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ENNUI
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[ Also see Bores Dullness Energy Idleness Inactivity Indifference Sloth Stupidity ]

I am tired of looking on what is,
  One might as well see beauty never more,
    As look upon it with an empty eye.
      I would this world were over. I am tired.
      - Philip James Bailey

Ambition itself is not so reckless of human life as ennui; clemency is a favorite attribute of the former; but ennui has the taste of a cannibal.
      - George Bancroft

Ennui is an expressive word invented in France.
      - George Bancroft

Ennui is the desire of activity without the fit means of gratifying the desire.
      - George Bancroft

The curse of the great is ennui.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Ennui is a growth of English root, though nameless in our language.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

For Ennui is a growth of English root,
  Though nameless in our language:--we retort
    The fact for words, and let the French translate
      That awful Yawn which Sleep cannot abate.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

A French word for an English malady.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

As the gout seems privileged to attack the bodies of the wealthy, so ennui seems to exert a similar prerogative over their minds.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Ennui, perhaps, has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The victims of ennui paralyze all the grosser feelings by excess, and torpify all the finer by disuse and inactivity. Disgusted with this world, and indifferent about another, they at last lay violent hands upon themselves, and assume no small credit for the sang froid with which they meet death. But, alas! such beings can scarcely be said to die, for they have never truly lived.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Ennui shortens life, and bereaves the day of its light.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This ennui, for which we Saxons had no name,--this word of France, has got a terrific significance. It shortens life, and bereaves the day of its light.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do pity unlearned gentlemen on a rainy day.
      - 2nd Viscount Falkland, Lucius Cary

Ennui is the rust of the mind born of idleness. It is unused tools that corrode.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

It is only those who never think at all, or else who have accustomed themselves to blood invariably on abstract ideas, that ever feel ennui.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

They are mockery all--these skies, these skies,
  Their untroubled depth of blue-
    They are mockery all--those eyes, those eyes,
      Which seem so warm and true;
        Each tranquil star in the one that lies,
          Each meteor glance that at random flies
            The other's lashes through!
              They are mockery all, these flowers of spring,
                Which her airs so softly woo--
                  And the love to which we would madly cling,
                    Ay, it is mockery too!
                      The winds are false which the perfume stir,
                        And the looks deceive to which we sue;
                          And love but leads to the sepulchre,
                            Which flowers spring to strew.
      - Charles Fenno Hoffman

The gloomy and the resentful are always found among those who have nothing to do or who do nothing.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

You cannot give me an instance of any man who is permitted to lay out his own time contriving not to have tedious hours.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Social life is filled with doubts and vain aspirings; solitude, when the imagination is dethroned, is turned to weariness and ennui.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

I have also seen the world, and after long experience have discovered that ennui is our greatest enemy, and remunerative labor our most lasting friend.
      - Justus Moser

Ennui was born one day of uniformity.
      - Antoine Houdart de la Motte

There is nothing so insupportable to man as to be in entire repose, without passion, occupation, amusement, or application. Then it is that he feels his own nothingness, isolation, insignificance, dependent nature, powerless, emptiness. Immediately there issue from his soul ennui, sadness, chagrin, vexation, despair.
      - Blaise Pascal

A scholar has no ennui.
  [Ger., Ein Gelehrter hat keine Langweile.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (8)


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