Alain de Botton Quotes

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'.

Born December 20, 1969

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Best 20 Quotes by Alain de Botton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The largest part of what we call 'personality' is determined by how we've opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.”

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

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependant more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”

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

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

“You usually have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.”

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