A Quote by William Edmondstoune Aytoun on boredom, fame, and grief

They bore within their breasts the grief That fame can never heal- That deep, unutterable woe Which none save exiles feel.

William Edmondstoune Aytoun (1813 - 1965)

Source: The Island of the Scots

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A Quote by William C. Deitz on acceptance, boredom, friendship, and opposites

Fifty or sixty shooters had already arrived and managed to look studiously bored. I knew a few of them and nodded politely. No one asked me to sit next to them, nor would I have accepted if they had. It's better that way, in case you end up on opposite sides of a fight, and a whole lot safer. Friends can betray you. Strangers can't.

William C. Deitz

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A Quote by William Barnes Rhodes on boredom, challenge, hunger, and thought

'Who dares this pair of boots displace, Must meet Bombastes face to face.' Thus do I challenge the human race. Bombastes: So have I heard on Afric's burning shore, A hungry lion give a grievous roar; The grievous roar echo'd along the shore. King: So have I heard on Afric's burning shore Another lion give a grievous roar, And the first lion thought the last a bore.

William Barnes Rhodes (1772 - 1826)

Source: Bombastes Furioso, sc. iv

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A Quote by Walker Percy on boredom, circumstances, civilization, dawn, death, dogs, food, good, guidance, imagination, people, seriousness, sleep, thought, and weather

Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep. Thought Experiment: Imagine that you are a member of a tour visiting Greece. The group goes to the Parthenon. It is a bore. Few people even bother to look - it looked better in the brochure. So people take half a look, mostly take pictures, remark on the serious erosion by acid rain. You are puzzled. Why should one of the glories and fonts of Western civilization, viewed under pleasant conditions - good weather, good hotel room, good food, good guide - be a bore? Now imagine under what set of circumstances a viewing of the Parthenon would not be a bore. For example, you are a NATO colonel defending Greece against a Soviet assault. You are in a bunker in dowtown Athens, binoculars propped on sandbags. It is dawn. A medium-range missile attack is under way. Half a million Greeks are dead. Two missiles bracket the Parthenon. The next will surely be a hit. Between columns of smoke, a ray of golden light catches the portico. Are you bored? Can you see the Parthenon?

Walker Percy

Source: 1983

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on boredom, heaven, hell, life, needs, satisfaction, work, and world

The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world's need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this - with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need - this life is hell.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: To His Newborn Great-Grandson; address on his 90th birthday, 1958

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on boredom, evil, needs, vices, and work

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

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Candide

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on boredom and secrets

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Sept Discours en Vers sur l’Homme

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on boredom


The way to be a bore is to say everything.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: Sur la Nature de l’Homme

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on boredom, children, evil, labor, and vices

"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want."

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by Vivien Leigh on boredom, justice, and war

Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides, there isn't going to be any war. . . . If either of you boys says 'war' just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door.

Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967)

Source: As Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind, 1939 — based on Margaret Mitchell's novel

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