Who is Alain de Botton?

British philosopher Alain de Botton emphasizes everyday life in his work. He is the founder of The School of Life and the author of many books including The Art of Travel, How Proust Can Change Your Life and Religion for Atheists.

Books by Alain de Botton

Quotes by Alain de Botton

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”

Alain de Botton

“Anyone who isn't embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn't learning enough.”

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“Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from.”

Alain de Botton

“Every fall into love involves the triumph of hope over self-knowledge. We fall in love hoping we won't find in another what we know is in ourselves, all the cowardice, weakness, laziness, dishonesty, compromise, and stupidity.”

Alain de Botton On Love

“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them.”

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“It is in books, poems, paintings which often give us the confidence to take seriously feelings in ourselves that we might otherwise never have thought to acknowledge.”

Alain de Botton The Architecture of Happiness

“Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.”

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“One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me?”

Alain de Botton

“One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.”

Alain de Botton

“People only get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages.”

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“The only people we can think of as normal are those we don't yet know very well.”

Alain de Botton

“The telephone becomes an instrument of torture in the demonic hands of a beloved who doesn't call.”

Alain de Botton On Love

“There's a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.”

Alain de Botton

“We don't really learn anything properly until there is a problem, until we are in pain, until something fails to go as we had hoped... We suffer, therefore we think.”

Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life

“You have to be quite heavily invested in someone to do them the honour of telling them you're annoyed with them.”

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