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Quotes of the Day for 3 June 2004 – Boredom

Ransom Eli Olds was born at Geneva, Ohio on this day in 1864. His name lives on in the Oldsmobile, and his truck, the REO Speedwagon, not only is remembered fondly today but there was a rock band that used the name. His real claim to fame, however, is as the inventor of the assembly line. (Henry Ford often gets credit for this, but he copied and expanded on Olds' concept.) It's the prospect of working on an assembly line that inspired today's theme: Boredom.

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The quotes:

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
     - C. Northcote Parkinson, 1909 - 1993

Someone's boring me. I think it's me.
     - Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953

Work spares us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.
     - François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
     - R. I. Fitzhenry

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.
     - Edgar Degas, 1834 - 1917

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
     - Dorothy Parker, 1893 - 1967


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