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Alain de Botton Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Alain de Botton

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Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
- Alain de Botton

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton

 

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
secure the respect and attention of people who would
otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

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Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into
problems of envy and competition.
But all this is just in a day's work for a writer.
You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool.
Oh, well.
- Alain de Botton

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing.
It's always surprised me how little attention many
non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton

We are certainly influenced by role models,
and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people,
we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important -
just as in the Middle Ages,
people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
- Alain de Botton

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts,
it's also how you say it - that the success of your
argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.
- Alain de Botton

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life.
Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our
own projects and priorities -
and we should take care.
- Alain de Botton

The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
it's a war between two peoples who feel deeply humiliated by the other,
who want the other to respect them.
Battles over status can be even more intractable than
those over land or water or oil.
- Alain de Botton

In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print,
stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women.
- Sara Paretsky

Serial killers are everywhere!
Well, perhaps not in our neighborhood,
but on our television screens, at the movie theatres,
and in rows and rows of books at our local Borders
or Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
- Pat Brown

I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing,
so that it is now possible for any writer with a book
to get it published at nominal cost or free,
and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
- Piers Anthony

I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951.
I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987.
- Paul Muldoon

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

We started giving presentations at practitioner conferences in 1986,
and since then all of our derivatives research has
been stimulated by contact with practitioners.
- John Hull

People should realize that I shot a Coke commercial back in 1986.
So, you know, I've been around a long time.
I carry my Screen Actors Guild Card.
- Kato Kaelin

In 1986, we gave it our best shot but we didn't get the run of the ball.
- Michel Patini

My first civil disobedience arrest for social justice
was in 1986 for protesting the SDI.
- Martin Sheen

I got my private pilot's license in autumn 1986.
- Mathias Rust

But a year before that, I was starting to drink beer
on the set of the film Lucas (1986).
- Corey Haim

I drove across country in my yellow 1970 VW bug (which
I drove until 1986) to Los Angeles,
having had enough cold weather in 5 years in Ann Arbor,
and found a job within a few days.
- W. Richard Stevens

I was fortunate to be part of a very successful show on CBS in 1986.
I switched to NBC for eight years and through these
experiences have gotten terrific insight into television;
it's a fascinating medium.
- Will McDonough

I love the music, I love the times, so to me that was
exciting personally just to play something that starts
in 1986 with graduating high school,
we've got a great soundtrack in the pilot.
- Will Estes

My wife and I have been together since 1986.
I graduated in '86 and she graduated in '88.
We began dating when she was 17.
Actually she turned 18 when we started kissing and stuff.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.

We had a poster of the Davis Cup in 1986.
It was in Prague, the Czech Republic against Sweden,
and we went to watch, so I got the poster.
You couldn't get all the posters.
You were lucky if you got one.
- Martina Hingis

It wasn't my plan to create such a record.
All I did was put in the effort to win every match
I played and it went on for weeks,
months and years until my defeat to Ross Norman in Toulouse in 1986.
- Jahangir Khan

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

That I was born to this circle - I am blessed.
That I choose to stand in this circle - I am proud.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

In every society some men are born to rule,
and some to advise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

A single event can awaken a stranger totally unknown to us.
To live is to be slowly born.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

Born to be wild - live to outgrow it.
- Lao Tzu

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

We must cultivate our own garden.
When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work,
which proves that man was not born to rest.
- Voltaire

I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family
I could possibly have hoped for.
- Maureen O'Hara

The human brain starts working the moment you are born
and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
- George Jessel

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

Everything that gets born dies.
- Morrie Schwartz

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother.
- Rodney Dangerfield

All men are born equally free.
- Salmon P. Chase

Man always dies before he is fully born.
- Erich Fromm

Some people are born on third base and go through life
thinking they hit a triple.
- Barry Switzer

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.
- Lady Bird Johnson


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