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

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

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

R.F. Kuang
“Does everyone here introduce themselves with their languages?" Ramy asked.

"Of course," Vimal said. "Your languages determine how interesting you are. Orientalists are fascinating. Classicists are dull.”
R.F. Kuang, Babel: An Arcane History

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“And it's way too... not beige to come from your kitchens."
"A neutral palette is universally appropriate."
That's not how you pronounce 'dull.”
Lucy Parker, Battle Royal

Elizabeth        May
“Good God,’ Derrick says. ‘I cannot believe I agreed to accompany you. I take back my words. Human dancing is dull! When is he going to throw you over his head?”
Elizabeth May, The Falconer

Steven Magee
“Bright Light Adaptation Disease (BLAD) should be suspected in anyone that is from a dull climate that has spent significant time living in a sunny environment. They may be experiencing fatigue and depression from the much lower indoor lighting levels.”
Steven Magee

Thomas Carlyle
“Interpreting events;' interpreting the universally visible, entirely INdubitable Revelation of the Author of this Universe: how can Dryasdust interpret such things, the dark chaotic dullard, who knows the meaning of nothing cosmic or noble, nor ever will know? Poor wretch, one sees what kind of meaning HE educes from Man's History, this long while past, and has got all the world to believe of it along with him. Unhappy Dryasdust, thrice-unhappy world that takes Dryasdust's reading of the ways of God!”
Thomas Carlyle, History Of Friedrich II of Prussia Volumes 1 - 9: Frederick the Great

Sarah J. Maas
“It was hard not to dwell on that shadow in my heart, the shadow that trailed my every step. I hadn't felt like painting since I'd arrived- and that place inside me where all those colours and shapes and lights had come from had become still and quiet and dull.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

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