Quotes About Boredom

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Zelda Fitzgerald
“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.”
Zelda Fitzgerald, The Collected Writings

G.K. Chesterton
“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
G.K. Chesterton

Shelby Foote
“I abhor the idea of a perfect world. It would bore me to tears.”
Shelby Foote

Émile Zola
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
Émile Zola, The Ladies' Paradise

Terry Pratchett
“HUMAN BEINGS MAKE LIFE SO INTERESTING. DO YOU KNOW, THAT IN A UNIVERSE SO FULL OF WONDERS, THEY HAVE MANAGED TO INVENT BOREDOM. (Death)”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Chuck Palahniuk
“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

Louis C.K.
“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”
Louis C.K.

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Maria Semple
“That's right,' she told the girls. 'You are bored. And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it's on you to make life interesting, the better off you'll be.”
Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Susan Cain
“...I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.”
Susan Cain

Edward Gorey
“I really think I write about everyday life. I don't think I'm quite as odd as others say I am. Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.”
Edward Gorey

Albert Camus
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
Albert Camus, The Plague

Michel Houellebecq
“The absence of the will to live is, alas, not sufficient to make one want to die.”
Michel Houellebecq

Cory Doctorow
“Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.”
Cory Doctorow, Little Brother

Hermann Hesse
“When I have neither pleasure nor pain and have been breathing for a while the lukewarm insipid air of these so called good and tolerable days, I feel so bad in my childish soul that I smash my moldering lyre of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment and would rather feel the very devil burn in me than this warmth of a well-heated room. A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse, perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages, to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols...”
Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

Susan Ertz
“... millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
Susan Ertz

Criss Jami
“The writer's curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

George Harrison
“The Beatles saved the world from boredom.”
George Harrison

Sherman Alexie
“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?”
Sherman Alexie, Flight

Gena Showalter
“What's this about?"
"Finally. Interest," was the only response.
"If this is one of your tricks..." Like the time Torin had ordered hundreds of blow-up dolls and placed them throughout the fortress, all because Paris had foolishly complained about the lack of female companionship in town. The plastic "ladies" had stared our from every corner, their wide eyes and let-me-suck-you mouths taunting everyone who passed them.
Things like that happened when Torin was bored.”
Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

Christopher Moore
“Boredom can be a lethal thing on a small island.”
Christopher Moore, Island of the Sequined Love Nun

David Foster Wallace
“To me, at least in retrospect, the really interesting question is why dullness proves to be such a powerful impediment to attention. Why we recoil from the dull. Maybe it’s because dullness is intrinsically painful; maybe that’s where phrases like ‘deadly dull’ or ‘excruciatingly dull’ come from. But there might be more to it. Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in an ambient, low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from feeling, or at least from feeling directly or with our full attention. Admittedly, the whole thing’s pretty confusing, and hard to talk about abstractly…but surely something must lie behind not just Muzak in dull or tedious places any more but now also actual TV in waiting rooms, supermarkets’ checkouts, airport gates, SUVs’ backseats. Walkman, iPods, BlackBerries, cell phones that attach to your head. This terror of silence with nothing diverting to do. I can’t think anyone really believes that today’s so-called ‘information society’ is just about information. Everyone knows it’s about something else, way down.”
David Foster Wallace

Saul Bellow
“Boredom is the conviction that you can't change ... the shriek of unused capacities.”
Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

Metallica
“Boredom comes from a boring mind.”
Metallica

Joseph Brodsky
“When hit by boredom, let yourself be crushed by it; submerge, hit bottom. In general, with things unpleasant, the rule is: The sooner you hit bottom, the faster you surface. The idea here is to exact a full look at the worst. The reason boredom deserves such scrutiny is that it represents pure, undiluted time in all its repetitive, redundant, monotonous splendor.

Boredom is your window on the properties of time that one tends to ignore to the likely peril of one's mental equilibrium. It is your window on time's infinity. Once this window opens, don't try to shut it; on the contrary, throw it wide open.”
Joseph Brodsky

Benjamin J. Carey
“At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.”
Benjamin J. Carey, Barefoot in November

Winston S. Churchill
“I'm bored with it all.

- Last Words”
Winston S. Churchill

Daphne du Maurier
“Boredom is a pleasing antidote for fear”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Isaac Asimov
“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

Richelle Mead
“Considering Adrian had once gotten bored while reading while reading a particularly long menu, I had a hard time imagining he'd read the Hugo book in any language.”
Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily

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