Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

Pleasure that isn't paid for is as insipid as everything else that's free.
— Anita Loos

If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid. You might as well live on the whites of eggs.
— Muriel Spark

To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects.
— Karl Marx