Bores

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The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrational bipeds who hurt only themselves.
- Maria Edgeworth (1833)

Bores are people who inspire boredom, usually through a lack of social skills and an inability to understand that their topics of conversation are of no interest to their listeners.

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  • Society is now one polished horde,
    Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
  • The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrational bipeds who hurt only themselves.
    • Maria Edgeworth (1833) , Thoughts on Bores. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • Got the ill name of augurs, because they were bores.
    • James Russell Lowell (1848), A Fable for Critics, line 55. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • L'ennui naquit un jour de l'uniformité.
    • One day ennui was born from uniformity.
    • Antoine Houdar de la Motte (1719) Les Amis trop d'accord, Fables Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • That old hereditary bore,
    The steward.
    • Samuel Rogers (1822) Italy, A Character, line 13. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • Again I hear that creaking step!—
    He's rapping at the door!
    Too well I know the boding sound
    That ushers in a bore.
    • John Godfrey Saxe (1849) My Familiar. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • He says a thousand pleasant things,—
    But never says "Adieu."
    • John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) My Familiar. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • O, he's as tedious
    As is a tir'd horse, a railing wife;
    Worse than a smoky house; I had rather live
    With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,
    Than feed on cates, and have him talk to me,
    In any summer-house in Christendom.

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