Top 140 Dull Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Dull Quotes from famous people such as Helen Keller, William Bernbach, Francois Nars, Anne Enright, John Oldham, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Helen Keller
Just because your ad looks good is no insurance that it will get looked at. How many people do you know who are impeccably groomed… but dull?
William Bernbach
I think less is more when it comes to make-up; this really helps achieve a lighter complexion. Heavy make-up creates a canvas and can dull the skin.
Francois Nars
There’s no such thing as a life that is not normal, or, there’s no such thing as a life that is not abnormal. We all have amazing lives; we all have very dull lives.
Anne Enright
While some no other cause for life can give, but a dull habitude to live.
John Oldham
The fear of losing is always there, but you mustn’t let that fear dull your desire to win.
Thiago Silva
I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
Heinrich Heine
If my edge is dull, my sword is dull, and I don’t want to fight another guy whose sword is dull. If you’ve got two steel swords going back and forth hitting each other, what’s gonna happen? Both of them are going to get sharper. Everybody that’s in the industry has lost their edge.
Kendrick Lamar
The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
C. S. Lewis
Due to my hectic work schedule, I hardly have enough sleep, and my skin tends to look dull. Facial masks are my savior, as it helps to brighten and hydrate my skin.
Park Shin-hye
In the winter, things are dead and dull, but then there is an explosion of life. That’s what He promises people who believe in His Son. That’s what all the Robertsons are banking on.
Si Robertson
When you are doing a show, it can get really dull. You are sitting so long while they set up the lights, then you say a couple of lines, then they tear down the lights again. At least stunts are something that uses your physical energy a great deal.
Yvonne Craig
Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.
J. Paul Getty
It’s just very dull. Talking about yourself and about something that you’ve got less interest in than you had, because you’ve always moved on to something else.
Rupert Graves
Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending.
Karl Marx
If I make a happy, happy movie one day, I’ll think it’s dull.
Gaspar Noe
You can have meaning, accomplishment, engagement and good relationships, even if you are dull on the positive affect side.
Martin Seligman
Friendly Fires were dull, and I wouldn’t really sit down and listen to Hot Chip.
Craig Revel Horwood
A writer’s life suits me. It’s fairly, well, other people might think it was actually rather dull, but that’s fine because I feel that my imagination is enough to kind of keep me happy.
Ronald Frame
I think I’m dull. I would rather watch other people.
Mia Kirshner
Unlike the time sink of binge-watching a TV series, podcasts actually made me more efficient. Practically every dull activity – folding laundry, applying makeup – became tolerable when I did it while listening to a country singer describing his hardscrabble childhood, or a novelist defending her open marriage.
Pamela Druckerman
With dates I like to cater a girl. We do whatever she likes. If she was open to what I wanted to do, it probably wouldn’t be a dull date, because I am a jock.
Chris Brown
No one wants to see or read about a dull subject. I don’t consider myself a dull subject.
Jayne Mansfield
Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
W. Somerset Maugham
I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.
Hilaire Belloc
Mental health is seen as a massive drag to have to write about – worthy, dull. Something you should ‘have’ to read / write about.
Caitlin Moran
I watch people who are not driven by creativity any more, and I think how dull it must be to produce the same kind of thing. If you don’t feel you’re reaching something new, then don’t do it.
George Michael
If you tell the truth you get into trouble, and that’s why politicians are extremely dull.
Rachel Johnson
No one in my family was creative. One of my sisters went to a university, and pretty much, most of my siblings live a basic and dull lifestyle.
Kevin Abstract
Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?
Mason Cooley
I love those preliminary conversations about who a character is. You try on wigs, shoes, and clothes. It’s preferable when it’s not about looking pretty. It can get a little dull to just be cute.
Rachel McAdams
I've often stood silent at a party for hours listening

I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.
Marilyn Monroe
I’m actually a rather dull man.
Keith Allen
Angry or not. It’s a human emotion. But you can’t walk around being angry all the time. What a dull person you’d have to be!
Octavia Spencer
I worry sometimes that I’m a bit moralistic; always writing about men who are learning to grow up, not be so self-absorbed, selfish or badly behaved. I wonder if that’s dull and liberal and wimpy? I should probably write something that celebrates wickedness.
David Nicholls
I was pleasantly disappointed on entering Bohemia. Instead of a dull, uninteresting country, as I expected, it is a land full of the most lovely scenery. There is every thing which can gratify the eye – high blue mountains, valleys of the sweetest pastoral look and romantic old ruins.
Bayard Taylor
I love those preliminary conversations about who a character is. You try on wigs, shoes and clothes. It’s preferable when it’s not about looking pretty. It can get a little dull to just be cute. We talk about things like, maybe my character can’t afford these Christian Louboutins.
