Boredom quotes and sayings

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

Boredom: the desire for desires.
Leo Tolstoy

One wonders what would happen in a society in which there were no rules to break. Doubtless everyone would quickly die of boredom.
Susan Howitch

Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
Susan Sontag

Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
Virginia Woolf

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you.

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.
Mignon McLaughlin

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Bertrand Russell

Boredom is an emptiness filled with insistence.
Leo Stein

Boredom flourishes too, when you feel safe. It’s a symptom of security.
Eugene Ionesco

The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century. Boredom slays more of existence than war.
Norman Mailer

I am never bored anywhere: being bored is an insult to oneself.
Jules Renard

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
Thomas Szasz

Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.
Le Duc de Levis

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The things to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
Gerald Brenan

Never chain your dogs together with sausages. One must accustom one’s self to be bored.
Lady Bloomfield

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom.
Bertrand Russell

This is the curse of our age, that even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.
Stendhal quotes

Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.

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.
Charlotte Whitton

When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I’m leaving.
Steven Wright

All man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room.
Blaise Pascal

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

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

I spent a year in that town, one Sunday.
Warwick Deeping

I have a fear of being boring.
Christian Bale

The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning “ability to,” and bics, meaning “withstand tremendous boredom.
Dave Barry

I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
Thomas Carlyle

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
R. I. Fitzhenry

Procrastination avoids boredom; one never has the feeling that there is nothing important to do.