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When I was young I was frightened I might bore other people, now I'm old I'm frightened they will bore me. (Ruth Adams)

You can't be boring. Life is boring. The weather is boring. Actors must not be boring. (Stella Adler)

The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born. (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

Variety is more than a means of avoiding boredom, since art is more than an entertainment of the senses. (Rudolf Arnheim)

I am never lost or bored with painting... my 'office' is wherever I decide to set up to paint, and everything under the sun and moon is fair game. (Kenn Backhaus)

I will not make any more boring art. (John Baldessari)

Art makes you reinvent the wheel with regularity. If you don't, art gets bored and slips away. (Darby Bannard)

I love the freedom of change because I get bored so easily. (Moncy Barbour)

If I'm away from painting for a week, I get bored. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

I'd rather be BAFFLED than BORED. (Miles G. Batt)

Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore. (Jean Baudrillard)

- Waiting for Godot...
We wait. We are bored... A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. (Samuel Beckett)

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

bore, n. a person who talks when you wish him to listen. (Ambrose Bierce)

The dreadful burden of having nothing to do. (Nicolas Boileau)

That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious. (Nicolas Boileau)

This disease of our age is boredom... The way to combat this is by invention - by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value, I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me. (Alexey Brodovitch)

I feel monotony and death to be almost the same. (Charlotte Bronte)

When it comes to value, that's when we find out why most paintings are boring and others will knock your socks off. (Harley Brown)

What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy? (George H.W. Bush)

If I die prematurely I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

'I'm bored' is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you've seen none percent of. (Louis C.K.)

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)

The first effect of adjusting to other people is that one becomes boring. (Elias Canetti)

I thought that by leaving Aix I should leave behind the boredom that pursues me. Actually I have done nothing but change my abode and the boredom has followed me. (Paul Cezanne)

The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything. (Anton Chekhov)

A yawn is a silent shout. (G. K. Chesterton)

Armed with a paint-box, one cannot be bored, one cannot be left at a loose end, one cannot 'have several days on one's hands.' (Winston Churchill)

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The things to avoid is being a bore to oneself. (Kitty O'Neill Collins)

A typical day is full of anxiety and boredom. Flow experiences provide the flashes of intense living against this dull background. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

- The Notebooks of Edgar Degas, 1858 entry...
Boredom soon overcomes me when I am contemplating nature. (Edgar Degas)

The so-called conscientiousness of the majority of painters is only perfection applied to the art of boring. (Eugene Delacroix)

Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Remember - boredom is the enemy, not some abstract 'failure.' (Timothy Ferriss)

I was attending the University of Alberta. I was going to be a high school teacher, like my parents... It was Canadian history, through the plays of the time. My God, those were boring plays. (Nathan Fillion)

What is it, O Lord, this permanent lassitude that I drag about me? ...Deianira's tunic was no less completely welded to Hercules' back than boredom to my life! It eats into it more slowly, that's all. (Gustave Flaubert)

I am bored painting anything endlessly... I change media and techniques so often I have no consistency... As a result, I do experience failure a lot. (Nina Allen Freeman)

Whenever you squander attention on something that doesn't put your brain through its paces and stimulate change, your mind stagnates a little and life feels dull. (Winifred Gallagher)

Fact is, perfection is boring. (Robert Genn)

There are moments when, faced with our lack of success, I wonder whether we are failures, proud but impotent. One thing reassures me as to our value: the boredom that afflicts us. It is the hall-mark of quality in modern men. (Edmond and Jules De Goncourt)

Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring. (Edward Gorey)

You ought not to be ashamed of being bored. What you ought to be ashamed of is being boring. (Lord Hailsham)

Even a boring occupation can be interesting when your goal is to do it better. (Robert Half)

Every time I think I've touched bottom as far as boredom is concerned, new vistas of ennui open up. (Margaret Halsey)

I never get bored. There isn't enough time in the day for me. (Francoise Hardy)

You are never tired of painting, because you have to set down not what you know already, but what you have just discovered. (William Hazlitt)

If the basic painting structure bores the eye, no amount of color, texture or detail can save the piece from becoming just another ho-hum painting - pleasant, perhaps, but ultimately forgettable. (Jane R. Hofstetter)

If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals. (Lou Holtz)

Boring people are a reflection of boring people. (Douglas Horton)

If you think it's boring, you're boring. (Kristen Innocenti)

Creativity, making art, should never, ever bore the artist. (Cathy Johnson)

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

It's precisely in those moments when I don't know what to do, boredom drives one to try a host of possibilities to either get somewhere or not get anywhere. (Anish Kapoor)

