Boredom Quotes

The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians.

William Ralph Inge (Dean Inge) ‘End of an Age’ (1948) ch.6

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

Bertrand Russell (Bertrand Arthur William, third Earl Russell) “The Conquest of Happiness” (1930) ch.4

He bored with his augur; he bored once and twice,
And some were playing cards, and some were playing dice,
When the water flowed in it dazzled their eyes,
And she sank by the Low-lands low.

Stanley Baldwin ‘The Golden Vanity’

Society is now one polished horde,
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.

Byron (George Gordon, Sixth Baron Byron) 1788-1824 ‘Don Juan’ (1819-24) canto 13, st.95

Isn’t history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?

Emile M. Cioran

It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.

Quentin Crisp

It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos.

Manly Hall

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.

Wallace Stevens

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

C. Northcote Parkinson

The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom.

Guy de Maupassant

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

Susan Sontag

The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.

Richard M. Nixon

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

There’s a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings. I don’t understand, personally, how you can be bored. I can understand how you can be depressed, but I just don’t understand boredom.

Dustin Hoffman

There’s no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there’s no excuse for boredom, ever.

Viggo Mortensen

This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.


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