But you are dull, nothing comes nimbly from you; you dance like a plumber's daughter and deserve two thousand pound in lead to your marriage, and not in goldsmith's ware.thomas middleton: 1613 A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (published1630), act1, sc.1.
The age is dull and mean. Men creep, Not walk.john greenleaf whittier: 1855 'Lines, Inscribed to Friends UnderArrest forTreason Against the Slave Power', stanza1.
What a dull, insipid thing is a billet-doux written in cold blood, after the heat of the business is over!Sir George Etherege: 1676 The Man of Mode or, Sir Fopling Flutter, act1, sc.1.
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.Dean Gooderham Acheson: 1970 In the Observer, 21 Jun.
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.Charles Robert Darwin: 1860 The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, vol.1.
I have the satiric temperament: when I am laughing at anyone I am generally rather amusing, but when I am praising anyone, I am always deadly dull.Sir (Henry) Max(imilian) Beerbohm: 1898 In The Saturday Review, 28 May.
He has all the qualities that go to the making of a leader of the Conservative Party. He is not stupid, but he is very dull. He is not eloquent, but he talks well. He is not honest, politically, but he is most evangelical.He has a Beckett little money, but not much. He always conforms to the party policy.1935 Commenting on Sir Samuel Hoare's appointment as Foreign Secretary.
A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger isalwaysthat hewill not recognize when he is dull.Louis Stanton Auchincloss: 1965 Pioneers and Caretakers: A Study of Nine American Women Novelists.
Dull. To make dictionaries is dull work.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1755 A Dictionary of the English Language.
American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.edward albee: Address to New York Cultural League (6 May 1969)
It is seen as the application of a systematic “scientific method” involving wearing a white coat and being dull. I feel that too many young people come into science with this view, and that too many fields degenerate into the kind of work which results: automatic crank-turning and data-collecting of the sort which Kuhn calls “normal science” and Rutherford “stamp-collecting”. In fact, the creation of new science is a creative act, literally, and people who are not creative are not very good at it.phillip warren anderson: in Some ideas on the Aesthetics of Science, address presented by Philip W. Anderson as the Nishina Memorial Lecture at the 50th Anniversary Seminar of the Faculty of Science&Technology, at Keio University (Tokyo), on May 18, 1989.
Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as primitive, dull and dimwitted. In fact, of course, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and very sophisticated.david attenborough: Opening words
What things have we seenDone at the Mermaid! heard words that have beenSo nimble and so full of subtile flameAs if that every one from whence they cameHad meant to put his whole wit in a jest,And resolved to live a fool the restOf his dull life.Francis Beaumont: Letter to Ben Jonson (1605), verses prefacing Jonson’s Volpone, as reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
[Vathek] has, in parts, been called, but to some judgments, never is, dull: it is certainly in parts, grotesque, extravagant and even nasty. But Beckford could plead sufficient "local colour" for it, and a contrast, again almost Shakespearean, between the flickering farce atrocities of the beginning and the sombre magnificence of the end. Beckford's claims, in fact, rest on the half-score or even half-dozen pages towards the end: but these pages are hard to parallel in the later literature of prose fiction.william thomas beckford: George Saintsbury, in A. W. Ward and A. R. Waller (eds.) The Cambridge History of English Literature (New York: G. P. Putnam, 1907-21) vol. 11, p. 321.
Each moment of the happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.aphra behn: The Younger Brother, Act III, sc. ii (published posthumously 1696)
I know, if anyone does — all research workers know — how much is missed that really matters because reports have to be written in officialese. They have to be, because a lot of us can't take anything seriously unless you make it dull for them.Edmund Clerihew Bentley: Chapter XXI: "Aunt Judith Knits"
Alas, this industrialized twelve-tone horse, dull on the outside and empty inside, constantly being perfected and dragged to a new Troy in shadow of an ideological war long since fought and won by responsible minds like Schoenberg, with neither systems nor scholarship for armor!luciano berio: "The Composer on His Work : Meditation on a Twelve-Tone Horse", in Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music : A Continuing Symposium (1996) edited by Richard Kostelanetz and Joseph Darby
What can he mean by coming among us? He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.james boswell: Spoken by Samuel Foote about a "law-Lord" (1783)
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart’s blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.f. h. bradley: No. 25 (Aphorisms (1930))
The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.pearl buck: As quoted in Know Your Limits — Then Ignore Them (2000) by John Mason, p. 46
Men changed whatever they set hand to. They wrought their magic on beasts, to make them dull and patient. They brought fire and the reek of smoke to the dales. They brought lines and order to the curve of the hills. Most of all they brought the chill of iron, to sweep away the ancient shadows.But they took the brightness too. It was inevitable, because that brightness was measured against that dark. Men piled stone on stone and made warm homes, and tamed some humbler, quieter things, but the darkest burrowed deep and the brightest went away, heartbroken.Save one, whose patience or whose pride was more than all the rest.So one place, one untouched place in all the world remained, a rather smallish forest near the sea and near humankind, keeping a time different than elsewhere.c. j. cherryh: The Dreamstone, Book One : The Gruagach, Ch. 1 : Of Fish and Fire
I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.william congreve: Act II, scene vii.
Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?mason cooley: City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection (1994)
In a word, the home is a little dull. When you have got a woman in a box, and you pay rent on the box, her relationship to you insensibly changes character. It loses the fine excitement of democracy. It ceases to be companionship, for companionship is only possible in a democracy. It is no longer a sharing of life together—it is a breaking of life apart. Half a life—cooking, clothes, and children; half a life—business, politics, and baseball. It doesn’t make much difference which is the poorer half. Either half, when it comes to life, is very near to none at all.Of course, this artificial distinction does not strictly obtain in any particular marriage. There is an attempt to break it down. It is an honourable attempt. But our civilization is nevertheless built on that distinction, In order to break down that distinction utterly, it will be necessary to break down all the codes and restrictions and prejudices that keep women out of the great world. It is in the great world that a man finds his sweetheart, and in that narrow little box outside of the world that he loses her. When she has left that box and gone back into the great world, a citizen and a worker, then with surprise and delight he will discover her again, and never let her go.Dell, Floyd (1914). "Feminism for Men". The Masses.
Appearance is everything. I find that a view is secondary. Even in those apartments on the East River, it's dull, looking out at those little boats.robert denning: Cynthia Zarin, , "The More the Merrier — Robert Denning's Extravagance of Color and Pattern", Architectural Digest (April 2002), v. 59 #4, pp. 146-152.