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Monday, 5 March 2007

Entered into this day, an agreement between politicians such that they covenant with each other a common ancestry of boredom. Per Kierkegaard, God was bored and created Adam. They were bored together, and next came Eve, Cain, Able, Politics and the rest of the neigh-bore-hood?

  • A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Boredom is 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

  • 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

  • Boredom: the desire for desires.
    • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.
    • Jean Baudrillard

  • 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.
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up

  • Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
    • Virginia Woolf

  • Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
    • Søren Kierkegaard

  • Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
    • Emile Cioran, History and Utopia

  • It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
    • Wallace Stevens

  • Happiness is the art of avoiding boredom.
    • William Rafti

  • Man is the only animal that can be bored.
    • Erich Fromm, The Sane Society (1955)

  • Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.
    • Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

  • The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
    • Cyril Parkinson

  • The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
    • Ellen Parr

  • The life of the creative man is led, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
    • Susan Sontag

  • The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
    • Arthur Schopenhauer

  • We often forgive those who bore us, but never those whom we bore.
    • François Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

  • Your true traveller finds boredom agreeable rather 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.
    • Aldous Huxley

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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