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Boredom is a reactive state of emotion that interprets the condition of one's environment as wearingly dull due to repetitive, non-existent or tedious stimuli. Boredom stems from a lack of interesting things to see, hear, or do (physically or intellectually) when not in the mood of "doing anything."


  • Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
    • Emile Cioran, Histoire et utopie ("History and Utopia") (1960)
  • Boredom helps one to make decisions.
  • Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.
    • Guy Debord, The Incomplete Works of the Situationist International, The Bad Old Days Will End (Nov. 1963)
  • Boredom is not an end product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You've got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.
  • But her life was as cold as an attic facing north; and boredom, like a silent spider, was weaving its web in the shadows, in every corner of her heart.
  • Man is the only animal that can be bored.
  • Idleness, then, is so far from being the root of all evil that it is rather the true good. Boredom is the root of evil; it is that which must be held off.
  • Many felt there was something not quite right about a man who professed himself so profoundly bored with the subject of sport.
    • Neil McKenna, of Oscar Wilde, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde, 2005, p. 4
  • In principio, dunque, era la noia, volgarmente chiamata caos. Iddio, annoiandosi della noia, creò la terra, il cielo, l'acqua, gli animali, le piante, Adamo ed Èva; i quali ultimi, annoiandosi a loro volta in paradiso, mangiarono il frutto proibito. Iddio si annoiò di loro e li cacciò dall'Eden.
    • Translation: In the beginning was boredom, commonly called chaos. God, bored with boredom, created the earth, the sky, the waters, the animals, the plants, Adam and Eve; and the latter, bored in their turn in paradise, ate the forbidden fruit. God became bored with them and drove them out of Eden.
    • Alberto Moravia, La noia (Milano: Bompiani, 1960) pp. 10-11; Angus Davidson (trans.) Boredom (New York: New York Review of Books, 1999) p. 8.
  • Nous pardonnons souvent à ceux qui nous ennuient, mais nous ne pouvons pardonner à ceux que nous ennuyons.
    • Translation: We often forgive those who bore us, but never those whom we bore.
    • François Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims, Maxim 304 (1665–1678)
  • Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
    • Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness, Ch. 4: Boredom and Excitement (1930)
  • Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

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