Quotes on Boredom   

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. -- Gian Vincenzo Gravina
A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you. -- Bert Leston Taylor
Boredom is a vital problem of the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. --Bertrand Russell
The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you. -- Nancy Astor
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. --Ellen Parr
"I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate." -- John Steinbeck
Your true traveler 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. --Huxley
Boredom is an emptiness filled with insistence.  -- Leo Stein
"In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice." -- Richard Bach
"I am bored with gabbers and their gab; my soul abhors them. . . . Is there any place where there is no traffic in empty talk? Is there on this earth one who does not worship himself talking?" -- Kahlil Gibran
"To do the same thing over and over is not only boredom; it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do." -- Heraclitus
"Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom."  Bertrand Russell
"I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse." -- Isaac Asimov
"Boredom is the keynote of poverty . . . for where there is no money there is no change of any kind, not of scene or of routine." -- Moss Hart
It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos. --- Manly Hall  
The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century.  Boredom slays more of existence than war.  ~Norman Mailer
"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
"Bores can be divided into two classes: those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject." -- Alan Alexander Milne
Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. -- Eric Hoffer
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
"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom."   -- Thomas Carlyle
"The merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth." -- Alfred Whitehead
All kinds are good except the kind that bores you. -- Voltaire
"Is not life a hundred times too short to bore ourselves?" -- Friedrich Nietzsche
A bore is someone who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it. --Henry Ford
Writer's block is the greatest side effect of boredom --- Jason Zebehazy
The gods were bored and so they created man.  Adam was bored because he was alone, so Eve was created.  Thus boredom entered the world, and increased in proportion to the increase in population.  Adam was bored alone, then Adam and Eve were bored together; them Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel were bored en famille; then the population of the world increased, and the people were bored en masse. -- Kierkegaaard
I am never bored anywhere:  being bored is an insult to oneself.  -- Jules Renard
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
Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore. -- Sir Cecil Beaton
Someone's boring me. I think it's me. -- Dylan Thomas
"Anyone bored these days is not paying attention." -- Bill Copeland
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. --Evelyn Waugh
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself. -- 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
Boredom: the desire for desires. -- Tolstoy
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
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
"I'm afraid of nothing except being bored." Greta Garbo"
The boredom occasioned by too much restraint is always preferable to that produced by an uncontrolled enthusiasm for a pointless variety. --- Osbert Lancaster
Boredom and fatigue are great historical forces. -- Jacques Barzun
One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom. -- Muriel Spark
I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do.  -- Lenny Bruce
Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination. -- Lin Yutang
If you knew what you were doing, you'd probably be bored.  --- Fresco's Law
No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.  --- Jack Kerouac
"The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes."  --- Susan Sontag
Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. -- Frank Moore Colby
Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored. -- George Saunders, last words
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault. -- Henry Kissinger
A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.    -- John Updike
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. -- Voltaire
Boredom flourishes too, when you feel safe.  It's a symptom of security.  ~Eugene Ionesco
[S]he refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring. -- Zelda Fitzgerald
The Beatles saved the world from boredom.  -- George Harrison
The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century.  Boredom slays more of existence than war.  ~Norman Mailer
"Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom"  -- Anatole France
You'll find boredom when there is an absence of a good idea. -- Earl Nightingale
"Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep." -- Walker Percy
Love fed fat soon turns to boredom. -- Ovid
Ennui is the disease of hearts without feeling, and of minds without resources. -- Marie-Jeanne Roland
Boredom is the fear of self. -- Comtesse Diane, Les Glanes de la Vie
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
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. -- C. Northcote Parkinson
"The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom"    --  Arthur Schopenhauer
They say that death kills you, But death doesn't kill you. Boredom and indifference kill you. -- Iggy Pop
A scholar knows no boredom. -- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.  ~Le Duc de Lévis, Mémoires
I don't think suicide is so terrible. Some rainy winter Sundays when there's a little boredom, you should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you're always making a choice. -- Lina Wertmuller
There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. -- Orson Welles
"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is." -- Thomas Szasz
"Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism" --- Wendell Phillips
"Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?" --  John Berger
Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.  ~C.C. Colton
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
When I get real bored, I like to drive down town and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving. --Steven Wright
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
One wonders what would happen in a society in which there were no rules to break. Doubtless everyone would quickly die of boredom. -- Susan Howitch
In the U.S. you have to be a deviant or exist in extreme boredom...Make no mistake; all intellectuals are deviants in the U.S. -- William Seward Burroughs