Alain de Botton Quotes Page 2


Best 55 Quotes by Alain de Botton – Page 2 of 2

“One of the most welcome aspects of office work is that you do not need to be fully yourself.”

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

“Some of the reasons why we marry the wrong people is that we don't really understand ourselves.”

“The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them fully developed in someone else.”

“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 person who is truly best suited to us is not the person who shares our tastes, but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently and wisely.”

“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.”

“There's something called religion, and it was invented a long time ago by people who felt very out of control with their lives, who didn't know why the sun always rose over the mountains.”

“Virtue is its own reward. We only invented concepts like heaven and hell to describe how we feel. We don't feel good doing bad and it's nice to help someone.”

“What annoys me about most self-help books is that they have no tragic sense. They have no sense that life is fundamentally incomplete rather than accidentally incomplete.”

“What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.”

“What we typically call love is only the start of love. Our understanding of love has been hijacked and beguiled by its first distractingly moving moments.”

“When I see someone like Richard Dawkins, I see my father. I grew up with that. I'm basically the child of Richard Dawkins.”

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“When work is not going well, it's useful to remember that our identities stretch beyond what is on the business card, that we were people long before we became workers – and will continue to be human once we have put our tools down forever.”

“Work is a way of bringing order to chaos, and there's a basic satisfaction in seeing that we are able to make something a little more coherent by the end of the day.”

“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.”

How Proust Can Change Your Life Quotes

“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.”

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On Love Quotes

“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.”

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

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Religion for Atheists Quotes

“A city like London is sociable in a sense that there are people gathering in bars and restaurants, concerts and lectures. Yet you can partake of all these experiences and never say hello to anyone new.

And one of the things that all religions do is take groups of strangers into a space and say it is OK to talk to each other.”

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The Architecture of Happiness Quotes

“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.”

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