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





Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.


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


Prudent dullness marked him for a mayor.


Charles Churchill (1731-1764, British poet, satirist)


What a comfort a dull but kindly person is, to be sure, at times! A ground-glass shade over a gas-lamp does not bring more solace to our dazzled eyes than such a one to our minds.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


What can he mean by coming among us? He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.


Samuel Foote


Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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