I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
— Heinrich Heine

God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sheer quote

Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
— Virginia Woolf

It is sheer madness to live in want in order to be wealthy when you die.
— Juvenal

Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.
— Unknown