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Quotations: Boredom

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

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.
Richard Bach

The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning "ability to," and bics, meaning "withstand tremendous boredom".
Dave Barry

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

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

Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.
Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The things to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
Gerald Brenan

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
Frank Moore Colby

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
R. I. Fitzhenry

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

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley

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

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
H. L. Mencken

God created woman. And boredom did indeed cease from that moment -- but many other things ceased as well!
Friedrich Nietzsche

Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Dorothy Parker

A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.
Francis Picabia

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

Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
Thomas S. Szasz

Boredom: the desire for desires.
Leo Tolstoy

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Voltaire

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Voltaire

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.
Voltaire

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

Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination.
Lin Yutang

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