Dull Quotes

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Blaise Pascal
“Dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Charles Bukowski
please give your
bodies and your
the young men
deserve them

there is
no way
I would welcome
senseless hell
you would bring

I wish you
in bed

but not

Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

Erik Pevernagie
“It’s hard to safeguard a genuine life course, when love tips over from endearing care into tedium, through laziness of imagination or loss of interest, and the storyline becomes barren and desolate, insipidly dull, turning into a threadbare act with the same trite modus operandi. “The same procedure as every year, James!” ("Things needing to be changed")”
Erik Pevernagie

J. Frank Dobie
“Conform and be dull.”
James Frank Dobie

Lisa Ann Sandell
“Somewhere, things must be beautiful and vivid. Somewhere else, life has to be beautiful and vivid and rich. Not like this muted palette -a pale blue bedroom, washed out sunny sky, dull green yellow brown of the fields. Here, I know ever twist of every road, every blade of grass, every face in this town, and I am suffocating.”
Lisa Ann Sandell, A Map of the Known World

Charles Bukowski
“I like to prowl ordinary places.
I feel sorry for us all or glad for us
caught alive together
and awkward in that way.

there's nothing better than the joke
of us
the seriousness of us
the dullness of us”
Charles Bukowski, Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

Raymond Chandler
“Everything written with vitality expresses that vitality; there are no dull subjects, only dull minds.”
Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

W. Somerset Maugham
“Dying is a dull, dreary affair. my advice is that you have nothing whatever to with it.”
William Somerset Maugham
tags: dull, dying

Ayn Rand
“She felt a bored indifference toward the immediate world around her...She took it as a regrettable accident, to be borne patiently for a while, that she happened to be imprisoned among people who were dull.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Toba Beta
“As dull as moon face, never seem to change.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Bill Callahan
“I have been mostly dull lately. Like a butter knife. And hoping to find, when called upon, something more in my arsenal than a butter knife. Unless my opponent is actually butter. Then that would be fine. Room temperature butter.”
Bill Callahan, Letters to Emma Bowlcut
tags: dull

“Sometimes, the Brightest Smile,
Has the Dullest Story.”
Somya Kedia

Orlando Figes
“Lenin's Personal life was extraordinarily dull. He dressed and lived like a middle-aged provincial clerk, with precisely fixed hours for meals, sleep, work and leisure. He liked everything to be neat and orderly.”
Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891 - 1924

G.K. Chesterton
“Let me take once again a rough parable. Suppose I advertised in the papers that I had a place for any one who was too stupid to be a clerk. Probably I should receive no replies; possibly one. Possibly also (nay, probably) it would be from the one man who was not stupid at all. But suppose I had advertised that I had a place for any one who was too clever to be a clerk. My office would be instantly besieged by all the most hopeless fools in the four kingdoms. To advertise for exceptions is simply to advertise for egoists. To advertise for egoists is to advertise for idiots. It is exactly the bore who does think that his case is interesting. It is precisely the really common person who does think that his case is uncommon. It is always the dull man who does think himself rather wild. To ask solely for strange experiences of the soul is simply to let loose all the imbecile asylums about one's ears.”
G. K. Chesterton

Julian Black
“I would try my best not to show my envy but sometimes it would just shine through because my life was so dull and empty.”
Julian Black, Nicky - A Bit of a Wet Rag:: What Goes on Behind the Curtain of a Closet Homosexual

Iris Murdoch
“In this connection I must mention too a not altogether rational idea which I had nourished more or less vaguely for a long time: the notion that before I could achieve greatness as a writer I would have to pass through some ordeal. For this ordeal I had waited in vain. Even total war (I was never in uniform) failed to ruffle my life. I seemed doomed to quietness.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Oscar Wilde
“the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. He has no further claim to be considered as an artist.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

“Silence brings anxiety, curiosity and peculiarity. Not peace.”
Meghna Sodha

Christina Engela
“Life as a private investigator, slash bounty hunter wasn’t all Gary Beck wanted it to be. There weren’t any big mansions on a palm beach owned by an affluent writer generous enough to let him live rent-free and use his spare Ferrari. But then you have to ask yourself, what could you expect living on a planet like Deanna? As a third-rate colony in the Terran Empire, Deanna had more than its fair share of dull moments. It orbits a star called Ramalama. If you think that’s funny, Deanna’s two moons are called Ding and Dong, respectively (this is a local joke) and one of them falls down occasionally.”
Christina Engela, Black Sunrise

“There are quite a few people around us performing the job of being our own personal sharpeners. Never a dull moment with them.”
Jeffrey G. Duarte

José Eduardo Agualusa
“Eternity is not the inexhaustible sum of all the centuries, quite the contrary —it must surely be this absence of time. Absolute calm (which can be more than a little dull!).”
José Eduardo Agualusa, Nação Crioula

Siva Vaidhyanathan
“We have a long way to go before humanity is constantly connected to and monitored by a handful of companies. Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Oculus Rift are currently just vanity products for the wealthiest among us. But the model is clear: the operating system of our lives would be about our bodies, our consciousness, our decisions. Attention would be optional. Power would be more concentrated, and manipulation constant. That’s a world with no patience for autonomy and no space for democracy. It would be a lazy, narcotic world. It would not be some dystopian state of mass slavery, as portrayed in The Matrix. It would be kind of dull and kind of fun. It would be an existence like that in Brave New World.”
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

L.P. Hartley
“The civilian world was a dull place, a tired three-piece orchestra, waiting for the word 'fun'.”
L.P. Hartley, The Hireling
tags: dull, fun

Lawrence Weschler
“The geology museum had a wonderful dullness." We make our way over to a case full of geodes, before Oliver pauses transfixed. "I love the idea of something dull on the outside, and spectacular and crystalline on the inside.”
Lawrence Weschler, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks
tags: dull

Dean F. Wilson
“Her words were like knives to his conscience, and as much as avarice dulled their blades, her tongue sharpened them.”
Dean F. Wilson, Hopebreaker

Rasmenia Massoud
“Then a thought occurs to me that nice can turn to annoying or dull if a person isn’t careful, or stops paying attention.”
Rasmenia Massoud, Tied Within

Lisa Ann Sandell
“And I am so dull and dirty. Like a small brown toad. He does not see me. How could he see me, when she is before him? Glowing and gilded in gold.”
Lisa Ann Sandell, Song of the Sparrow

“Slience brings anxiety, curiosity and peculiarity. Not peace.”
Meghna Sodha

Patrick Rothfuss
“I don't remember starting out that morning, but I do remember trying to sleep and feeling quite alone except for a dull, bittersweet ache.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The path that leads to triumph is long, tedious, and crooked.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

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