

  • I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the highest flights of their art.

    • Edith Sitwell,
    • in Elizabeth Salter, The Last Years of a Rebel ()
  • What a godsend the war is, coming just as Spiritualism was beginning to bore her!

  • ... let dullness have its due: and remember that if life and conversation are happily compared to a bowl of punch, there must be more water in it than spirit, acid, or sugar.

    • Hester Lynch Piozzi,
    • 1817, in A. Hayward, ed., Autobiography, Letters, and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale), vol. 2 ()
  • I love nothing and that is the true cause of my ennui.

  • Boredom is what happens to people who have no control over their minds.