Boredom Quotes

Boredom is nothing but the experience of a paralysis of our productive powers.

Erich Fromm

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

Thomas Szasz

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

Virginia Woolf

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


Boredom: the desire for desires.

Leo Tolstoy

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

Wayne Dyer

Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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


Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?

Raoul Vaneigem

The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom

Arthur Schopenhauer

Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.


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

Lin Yutang

Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom

Arthur Schopenhauer

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism

Wendell Phillips

Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.

Ruth Gordon

Boredom is what you fight. Constant, ever-present boredom. So you learn to look forward to small things. Sunlight glimpsed through a cloud, an extra piece of pie or candy, good thread to sew your blouse, a ribbon to wear in your hair.

Valerie W. Wesley

Boredom is the keynote of poverty -- of all its indignities, it is perhaps the hardest of all to live with -- for where there is no money there is no change of any kind.

Moss Hart

Want and boredom are indeed the twin poles of human life.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.

Walter Benjamin

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 like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.

Charlotte Whitton

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.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.

George Steiner

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