"Life is islands of ecstasy in an ocean of ennui, and after the age of thirty, land is seldom seen"
-- Luke Rhinehart
"Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair."
"Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring."
-- Edward Gorey
"I once inscribed the word 'ennui' backwards on my forehead, and I was so bored that I stared at it in the mirror for hours. And at the end of that time, I felt like Sheryl Crow and I looked like Aleister Crowley."
-- Jarod Kintz
"Give me lust, baby. Flash. Give me malice. Flash. Give me detached existentialist ennui. Flash. Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism."
-- Chuck Palahniuk
Tea leaves thwart those who court catastrophe, designing futures where nothing will occur: cross the gypsy’s palm and yawning she will still predict no perils left to conquer. Jeopardy is jejune now: naïve knight finds ogres out-of-date and dragons unheard of, while blasé princesses indict tilts at terror as downright absurd. The beast in Jamesian grove will never jump, compelling hero’s dull career to crisis; and when insouciant angels play God’s trump, while bored arena crowds for once look eager, hoping toward havoc, neither pleas nor prizes shall coax from doom’s blank door lady or tiger.”
-- Sylvia Plath