Quotes by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

Swiss-born British author

Alive from: 1969-

Category: Writers (Contemporary) | CountrySwiss and British

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    Anyone who isn't embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn't learning enough.
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    Being content is perhaps no less easy than playing the violin well; and requires no less practice.
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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.
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    Good sex isn’t just fun, it keeps us sane and happy. Having sex with someone makes us feel wanted, alive and potent
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    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.
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    I feel that the great challenge of our time is the communication of ideas.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them.
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    It is perhaps when our lives are at their most problematic that we are likely to be most receptive to beautiful things.
    Source: The Architecture of Happiness
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    It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
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    Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
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    Many moments in religion seem attractive to me even though I can't believe in any of it.
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    Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
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