Boredom Quotes

Most popular boredom quotes

If you get easily bored, it means that your BS detector is functioning properly; if you forget (some) things, it means that your mind knows how to filter; and if you feel sadness, it means that you are human.


Boredom is the fear of self.
Boredom: the desire for desires.
The life of pleasure breeds boredom.


Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.
Man is the only animal that can be bored.

mankind man the animal

Boredom is the self being stuffed with itself.
Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.
Against boredom even the gods themselves struggle in vain.
We pay for security with boredom, for adventure with bother.


One can be bored until boredom becomes a mystical experience.
Politeness is the art of bearing boredom without being bored.

boring people

Ennui, felt on the proper occasions, is a sign of intelligence.
Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
I am never bored anywhere; being bored is an insult to oneself.
Work is the easiest activity man has invented to escape boredom.


The best skill for a clear mind is the ability to be bored early.
Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?
The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.

boring people

Boredom is nothing but the experience of a paralysis of our productive powers and the sense of unaliveness.
Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face. also the shriek of unused capacities, the doom of serving no great end or design, or contributing to no master force.
I am convinced that boredom is one of the greatest tortures. If I were to imagine Hell, it would be the place where you were continually bored.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

the human condition

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.
— Zen saying


Your true traveller 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.


I never allow myself to be bored, because boredom is aging. If you live in the past, you grow old, and dull, and dusty. It's very nice, of course, to be young and beautiful; but there are other qualities, thank God.
Boredom or discontent is useful to me when I acknowledge it and see clearly my assumption that there's something else I would rather be doing.  In this way, boredom can act as an invitation to freedom by opening me to new options and thoughts.


The world is eaten up by boredom.  To perceive this needs a little preliminary thought: you can't see it all at once.  It is like dust. You go about and never notice, you breathe it in, you eat and drink it. It is sifted so fine, it doesn't even grit on your teeth.  But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands. To shake off this drizzle of ashes you must be forever on the go.