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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Dullness
 
  The worst of it is, dullness is catching.
Douglas Jerrold.    
  1
        Glory and gain the industrious tribe provoke;
And gentle dullness ever loves a joke.
Pope.    
  2
  There are some heads which have no windows, and the day can never strike from above; nothing enters from heavenward.
Joubert.    
  3
  For of a truth stupidity is strong, most strong, as the poet Schiller sings, “Against stupidity the very gods fight invictorious.”
Carlyle.    
  4
  The head of dullness, unlike the tail of the torpedo, loses nothing of the benumbing and lethargizing influence, by reiterated discharges.
Colton.    
  5
  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.
Holmes.    
  6
  A dull man is so near a dead man that he is hardly to be ranked in the list of the living; and as he is not to be buried whilst he is half alive, so he is as little to be employed whilst he is half dead.
Saville.    
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