quotes tagged with 'boredom'

Pangloss, Candide, and Martin, as they were returning to the little farm, met with a good-looking old man, who was taking the air at his door, under an alcove formed of the boughs of orange trees. Pangloss, who was as inquisitive as he was disputative, asked him what was the name of the mufti who was lately strangled. "I cannot tell," answered the good old man; "I never knew the name of any mufti, or vizier breathing. I am entirely ignorant of the event you speak of; I presume that in general such as are concerned in public affairs sometimes come to a miserable end; and that they deserve it: but I never inquire what is doing at Constantinople;
I am contented with sending thither the produce of my garden, which I cultivate with my own hands."

After saying these words, he invited the strangers to come into his house. His two daughters and two sons presented them with divers sorts of sherbet of their own making; besides caymac, heightened with the peels of candied citrons, oranges, lemons, pineapples, pistachio nuts, and Mocha coffee unadulterated with the bad coffee of Batavia or the American islands. After which the two daughters of this good Mussulman perfumed the beards of Candide, Pangloss, and Martin. "You must certainly have a vast estate," said Candide to the Turk.

"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us three great evils-idleness, vice, and want." Candide, as he was returning home, made profound reflections on the Turk's discourse. "This good old man," said he to Pangloss and Martin, "appears to me to have chosen for himself a lot much preferable to that of the six Kings with whom we had the honor to sup." "Human grandeur," said Pangloss, "is very dangerous, if we believe the testimonies of almost all philosophers; for we find Eglon, King of Moab, was assassinated by Aod; Absalom was hanged by the hair of his head, and run through with three darts; King Nadab, son of Jeroboam, was slain by Baaza; King Ela by Zimri; Okosias by Jehu; Athaliah by Jehoiada; the Kings Jehooiakim, Jeconiah, and Zedekiah, were led into captivity: I need not tell you what was the fate of Croesus, Astyages, Darius, Dionysius of Syracuse, Pyrrhus, Perseus, Hannibal, Jugurtha, Ariovistus, Caesar, Pompey, Nero, Otho, Vitellius, Domitian, Richard II of England, Edward II, Henry VI, Richard Ill, Mary
Stuart, Charles I, the three Henrys of France, and the Emperor Henry IV."

"Neither need you tell me," said Candide, "that we must take care of our garden." "You are in the right," said Pangloss; "for when man was put into the garden of Eden, it was with an intent to dress it; and this proves that man was not born to be idle."
"Work then without disputing," said Martin; "it is the only way to render life supportable."
Author: Voltaire, Source: Candide, p.86-87Saved by mlsscaress in happiness work boredom vice wisdom garden necessity idle pleaures gardenofeden 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer's paradise, a hunter's Valhalla, an escapist's Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just 'home.' It is all these things but one thing - it is never dull.

From the time I arrived in British east Africa at the indifferent age of four and went through the barefoot state of early youth hunting wild pig with the Nandi, later training race-horses for a living, and still later scouting Tanganyika and the waterless bush country between the Tana and Athi Rivers, by aeroplane, for elephant, I remained so happily provincial I was unable to discuss boredom of being alive with any intelligence until I had gone to London and lived there a year. Boredom, like hookworm is endemic.
Author: Beryl Markham, Source: West With The Night, 1942 North Point Press. pp. 8-9Saved by mlsscaress in life society boredom home dull provincial endemic stimulation alive adventure 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Women as 'nurturers and teachers'


Granddaughters, do not be deceived in your quest to find happiness and an identity of your own. Entreating voices may tell you that what you have experienced in your own homes—that which you have seen your mothers and grandmothers do—is old-fashioned, unchallenging, boring, and drudgery. It may be old-fashioned and perhaps routine; at times it is drudgery. But your mothers and grandmothers have sung a song that expresses the highest love and the noblest of womanly feelings. They have been nurturers and teachers.

Author: James E. Faust, Source: Saved by mlsscaress in happiness challenge experience boredom noble love womanhood teacher home mothers identity routine oldfashioned drudgery nurturer 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Boredom: the desire for desires.
Author: Leo Tolstoy, Source: Anna KareninaSaved by friedmoon in boredom literature desire tolstoy 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche, Source: unknownSaved by friedmoon in god humor boredom nietzsche poets 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Work relieves us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and want.
Author: French Proverb, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in work boredom vice want 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Author: Voltaire, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in work boredom vice need productivity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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