Boredom: The desire for desires – Leo Tolstoy

40 Best Boredom Quotes – Words of Great Wisdom

Boredom is a very unpleasant feeling and some people even perceive it as physically painful. Dullness makes you feel frustrated with life and yourself. Why?

It was not daydreaming but attentiveness that has helped mankind survive and evolve into the intelligent and productive species he is today!

Boredom can be a lethal thing on a small island.
Christopher Moore

In the animal kingdom and indeed in business, lack of enthusiasm can make the difference between survival and extinction. Absentmindedness is deadly! Dreariness makes you suffer and feel useless.

This collection contains 40 of the best wise sayings and quotes on boredom, arranged by birth year of the author.

Enjoy and hopefully you won’t feel bored!

People who have nothing to do
are quickly tired of their own company.

Jeremy Collier

(1650 – 1726, English theatre critic,
non-juror bishop and theologian)

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

Boredom is a sickness
the cure for which is work;
pleasure is only a palliative.

Pierre-Marc-Gaston de Lévis

(1764 – 1830, second duke of Lévis, peer of France,
French politician, aphorist and député
to the National Constituent Assembly)

One must choose in life
between boredom and suffering.

Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein,
commonly known as Madame de Staël

(1766 – 1817, French woman of letters of Swiss origin)

The two enemies of human happiness are
pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

(1788 – 1860, German philosopher; best known for
his work The World as Will and Representation)

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

(1788 – 1860, German philosopher)

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

Thomas Carlyle

(1795 – 1881, Scottish philosopher, satirical writer,
essayist, historian and teacher)

Boredom is the root of all evil –
the despairing refusal to be oneself.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

(1813 – 1855, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet,
social critic and religious author who is widely
considered to be the first existentialist philosopher)

Boredom is the fear of self.
Marie Josephine de Suin,
Countess of Beausacq

(1829 – 1899, French writer known by
her pen name of Diane de Beausacq)

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