|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, thats the very next step to being dull.|
AddisonThe Drummer. Act IV. 6. (1715).
|With various readings stored his empty skull,|
Learnd without sense, and venerably dull.
ChurchillThe Rosciad. L. 591.
| I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.|
CongreveOld Bachelor. Act II. 2. (1693).
|The fool of nature stood with stupid eyes|
And gaping mouth, that testified surprise.
DrydenCymon and Iphigenia. L. 107.
|La faute en est aux dieux, qui la firent si bête.|
The fault rests with the gods, who have made her so stupid.
GressetMéchant. II. 7.
| Why, Sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.|
Samuel Johnson. Of Sheridan. Boswells Life of Johnson. (1763).
| He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dulness in others.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1783).
| The impenetrable stupidity of Prince George (son-in-law of James II.) served his turn. It was his habit, when any news was told him, to exclaim, Est il possible?Is it possible?|
MacaulayHistory of England. Vol. I. Ch. IX.
|The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,|
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
PopeEssay on Criticism. L. 612.
| Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.|
Against stupidity the very gods
Themselves contend in vain.
SchillerMaid of Orleans. Act III. Sc. 6.
|Schadum die Leut! Sind sonst wackre Brüder.|
Aber das denkt, wie ein Seifensieder.
A pity about the people! they are brave enough comrades, but they have heads like a soapboilers.
SchillerWallensteins Lager. XI. 347.
|Peter was dull; he was at first|
Dull,Oh, so dullso very dull!
Whether he talked, wrote, or rehearsed
Still with his dulness was he cursed
Dullbeyond all conceptiondull.
ShelleyPeter Bell the Third. Pt. VII. XI.
| Personally, I have a great admiration for stupidity.|
Oscar WildeAn Ideal Husband. Act II.