Rachel McAdams
The thing about local government is they want to hear what local people think, but for the most part, their systems are so long, dull and bureaucratic that people only get involved when there’s an issue they really care about.
Konnie Huq
Lame blades can dull relatively quickly, so after slashing several loaves the blade won’t slice through the dough with tremendous ease. (When this happens, don’t throw it away – it’s still sharp enough to score duck or pork skin, or shave paper-thin slices of garlic and chives, like a hot knife through butter).
Claire Saffitz
The way I approach any role, whether it’s comedy or drama, I like to look for the truth first. I think comedy for the sake of comedy wears dull pretty quickly. You have to ground the character in reality first and allow the audience to sympathize, emphasize and be more invested.
Matt McGorry
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Alfred Hitchcock
Something that I’ve always been. Always lively. I don’t want to be dull.
Craig Sager
Despite what people say about my major film roles, I’m not a dull or monotonous woman searching for self-identity.
Monica Vitti
I generally find fiction without some move to the weird, less imaginative, dull, prosaic. Not all of it, of course, but a lot of it. I suppose it’s just a question of taste.
Ellen Datlow
If I wasn’t an actress and I wasn’t Stifler’s mom, my life would be so dull.
Jennifer Coolidge
Some friends think I’m dull now. But I think it’s great that I’m no longer trying to make everyone laugh in the pub.
Greg Davies
I’m dull.
Fred MacMurray
The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
Raymond Chandler
Somebody must always be doing something new, or life would get very dull.
Ninette de Valois
I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
J. R. R. Tolkien
The most fascinating powers don’t mean a thing if the guy’s poorly motivated or dull, and the most generic powers won’t hurt a well-motivated character. Personality and motivation are what make Magneto, Magneto and not Cosmic Boy. The powers work for him, but it’s his motivation that makes him the character he is.
Kurt Busiek
The language has got to be fully alive – I can’t bear dull, flaccid writing myself and I don’t see why any reader should put up with it.
Helen Dunmore
Suddenly, at about ten o’clock, a dull thud sounded somewhere far away from us, and simultaneously we saw a small white round cloud about half a mile ahead of us where the shrapnel had exploded. The battle had begun.
Fritz Kreisler
If it hadn’t been for record people like Ralph Peer, the Chess brothers, and Alan Lomax, then life would’ve been unbelievably dull, and I would’ve been sacking groceries somewhere and probably, at this point, running a little 7-Eleven down by the airport.
Ry Cooder
I think a lot of the dull parts of first drafts come from a kind of over-managing, intrusive writer who wants to direct traffic. The idea of taking out the parts that the reader could infer is very liberating, and it’s weirdly part of radicalizing your work: it allows you to go to new places fast.
Meg Wolitzer
Philadelphia merely seems dull because it’s next to exciting Camden, New Jersey.
Robert Anton Wilson
Akshay Kumar is more than a son to me. What I love about him is that there is never a dull moment with him. He is always up to some nonsense.
Dimple Kapadia
As a writer, you’re making a pact with the reader; you’re saying, ‘Look, I know and you know that if this book was really a murder investigation, it would be a thousand pages long and would be very dull, and you would be very unhappy with the ending.’
Mark Billingham
When you think about such fine actors as Maggie Smith or Michael Gambon, they do all mediums. I think it would be quite sad and a bit dull just to have to stick to one. I like all of them.
Keeley Hawes
Baseball is dull only to dull minds.
Red Barber
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
Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.
Edna Ferber
I feel dull when I am unable to see my mother for long.

I feel dull when I am unable to see my mother for long. So, when I am in Hyderabad, I spend time with her.
I reveled in the most basic rules and techniques that are the foundation of professional cooking. For example, it is essential to use a sharp knife: the sharper the knife, the more fluid and precise your work and the less likely you are to get hurt. Dull knives are a danger – they slip far more often.
Gail Simmons
When I play under bright lights on TV, the reflection off the dart barrel could be distracting. It’s not high-tech stuff but I use the flame from the gas cooker at home to blacken the metal and dull them.
Adrian Lewis
Technique! The very word is like a shriek of outraged Art. It is the idiot name given to effort by those who are too weak, too weary, or too dull to play the game. The mighty have no theory of technique.
Leonard Bacon
Some men like a dull life – they like the routine of eating breakfast, going to work, coming home, petting the dog, watching TV, kissing the kids, and going to bed. Stay clear of it – it’s often catching.
Hedy Lamarr
It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.
Richard Steele
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France
But the underdog socialists’ biggest problem isn’t that they are wrong. They are not. Their biggest problem is that they’re dull. Dull as a doorknob. They’ve got no story to tell; nor even the language to convey it in.