When things get overstated they become boring. (Alex Katz)

- The Subterraneans...
Why did I allow myself to be bored ever in the past and to compensate for it got high or drunk or rages or all the tricks people have because they want anything but serene understanding of just what there is, which is after all so much. (Jack Kerouac)

Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Today I want to start working again in earnest – I'm looking forward to it because doing nothing does become rather boring after a while. (Gustav Klimt)

If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don't get stale or bored. (Dean Koontz)

Artists never seem to get bored with life. (John Kurtz)

The essence of boredom is to be found in the obsessive search for novelty. (George B. Leonard)

Painting bores me like everything else. Unfortunately, painting is one of the activities – it is bound up in the series of activities – that seems to change almost nothing in life, the same habits are always recurring. (Rene Magritte)

Boredom is the thing that regularly arrives between excitements and episodes of meaning: it is as natural as the tides, and in it an artist can drown. (Eric Maisel)

Maybe the reason art seems so irrelevant to so many people is the boredom of the public with all the isms and hype. (H Margret)

I have noticed that after a day of boredom I get more creative, so perhaps our brain needs a rest from time to time. The problem with boredom is that it can give you a bad conscience... (Marianne Mathiasen)

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal. Some of their most esteemed inventions have no other apparent purpose - for example, the dinner party of more than two, the epic poem, and the science of metaphysics. (H. L. Mencken)

A person with friends need never be bored. There is always more to fathom and enjoy in the complexity of others, and always the possibility of finding a way to delight them. (Stephanie Mills)

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

The sheer horror of getting bored! (John Mortimer)

By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed. (Lewis Mumford)

I have never liked the middle ground – the most boring place in the world. (Louise Nevelson)

Against boredom even the gods contend in vain. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Is not life a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? (Friedrich Nietzsche)

You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea. (Earl Nightingale)

A speaker who does not strike oil in ten minutes should stop boring. (Louis Nizer)

It's a sin to be boring. (Valerie Norberry)

Boredom is the effort used in suppressing something negative. (Leonard Orr)

Boredom is the failure of imagination. (Jim Pallas)

It takes a mix of control and a sense of abandon to make art. Plus it's just plain boring to know the exact outcome. (Melanie Peter)

Boredom is a self-inflicted wound. (Eileen Phillips)

A bore is a person not interested in you. (Mary Pettibone Poole)

One sees so many boring paintings which are unsuccessful because the artist has not thought out what he or she wanted to say in the first place. (Ron Ranson)

Learning to love tedium is a matter of re-tuning your expectations so that the event matters less than a sense of the flow of time – or perhaps, rather, an indifference to the slow of time. (Jonathan Romney)

Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. (Rumi)

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since half the sins of mankind are caused by fear of it. (Bertrand Russell)

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)

It's not just a boring exercise in pushing oil paint around a canvas. It's a way of opening a threshold to an exciting new world of vision. (Nelson Shanks)

People get tired of everything, and of nothing sooner than of what they most like. (George Bernard Shaw)

It is fine to have a consistent style and subject ...it is also boring. (Tom Shropshire)

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. (Susan Sontag)

I found out animation is incredibly boring. You draw and draw and draw, and it's only a few seconds done in a week. (Caroll Spinney)

Is it worse to be scared than to be bored, that is the question. (Gertrude Stein)

Boredom is an emptiness filled with insistence. (Leo Stein)

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

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. (Saul Steinberg)

This is the curse of our age, that even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom. (Stendhal)

Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. (Wallace Stevens)

How dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnished, not to shine in use! As though to breathe were life. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Somebody's boring me... I think it's me. (Dylan Thomas)

Boredom is rage spread thin. (Paul Tillich)

I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Boredom: the desire for desires. (Leo Tolstoy)

He is an old bore; even the grave yawns for him. (Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree)

Boredom is part of the discipline of meditation practice. This type of boredom is cool boredom, refreshing boredom... Such boredom seems to be absolutely necessary. (Chogyam Trungpa)

The worst sin, the ultimate sin for me, in anything, is to be bored. (Ted Turner)

The biggest bore is the person who is bored by everyone and everything. (Frank Tyger)

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. (John Updike)

How boring the art world would be if we faithfully painted only what we see. (Curtis Verdun)

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

Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins. (Edith Wharton)

You are my host in that rectangle. You mustn't bore me. Change is the only antidote to boredom. (Edgar A. Whitney)

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy. (Oscar Wilde)

I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore... (Billy Wilder)