A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.A friend once asked me rather aggravatedly as to what a mortal could possibly do to keep boredom at bay. It's exasperating, really! And after this particular quote where Friedrich Nietzsche talks about divine boredom, I just started to picture boredom as this gigantic, ominous black hole, which is really very difficult to evade. I know that there are some great people in history whose quotes have tried to provide some cure for boredom―a state which most lexicons attempt to define as a general state of utter mental dissatisfaction, which at times manifests itself through physical restlessness.
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.―Voltaire
Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.―Le Duc de Lévis in 'Mémoires'
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.―Dorothy Parker in 'Thanks, Kaitlin'
The cure for boredom is a good book.―T. Mike Runger
Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.―R. I. Fitzhenry
But, even then I think these are only momentary cures for something so unvanquishable and untamable as boredom. I have met some of the choicest of chronic workaholics in my life and some of them were so bored that they seemed almost dead at the neural level. So evidently, work cannot shield you against boredom. Then comes curiosity and happiness. Now, I do not need to be a high level philosopher to deduce that happiness is short-lived and curiosity is a very temporary state of mind given that it is extinguished once you have the answer for the question that fired it up in the first place. As for uncertainty, well, one does get used to it, isn't it? So, what do you really do when you run out of things to do and boredom begins to envelop you, which it eventually, most definitely does? It's like Stendhal puts it:
This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.
And I couldn't agree more with French sociologist, Jean Baudrillard where he so aptly describes being bored with the following words.
Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.
So, in order to sedate boredom for sometime before it wakes up again and becomes the abject reality of your life, read the following penned thoughts on boredom and understand the nature of what all men are trying to overcome as a part of their eternal struggle.
Famous Quotes on Boredom
The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century. Boredom slays more of existence than war.―Norman Mailer
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.―Thomas Szasz
Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.―Mignon McLaughlin in 'The Second Neurotic's Notebook'
Against boredom even the gods contend in vain.―Friedrich Nietzsche
Boredom is an emptiness filled with insistence.―Leo Stein
Boredom flourishes too, when you feel safe. It's a symptom of security.―Eugene Ionesco
Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom.―Bertrand Russell
It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.―Quentin Crisp
Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.―C. C. Colton
Boredom will always remain the greatest enemy of school disciplines. If we remember that children are bored, not only when they don't happen to be interested in the subject, or when the teacher doesn't make it interesting, but also when certain working conditions are out of focus with their basic needs, then we can realize what a great contributor to discipline problems boredom really is. Research has shown that boredom is closely related to frustration and that the effect of too much frustration is invariably irritability, withdrawal, rebellious opposition, or aggressive rejection of the whole show.―Fritz Redl in 'When We Deal With Children'
Funny Quotes on Boredom
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.―Evelyn Waugh
Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.―Cecil Beaton
A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.―Bert Leston Taylor
We often forgive those who bore us, but never those whom we bore.―François Duc de La Rochefoucauld in 'Maxims'
In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.―Richard Bach
When I get real bored, I like to drive down town and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving.―Steven Wright
I don't think suicide is so terrible. Some rainy winter Sundays when there's a little boredom, you should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you're always making a choice.―Lina Wertmuller
Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep.―Walker Percy
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.―Henry Kissinger
Witty Quotes on Boredom
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.―Arthur Schopenhauer
Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.―Virginia Woolf
One must, in one's life, make a choice between boredom and suffering.―Madame de Stael
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 in 'The Conquest of Happiness'
Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination.―Lin Yutang
Boredom is rage spread thin.―Paul Tillich
Writer's block is the greatest side effect of boredom.―Jason Zebehazy
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.―Anatole France
Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.―Søren Kierkegaard
Idle people are often bored, and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.―Renata Adler
When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.―Eric Hoffer
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
You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.―Earl Nightingale
When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom.―Walter Annenberg
Running through things because you are familiar with them, breeds routine and this is the seed of boredom.―James Galway
I am never bored anywhere: being bored is an insult to oneself.―Jules Renard
There's a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings. I don't understand, personally, how you can be bored. I can understand how you can be depressed, but I just don't understand boredom.―Dustin Hoffman
A scholar knows no boredom.―Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.―Wallace Stevens
Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?―Raoul Vaneigem.
I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.―Isaac Asimov
Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?―Emily Cioran in 'History and Utopia',
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.―Virginia Woolf
Your true traveler 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.―Aldous Huxley
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 in 'The Crack-Up'
So, at the end of it, all I can tell you is that I have often eluded boredom with optimal procrastination. And guess what? I found this awesome saying which is not only one of the best procrastination quotes that I've discovered, but it makes for the perfect ending of this article as well,
Procrastination avoids boredom; one never has the feeling that there is nothing important to do.
The best solution for boredom ever!!!