A Quote by Lisa Kirk on boredom, excellence, and gossip

A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, an excellent conversationalist is someone who talks to you about you.

Lisa Kirk

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A Quote by Lavor K. Chaffin on boredom, education, retirement, thinking, work, and world

Self education can be a bulwark against the boredom of retirement. More importantly, in today's dynamic world, without continuing education one is quickly pushed into the category of the relatively unlearned. Self-education involves thinking, and thinking is hard work.

Lavor K. Chaffin

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection,

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on boredom, kindness, and meaning

I'm rather bored by the subject - meaning me. It's a sort of a yoke, but at times you know, a yoke is a kind of comfort. And it's always there.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Interview at age 72; in New York Times, 27 Feb 1980.

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A Quote by Karol Newlin on boredom, people, and popularity

Popularity comes from allowing yourself to be bored by people while pretending to enjoy it.

Karol Newlin

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on boredom, earth, emptiness, soul, and worship

I am bored with gabbers and their gab; my soul abhors them. . . . Is there any place where there is no traffic in empty talk? Is there on this earth one who does not worship himself talking?

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: Wisdom of Gibran

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on adultery, army, boredom, charity, day, elderly, facts, fatherhood, god, honor, love, and motherhood

He was polite to his elders, who disliked him. Whatever his elders told him to do, he did. They told him to look before he leaped, and he always looked before he leaped. They told him never to put off until the next day what he could do the day before, and he never did. He was told to honour his father and his mother, and he honoured his father and his mother. He was told that he should not kill, and he did not kill, until he got into the Army. Then he was told to kill, and he killed. He turned the other cheek on every occasion and always did unto others exactly as he would have had others do unto him. When he gave to charity, his left hand never knew what his right hand was doing. He never once took the name of the Lord his God in vain, committed adultery or coveted his neighbour's ass. In fact, he loved his neighbour and never even bore false witness against him. [His] elders disliked him because he was such a flagrant nonconformist.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on boredom, climate, good, hell, life, and weather

I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Milton on boredom


The pilot of the Galilean lake; Two massy keys he bore, of metals twain (The golden opes, the iron shuts amain).

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Lycidas. Line 109.

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A Quote by John Milton on boredom and country

The leaf was darkish, and had prickles on it, But in another country, as he said, Bore a bright golden flow'r, but not in this soil; Unknown, and like esteem'd, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Comus. Line 631.

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A Quote by James Agee on boredom, children, and intelligence

Children, taught either years beneath their intelligence or miles wide of relevance to it, or both: their intelligence becomes hopelessly bewildered, drawn off its centers, bored, or atrophied.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

Source: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, with Walker Evans, 1941.

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