On Being Boring

Sunday, April 22, 2012 – On Being Boring

A finished person is a boring person. ~ Anna Quindlen

A lot of people stop short. They don’t actually die but they say, “Right I’m old, and I’m going to retire,” and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring. ~ Mary Wesley

A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. ~ Franz Kafka

All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified? ~ Chuck Palahniuk

American audiences are just the same as any other audiences. Except a bit more boring. ~ Sid Vicious

Sometimes the most positive thing you can be in a boring society is absolutely negative. ~ Johnny Rotten

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ~ Frank Zappa

The Beatles saved the world from boredom. ~ George Harrison

I never really studied business in school. I kind of wish I had, but how boring is that? ~ Mick Jagger

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

Any subject can be made interesting, and therefore any subject can be made boring. ~ Hilaire Belloc

One trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize a book is boring you’ve already finished it. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down. ~ Dave Barry

Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting. ~ Dave Barry

Did anyone ever have a boring dream? ~ Ralph Hodgson

I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom. ~ Heinrich Heine

Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind. ~ Gioachino Rossini

If you think you’re boring your audience, go slower not faster. ~ Gustav Mahler

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out. ~ Voltaire

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all. ~ John Cage

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

I like boring things. ~ Andy Warhol

I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations – that’s why we got married really quickly. ~ Sean Connery

I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that’s my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again… the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul. ~ J. G. Ballard

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. ~ Charles Baudelaire

Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives. We forget this because we’ve seen too many of her books on screen. ~ Mark Haddon

Just standing around looking beautiful is so boring. ~ Michelle Pfeiffer

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~ Alice Walker

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. ~ John Berryman

My father had left behind an old piano. My sister was already going to school, my mother was out working, and I stayed at home alone with my adorable grandmother who understood nothing I said. It was so boring that I stayed at the piano all day long, and that saved my life. ~ Michel Legrand

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. ~ Robert Adams

There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness. ~ Aldous Huxley

Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things. ~ E. M. Forster

What’s wrong with being a boring kind of guy? ~ George H. W. Bush

Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, but that alone doesn’t make it true. ~ Franz Kafka

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

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

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera

Your true traveler 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

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


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