Quotes and Sayings about Boredom



"Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time."
- Renata Adler
(Related: Time, People, Accident, Boredom, Cruelty, Sleep)

"When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Boredom, Laziness)

"Variety is more than a means of avoiding boredom, since art is more than an entertainment of the senses."
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Related: Art, Boredom, Entertainment, Senses, Variety)

"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
(Related: Life, Afterlife, Boredom, Heaven, Hell)

"In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Sacrifice, Boredom, Order)

"Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Being, Boredom, Crime, First, World)

"Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore."
- Cecil Beaton
(Related: Being, Boredom, Crime, First, World)

"Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Experience, Dream, Boredom)

"Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror."
- Al Boliska
(Related: Travel, Boredom, Moments, Terror)

"Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror."
- Pappy Boyington
(Related: Boredom, Flying, Terror)

"I've made a career over the last seventeen years of mostly playing men in uniform, especially cops. The one thing for an actor that is death, is if you're bored. The boredom will show in your work."
- Benjamin Bratt
(Related: Men, Work, Death, Actor, Boredom, Career, Will, Years)

"For boredom speaks the language of time, and it is to teach you the most valuable lesson of your life - the lesson of your utter insignificance."
- Joseph Brodsky
(Related: Life, Time, Boredom, Language)

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Ambition, Boredom, Exhaustion)

"Only the most acute and active animals are capable of boredom. - A theme for a great poet would be God's boredom on the seventh day of creation."
- Lewis Cass
(Related: God, Animals, Boredom, Creation, Day)

"As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: Boredom, Man)

"Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: Boredom, Passion)

"Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?"
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: History, Fear, Boredom, Result)

"Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire."
- Confucius
(Related: People, Boredom, Revenge)

"Even boredom has its crises."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Boredom)

"It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Boredom, Effect, Facts, Freedom, Repetition, Result, Tolerance)

"Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always."
- Guy Debord
(Related: Boredom)

"In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that."
- Marguerite Duras
(Related: Love, Boredom)

"As actors, the thing we have to fight, more than even the business part of making movies, is boredom."
- Linda Fiorentino
(Related: Business, Movies, Actors, Boredom, Fight)

"Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Boredom, Despair, Humanity, Lies)

"How some of the writers I come across get through their books without dying of boredom is beyond me."
- William Gaddis
(Related: Books, Boredom, Dying, Writers)

"Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: American, Boredom, Economics)

"Running through things because you are familiar with them, breeds routine and this is the seed of boredom."
- James Galway
(Related: Boredom, Routine, Running)

"Sooner barbarity than boredom."
- Theophile Gautier
(Related: Boredom)

"Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom."
- Ruth Gordon
(Related: Temple, Boredom, Old)

"It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos."
- Manly Hall
(Related: Boredom, Chaos, Disillusionment, Self)

"The Beatles saved the world from boredom."
- George Harrison
(Related: Boredom, World)

"I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Boredom, Reading)

"Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?"
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Boredom, Dying, Sense)

"To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do."
- Heraclitus
(Related: Control)

"There's a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings. I don't understand, personally, how you can be bored. I can understand how you can be depressed, but I just don't understand boredom."
- Dustin Hoffman
(Related: Boredom, Rebirth)

"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
(Related: Boredom, Freedom, Liberty, Pleasure, Symbol)

"It's precisely in those moments when I don't know what to do, boredom drives one to try a host of possibilities to either get somewhere or not get anywhere."
- Anish Kapoor
(Related: Boredom, Moments, Possibilities)

"It's the boredom that kills you. You read until you're tired of that. You do crossword puzzles until you're tired of that. This is torture. This is mental torture."
- Jack Kevorkian
(Related: Boredom)

"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
(Related: Gods, Beginning, Boredom, Evil, Wonder, World)

"Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Boredom, Evil)

"Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Morality, Virtue, Boredom, Disease)

"I know when I'm working I seldom get into trouble. My educated guess is that boredom has caused most of the problems with Hollywood celebrities."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Boredom, Hollywood, Problems, Trouble)

"I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: People, Boredom)

"The boredom occasioned by too much restraint is always preferable to that produced by an uncontrolled enthusiasm for a pointless variety."
- Osbert Lancaster
(Related: Enthusiasm, Boredom, Restraint, Variety)

"Our only competition in the theater is boredom, because if I'm bored with a play, if I'm revolted by a play on stage, with the Broadway prices, especially today, I'm going to walk out and not come back and pay that price again."
- Jerome Lawrence
(Related: Boredom, Competition, Play, Theater, Today)

"The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom."
- Guy de Maupassant
(Related: Life, Boredom, Shadow, Smile)

"There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever."
- Viggo Mortensen
(Related: Boredom)

"A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: God, Boredom, Creation, Day)

"You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea."
- Earl Nightingale
(Related: Idea, Absence, Boredom)

"The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Boredom, Presidency, Problems)

"The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom."
- C. Northcote Parkinson
(Related: Society, Boredom, Sense)

"Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Boredom, Criticism)

"Miss Searle had always considered boredom an intellectual defeat."
- Mary Renault
(Related: Boredom, Defeat)

"I wanted to get that sense of peace and even boredom that comes with long familiarity."
- Debbie Reynolds
(Related: Peace, Boredom, Familiarity, Sense)

"Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness."
- Rumi
(Related: Boredom, Hurt, Taste)

"Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Fear, Boredom, Mankind)

"People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom."
- George Sanders
(Related: People, Wealth, Boredom, Class)

"For all the boredom the straight life brings, it's not too bad."
- Gus Van Sant
(Related: Life, Boredom)

"Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn't. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Music, Boredom, Listening)

"The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Happiness, Boredom, Enemies, Pain)

"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
(Related: Being, Boredom)

"The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Life, Boredom, Man)

"One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom."
- Muriel Spark
(Related: Boredom)

"One must choose in life between boredom and suffering."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Life, Boredom, Suffering)

"This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom."
- Stendhal
(Related: Age, Boredom, Cure)

"It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Boredom)

"If I planned everything out in advance, I'd expire of boredom."
- Peter Straub
(Related: Boredom)

"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
- Thomas Szasz
(Related: Time, Boredom, Feeling, Nothing, Serenity, Waste)

"He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest."
- Dylan Thomas
(Related: Work, Boredom, Rest)

"Boredom is rage spread thin."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Boredom)

"Boredom: the desire for desires."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Desire)

"Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?"
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Boredom, Dying, Risk, Starvation, World)

"Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate boredom of the working press."
- William Weld
(Related: Boredom, Press)

"In marketing you must choose between boredom, shouting and seduction. Which do you want?"
- Roy H. Williams
(Related: Boredom, Marketing, Seduction, Want)

"Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Boredom)

"Writer's block is the greatest side effect of boredom."
- Jason Zebehazy
(Related: Boredom, Effect, Writer)