Rutger Bregman
The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
Charles Lamb
Trump is Trump. Some people find him hilarious. I don’t find it hilarious, but you can’t say it’s dull. There’s nothing credible about Donald Trump.
Martin Short
I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
Oprah Winfrey
I’m a dull person.
John Updike
You can imagine the kind of dinner parties I had to go to at a young age… pretty dull.
Prince Harry
Mathematics was hard, dull work. Geography pleased me more. For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.
John James Audubon
Andre Ward beat me fair and square on points in a boring fight, a dull affair. Same as when he beat Kessler. Headbutted him to bits, but he knows how to win. He wins ugly, but he knows how to win.
Carl Froch
Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy.
Italo Calvino
Grown-up parties are so dull they make me want to throw a tantrum and hurl red wine on the nearest cream-damask armchair.
Claudia Winkleman
If, at any moment, reality gets dull or boring, our phone offers something more pleasurable, more productive and even more educational than whatever reality gives us.
Tristan Harris
Dull would be the man who should merely tolerate this plan of social industry. Weak would be the position of him who should take an apologetic tone in defending it, or present its claims in a merely negative way, by exposing the evils and perils of the socialistic plan.
John Bates Clark
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
Clive James
You have to be real sharp when you’re touring. I’m dull normal at home. So when I come off the road, my kids have to put up with Mom making cracks every five minutes for a couple of days.
Anne Murray
Normally, I bolt at the idea of playing anyone for too long because I don’t want it to become dull and like another job.
Douglas Henshall
Not so long ago, companies that borrowed lots of money were considered risky, appropriate only for daredevil stock pickers. Those with lots of cash on hand and few outstanding debts might be dull stocks, but they were at least safe bets for bondholders.
Charles Duhigg
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
Charles Darwin
I maintain that many an inventor, many a diplomat, many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all those who practice the dull craft of experimental psychology.
Oswald Spengler
The dull routine of our daily job takes on a new significance, assumes a beauty and importance undreamt of before, if we consider it from the angle of service to God.
Godfrey Winn
If your home is anything like mine, it contains several rarely explored crannies stashed full of archaic chargers, defunct cables, and freshly antiquated gizmos whose sole useful function in 2011 is to make 2005 feel like 1926, simply by looking big and dull and impossibly lumpen.
Charlie Brooker
The difference between art about death and actual death is that one’s a celebration and the other’s a dull fact.
Damien Hirst
I’m not on Twitter because I’m worried I’d be really dull, which would be tragic for someone who’s supposed to be funny.
Mel Giedroyc
On any given day, I’m likely to be working at home, hunched over this keyboard, typing Great Thoughts and Beautiful Sentences – or so they seem at the time, like those beautifully flecked and iridescent stones one finds at the seashore that gradually dry into dull gray pebbles.
Michael Dirda
Investing should be dull. It shouldn’t be exciting.
Paul Samuelson
I'd love to work in a restaurant. You get to meet new p

I’d love to work in a restaurant. You get to meet new people all the time and constantly socialize. There are no dull moments when you’re serving. It would definitely be a fun job to have.
Justin Chon
Offence is important; that’s how you know you care about things. Imagine a life where you’re not offended. So dull.
Marcus Brigstocke
The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
I cannot handle dull, lazy, morose people. I have been like that since childhood.
Ravi Teja
If you won every game, which is impossible, then life would be flat and dull.
Massimiliano Allegri
I get to come home to my family. It’s awesome, just constant adventure, never a dull moment. So much life.
Kurt Vile
It evolved out of the idea to make a kids TV show. And it actually turned out to be a bit dull and a bit regulated and too many people looking over your shoulder and it wasn’t really.
Dave Rowntree
Everyone seems to see bleakness and despair in my books. I don’t read them that way. I see myself as writing comic books, books about ordinary people trying to live ordinary, dull, happy lives while the world is falling to pieces around them.
J. M. Coetzee
I have really sensitive skin, so all I use is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Moisturizing Cream, and then during the day, I’ll use CeraVe with SPF, but nothing crazy. My skin also gets really dry, so I do a mask from time to time – or if my skin is feeling dull, then I’ll put one on.
Kacy Hill
As long as those adjectives used to describe me – charming, affable, punctual – don’t mean that I’m dull, then that’s fine. And I am polite – I was brought up to be that way.
Phillip Schofield
During dull moments at school, I admit, I not only drew soldiers shooting one another but also tanks, bombers, fighters, and even the occasional space ship with planet-destroying powers.
Charlie Sykes
Attention may sound dull, but it is an essential aspect of consciousness. In fact, it governs what it is that we turn out to be conscious of, and therefore plays a part in the coming into being of whatever exists for us.
