Subjects — D
Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
Prudent Dulness marked him for a mayor.
What can he mean by coming among us? He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.
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.
Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.
It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
There are surely worse things than being wrong, and being dull and pedantic are surely among them.
Quoted by D. MacHale — Comic Sections, Dublin, 1993