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- Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
- Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
- A finished person is a boring person.
- Anna Quindlen (1953 - )
- A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.
- Bert Leston Taylor, The So-Called Human Race (1922)
- All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
- Chuck Palahniuk (1962 - ), Invisible Monsters, 1999
- The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967), (attributed)
- Someone's boring me. I think it's me.
- Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953), in Rayner Heppenstall, Four Absentees (1960)
- Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
- Frank Moore Colby
- Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.
- George Saunders, last words
- A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
- Gian Vincenzo Gravina (1664 - 1718)
- The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
- The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.
- Henry Kissinger (1923 - )
- A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.
- John Updike (1932 - ), Assorted Prose (1965)
- The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.
- Nancy Astor (1879 - 1964)
- Every hero becomes a bore at last.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
- The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778), Discours en vers sur l'homme, 1737
- The secret of being boring is to say everything.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
- Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "King John", Act 3 scene 4
- [S]he refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.
- Zelda Fitzgerald, 1922