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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Bore:  A man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.  ~Gian Vincenzo Gravina

Some people are so boring that they make you waste an entire day in five minutes.  ~Jules Renard

You must be careful about giving any drink whatsoever to a bore. A lit-up bore is the worst in the world. ~David Cecil

We all denounce bores, but while we do so, let us remember that there is nobody who isn't a bore to somebody.  ~J.A. Spender

There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds.  ~James Russell Lowell

One out of three hundred and twelve Americans is a bore... and a healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.  ~John Updike, Assorted Prose

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.  ~Frank Moore Colby

Everyone is a bore to someone.  That is unimportant.  The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.  ~Gerald Brenan

A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.  ~Bert Leston Taylor, The So-Called Human Race

When I have, with infinite pains, concealed from people how they bored me, I have sometimes felt angry with them for not guessing it. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.  ~H.L. Mencken

Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.  ~William Dean Howells

Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.  ~Don Marquis

The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrational bipeds who hurt only themselves.  ~Maria Edgeworth, Thoughts on Bores

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

Labor Day is a holiday honoring those who work for a living.  Laborious Day is a lesser known holiday honoring those who cannot stop talking about their work.  ~Lemony Snicket

The only thing worse than being bored is being boring.  ~Jean Baudrillard

Bore, n.  A person who talks when you wish him to listen.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

The worst thing about a bore is not that he won't stop talking, but that he won't let you stop listening.  ~Author Unknown

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