An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.


Thomas B. Aldrich (1836-1907, American writer, editor)


The penalty for success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.


Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980, British-born American photographer)


I have a fear of being boring.


Christian Bale (1974-, British-born American actor)


Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


The world is eaten up by boredom. You can't see it all at once. It is like dust. You go about and never notice, you breathe it in, you eat and drink it. It is sifted so fine, it doesn't even grit on your teeth. But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands. To shake off this drizzle of ashes you must be for ever on the go. And so people are always "on the go."


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns, we ourselves flash and yearn, and moreover my mother told me as a boy (repeatedly) "Ever to confess you're bored means you have no inner Resources." I conclude now I have no inner resources, because I am heavy bored.


John Berryman (1914-1972, American poet)


Bore -- a person who talks when you wish him to listen.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Never chain your dogs together with sausages. One must accustom one's self to be bored.


Lady Bloomfield


Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.


Gerald Brenan (1894-1987, Maltan travel writer, novelist)


Monotony is the awful reward of the careful.


A.G. Buckham


One thing I can say about George... he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy?


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.


Jeremy Collier (1650-1726, British clergyman, conjuror)


Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


A yawn is a silent shout.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Passions are less mischievous than boredom, for passions tend to diminish and boredom increase.


Barbey d'Aurevilly


Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.


Guy Debord (1931-, French philosopher)


I spent a year in that town, one Sunday.


Warwick Deeping (1877-1950, British novelist)


I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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There are moments when, faced with our lack of success, I wonder whether we are failures, proud but impotent. One thing reassures me as to our value: the boredom that afflicts us. It is the hall-mark of quality in modern men.


Edmond and Jules De Goncourt (1822-1896, French writers)


Boredom is not an end-product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You've got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Man is the only animal that can be bored.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


One of the worst forms of mental suffering is boredom, not knowing what to do with oneself and one's life. Even if man had no monetary, or any other reward, he would be eager to spend his energy in some meaningful way because he could not stand the boredom which inactivity produces.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Only those who want everything done for them are bored.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.


Gian Vincenzo Gravina


The one sure means of dealing with boredom is to care for someone else, to do something kind and good.


Theodore Haecker


Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull.


Vance Havner


To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


If you're bored with life -- you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things -- you don't have enough goals.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Boring people are a reflection of boring people.


Doug Horton


Boring people are a reflection of boring people.


Doug Horton


Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious, since we are forced to call in so many trifling things to help rid us of our time, which will never return.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


An enthusiast may bore others, but he has never a dull moment himself.


John Kieran


Boredom is the root of all evil -- the despairing refusal to be oneself.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.


Henry Kissinger (1923-, American Secretary of State)


Over-excitement and boredom are states of mind which I equally shun.


E.V. Knox


The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We are almost always bored with people that we should not be bored with.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We often bore others when we think we cannot possibly bore them.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The devil's name is dullness.


Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American confederate army commander)


The life of a creator is not the only life nor perhaps the most interesting which a man leads. There is a time for play and a time for work, a time for creation and a time for lying fallow. And there is a time, glorious too in its own way, when one scarcely exists, when one is a complete void. I mean -- when boredom seems the very stuff of life.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


His shortcoming is his long staying.


Lewis L. Lewisohn


Boredom slays more of existence than war.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead.


William C. Menninger


The most terrible thing about materialism, even more terrible than its proneness to violence, is its boredom, from which sex, alcohol, drugs, all devices for putting out the accusing light of reason and suppressing the unrealizable aspirations of love, offer a prospect of deliverance.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


Only the most acute and active animals are capable of boredom.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


You'll find boredom where there is an absence of a good idea.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Just standing around looking beautiful is so boring, really boring, so boring.


Michelle Pfeiffer


Boredom is useful to me when I notice it and think: Oh I'm bored; there must be something else I want to be doing... boredom acts as an initiator of originality by pushing me into new activities or new thoughts.


Hugh Prather


Being bored is an insult to oneself.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


Three-quarters of a soldier's life is spent in aimlessly waiting about.


Eugene Rosenstock-Huessy


Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


I don't know about bores. Maybe you shouldn't feel too sorry if you see some swell girl getting married to them. They don't hurt anybody most of them, and maybe they're all terrific whistlers or something. Who the hell knows? Not me.


J. D. Salinger (1919-, American author)


One can be bored until boredom becomes a mystical experience.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Goodbye. I am leaving because I am bored.


George Saunders


People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


The usual trouble with volunteers is not killing them with overwork, but simply boring them to death.


Harold J. Seymour


For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action nor utterance, nor the power of speech, to stir men's blood. I only speak right on. I tell you that which you yourselves do know.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.


Saul Steinberg


The only unhappiness is a life of boredom.


Henri B. Stendhal (1783-1842, French writer)


A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.


Bert Leston Taylor


Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.


Dylan Thomas (1914-1953, Welsh poet)


Boredom: the desire for desires.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


A bore is a man who has nothing to say and says it anyway.


Author Unknown


Boredom is a disease of the mind and psyche, an insidious disease. It not only takes the joy out of life, but the creativity as well. No one of God's children should ever be bored with life.


Author Unknown


He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.


Author Unknown


A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


The best way to be boring is to include everything.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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