Boredom quotes and sayings

When you’re bored with yourself, marry and be bored with someone else.
David Pryce-Jones

A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.
Bert Leston Taylor

Boredom provides a stronger inclination to write than anything.
Vikram Seth

By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilisations have ever fathomed.
Lewis Mumford

More quotes

Somebody’s boring me, I think it’s me.
Dylan Thomas

I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any.
Peter De Vries

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.
John Updike

Hell is more like boredom, or not having enough to do, and too much time to contemplate one’s deficiencies.
Dorothy Gilman

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
Ambrose Bierce

I’m so bored with it all.
Winston Churchill

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz

Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful!
Samuel Beckett

Symmetry is tedious, and tedium is the very basis of mourning. Despair yawns.
Victor Hugo

If you knew what you were doing, you’d probably be bored.
Fresco’s Law

You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.
Earl Nightingale

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
Anatole France

The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians.
Dean Inge

You ought not to be ashamed of being bored. What you ought to be ashamed of is being boring.
Lord Hailsham

Sir, you are like a pin, but without either its head or its point.
Douglas William Jerrold

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Dale Carnegie

A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
Henry Ford

Society is now one polish’d horde, Form’d of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
Lord Byron

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Dorothy Parker

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
Frank Moore Colby

Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.
George Saunders

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
H. L. Mencken

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

God created woman. And boredom did indeed cease from that moment — but many other things ceased as well!
Friedrich Nietzsche

The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.
Nancy Astor

The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way.
Wayne Dyer

Mayhem achieved, boredom relieved.
Bruce McCall

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Voltaire

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
William Shakespeare

Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored.
Wayne Dyer

It seems that boredom is one of the greatest discoveries of our time. If so, there’s no question but that he must be considered a pioneer.
Luchino Visconti

She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.
Zelda Fitzgerald

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.
Richard Bach

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

Perhaps the world’s second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.
Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

The Beatles saved the world from boredom.
George Harrison

Is boredom anything less than the sense of one’s faculties slowly dying?
John Berger

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

Boredom is rage spread thin.
Paul Tillich

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
Anatole France

One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.
Madame de Stael

No society ever seems to have succumbed to boredom. Man has developed an obvious capacity for surviving the pompous reiteration of the commonplace. Engrave this quote in Our Store!
John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.
Bette Midler

When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.
Eric Hoffer

What’s wrong with being a boring kind of guy?
George Bush

Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Boredom: the desire for desires.
Leo Tolstoy

Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination.
Lin Yutang

Boredom comes from a boring mind.
Metallica

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
Saul Steinberg