Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Tedium Vitae

July 27, 2009

“Boredom separates us from animals, which may be unstimulated, but never quite bored. We may be bored to death, but we also know instinctively that boredom is itself an intimation of mortality, a threatening shadow of the approaching nothingness.” Ben MacIntyre, The Times

An article full of interesting tidbits.  They don’t add up to much besides resignation that boredom is inevitable, so let’s just get it over with.  Includes a nice quote from a poet, Joseph Brodsky: “When hit by boredom, let yourself be crushed by it; submerge, hit bottom. The sooner you hit bottom, the faster you surface.”

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Escapism

July 27, 2009

“In exchange for my $15, I have bought the confidence that next month, my $15 will buy me the same amount of unlimited time of not having to think at all.”– on World of Warcraft.  Toph Stuart, actionbutton.net

“Do you think it’s a coincidence that college is when many Americans do their most serious fucking and falling-down drinking and generally ecstatic Dionysian-type reveling?  It’s not.  College students are adolescents, and they’re terrified, and they’re dealing with their terror in a distinctively US way.  Those naked boys hanging upside-down out of their frat house’s windows on Friday night are simply trying to buy a few hours’ escape from the grim adult stuff that any decent school has forced them to think about all week.” – David Foster Wallace, Some Remarks on Kafka’s Funniness