Iain McGilchrist
Sometimes, I wonder where my place in this town called ‘Hollywood’ is – and that can give you a really dull headache.
Pierce Brosnan
If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn’t it?
Sidney Buchman
I think a good dollop of sadness is quite a useful thing in comedy sometimes. I think if everyone’s happy all the time, it’s a bit dull. It’s like salt and caramel – you wouldn’t imagine they would go well together, but they do.
Olivia Colman
Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it.
Pearl S. Buck
Quite honestly, if I were doing work related to a living being or historical being where there was visual or audio recordings available, I would find that extremely difficult because I don’t know how you would avoid the process of mimicry. And mimicry, to me at any rate, is a very dull prospect.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Everybody has that thing about them that makes them special, and sometimes we try to dull it down or we don’t always want to expose it, and maybe we’ve been taught that way or whatever. It’s just a matter of letting it out and letting it go and letting people in on it.
Becky Lynch
Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
Emma Goldman
I never was on the dull, tame shore, But I loved the great sea more and more.
Bryan Procter
Michael Rooker is like the Merle Haggard of the acting world. Never a dull moment.
Chris Sullivan
One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.
James D. Watson
Only in retrospect can I find clues to my father’s gayness. Sometimes the dull detritus of our pasts become glaring strands once you realize they form a pattern, a lighted path to the present.
Carrie Brownstein
My mother endlessly told me I was too fat, that I wasn’t a patch on my sister. It wasn’t much fun growing up with her and her almost irrational social climbing in that huge house of my dull stepfather Hughdie Auchincloss in Washington.
Lee Radziwill
Fish cakes are perceived as being quite British, and they’re always a bit brown and a little dull.
Yotam Ottolenghi
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham
A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.
William J. Clinton
There are certain things that I know I don’t want to do anymore. Playing out-and-out terrorists who terrorise people and don’t actually move the conversation on are not worth doing. So that’s probably another reason I don’t go back to America, because a lot of it is like that. It’s boring, dull, very lazy writing.
Art Malik
On film, I’m very mysterious, but in life I’m very dull.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Never a dull moment in MMA, right?
Ariel Helwani
I can’t think of a story that doesn’t have something terrible in it. Otherwise, it’s dull. So when I embarked into the world of picture books, my first thought was to do something about the dark.
Daniel Handler
Don't let the insecurities of others dull your sparkle.

Don’t let the insecurities of others dull your sparkle. Shine like the star you are born to be.
Karen Civil
I don’t want to do architecture that’s dry and dull.
Frank Gehry
Signature film-making seems rather dull to me; it’s about finding something you can do something with and running with the ball.
David MacKenzie
I like the concept of escalating warfare, but you need someone to fight back in order for things to escalate. If there’s no confrontation or argument going on, it’s too dull for me. I think that’s the nature of the prankster: Things are too quiet. What can I do?
Joshua Malina
If you look dull, the easiest thing to do is wash your face with water, and immediately you look refreshed.
Emily Weiss
Even I would find a book about my life pretty dull.
Simon Hoggart
I am convinced that a good building must be capable of absorbing the traces of human life and taking on a specific richness… I think of the patina of age on materials, of innumerable small scratches on surfaces, of varnish that has grown dull and brittle, and of edges polished by use.
Peter Zumthor
Sarah Palin embarrasses herself almost immediately upon opening her mouth to speak or upon moving her fingers to send messages to her dull flock.
Henry Rollins
Cinema is a little over 100 years old, and a lot of what we do is built around film emulsion. Those things were calibrated for white skin. We’ve always placed powder on skin to dull the light. But my memory of growing up in Miami is this moist, beautiful black skin.
Barry Jenkins
I’m interested in taking hold of the dull truth narrative and finding inside it the transcendence and spirituality and hysteria normally associated with religion.
Jim Crace
Everyone acknowledges that dinner parties are equally dull in London and Paris, in Calcutta and in New York, unless the next neighbour happens to be peculiarly agreeable.
Isabella Bird
I think too many comic book covers are way too busy, crammed with far too much information, both visual and verbal, that just becomes a dull noise.
Chip Kidd
Most young people find botany a dull study. So it is, as taught from the text-books in the schools; but study it yourself in the fields and woods, and you will find it a source of perennial delight.
John Burroughs
I have two lovely sons and some good memories, but I’ve had a rather tumultuous personal life. It hasn’t been dull; I’ve been the Hiroshima of love.
Sylvester Stallone
Umm… my favourite Wizkid tune of all time would be ‘Don’t Dull’ ‘cos I recorded the track in, like, 5 minutes. The beat was ready, we went into the studio and freestyled, and it was ready. The song became really, really big, so I think ‘Don’t Dull’ is still my favourite.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
A. E. Housman