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Dullness

Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

What a comfort a dull but kindly person is, to be sure, at times! A ground-glass shade over a gas-lamp does not bring more solace to our dazzled eyes than such a one to our minds.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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