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Alain de Botton Quote: “Everyone wants a better life: very few of us want to be better people.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “A good half of the art of living is resilience.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Travel agents would be wiser to ask us what we hope to change about our lives rather than simply where we wish to go.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Never too late to learn some embarrassingly basic, stupidly obvious things about oneself.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “We should not feel embarrassed by our difficulties, only by our failure to grow anything beautiful from them.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “For paranoia about ‘what other people think’ : remember that only some hate, a very few love – and almost all just don’t care.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “What is a snob? A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are. That is snobbery.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “In the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “We are sensitized by the books we read. And the more books we read, and the deeper their lessons sink into us, the more pairs of glasses we have. And those glasses enable us to see things we would have otherwise missed.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Love is an incurable disease. In love, there is permanent suffering. Those who love and those who are happy are not the same.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Insomnia is a glamorous term for thoughts you forgot to have in the day.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “True love is a lack of desire to check one’s smartphone in another’s presence.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Sweetness is the opposite of machismo, which is everywhere-and I really don’t get on with machismo. I’m interested in sensitivity, and weakness, and fear, and anxiety, because I think that, at the end of the day, behind our masks, that’s what we are.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Do you love me enough that I may be weak with you? Everyone loves strength, but do you love me for my weakness? That is the real test.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “When you look at the Moon, you think, ‘I’m really small. What are my problems?’ It sets things into perspective. We should all look at the Moon a bit more often.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “The only people we can think of as normal are those we don’t yet know very well.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Forgiveness requires a sense that bad behaviour is a sign of suffering rather than malice.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Don’t despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don’t – surrender to events with hope.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “What kills us isn’t one big thing, but thousands of tiny obligations we can’t turn down for fear of disappointing others.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “A notorious inability to express emotions makes human beings the only animals capable of suicide.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “It is perhaps when our lives are at their most problematic that we are likely to be most receptive to beautiful things.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Good sex isn’t just fun, it keeps us sane and happy. Having sex with someone makes us feel wanted, alive and potent.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Maturity: the confidence to have no opinions on many things.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “We should keep a careful diary of our moments of envy: they are our covert guides to what we should try to do next.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “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 Quote: “Good books put a finger on emotions that are deeply our own – but that we could never have described on our own.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “People only get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Man seems merely dust postponed: the sublime as an encounter – pleasurable, intoxicating, even – with human weakness in the face of strength, age and size of the universe.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “At the heart of every frustration lies a basic structure: the collision of a wish with an unyielding reality.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Curiosity might be pictured as being made up of chains of small questions extending outwards, sometimes over huge distances, from a central hub composed of a few blunt, large questions.”
Alain de Botton Quote: “Cynics are – beneath it all – only idealists with awkwardly high standards.”
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