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Alain de Botton Quotes

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What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
- Alain de Botton

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

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.
- Alain de Botton

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.
- Alain de Botton

 

We are certainly influenced by role models,
and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people,
we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important -
just as in the Middle Ages,
people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
- Alain de Botton

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

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.
- Alain de Botton

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Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life.
Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our
own projects and priorities -
and we should take care.
- Alain de Botton

The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
it's a war between two peoples who feel deeply humiliated by the other,
who want the other to respect them.
Battles over status can be even more intractable than
those over land or water or oil.
- Alain de Botton

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton

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.
- Alain de Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
secure the respect and attention of people who would
otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

Join the army. Visit strange and exotic places.
Meet fascinating people. And kill them.
- Anonymous

I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating
institution in the world.
- Amos Oz

I never make a trip to the United States without visiting a supermarket.
To me they are more fascinating than any fashion salon.
- Wallis Simpson

Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people.
- John Keegan

Supreme Court arguments and decisions are fascinating
to a few of us and really pretty boring to most.
- Dan Abrams

When I began writing that I was able and did travel
and met some fascinating people and also uncovered some history,
which has not been discovered before.
- Arthur Hailey

Trying to be fascinating is an asinine position to be in.
- Katharine Hepburn

The world is an infinitely fascinating,
tragic and humorous place.
- Mike Figgis

I questioned everything.
I didn't see a character developed in Platoon at all.
The character in Blue Velvet was much more fascinating to me.
- Kyle MacLachlan

You know, acting is very fascinating.
But being an actress is not, because you become so
concentrated on yourself.
- Beatrice Wood

You can have a movie with hardly any cuts,
or very few cuts, that is fascinating,
you can't take your eyes away from it...
Look at some of the long takes in Citizen Kane.
- Roger Ebert

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental.
It's so much like life.
- Arthur Miller

I find myself fascinating.
- Milan Kundera

I would have ten children.
I think they are the most fascinating,
and it's the only thing in the world that hasn't been overrated.
- Deidre Hall

There's so much more to life than that,
though I think that acting is fascinating because you
can forget your own sorrow as you act and become somebody else.
- Beatrice Wood

Satire is fascinating stuff.
It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down,
there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only
thing that makes any sense.
- Ben Nicholson

Spock's cool, analytical nature feels more fascinating
and topical than ever now that we've put a sort of
Vulcan in the White House.
- Steve Daly

I've never been one of those actors who has touted
myself as a fascinating human being.
I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.
- Robert De Niro

I think that anybody's craft is fascinating.
A taxi driver talking about taxi driving is going to be very,
very interesting.
- James Lipton

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
- Donna Tartt

None who have always been free can understand the terrible
fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
- Pearl S. Buck

Going after the unknown is always fascinating,
I think.
It becomes part of your life, this desire to know.
- Mark Oliphant

To me, nothing is more fascinating or theatrical than real life.
These people are in dire situations,
where something extreme has happened in their lives.
- Debra Messing

I think that's what makes life interesting -
the evolution of getting older,
and it's kinda fascinating to me, the whole process.
- Alexis Bledel

I was blown away by being able to color.
Then I started to draw...
bringing a blank white canvas to life was fascinating.
- James De La Vega

No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against
the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
- Harold Rosenberg

What becomes fascinating is the way the culture industry
doesn't deny it and doesn't try to mitigate it,
but tries to sell its products as a way of liberating oneself.
- Thomas Frank

I did what most writers do when something happens that's overwhelming,
fascinating, moving, all of that.
I didn't know what else to do about it except write about it.
- Patti Davis

The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating,
even awe-inspiring - but impersonal.
It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it.
- Herbert Simon

And Garrison Keillor I think is a fascinating guy and really entertaining.
- Woody Harrelson

For me that's what's fascinating about the internet,
that aggregate thing.
- Colin Greenwood

It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh,
it is fascinating!
I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment,
for all the riches in the world.
- Elizabeth Blackwell

My own interest developed because I thought it was
a fascinating subject and something I wanted to pursue.
- Jack Kilby

It sounds extraordinary but it's a fact that balance
sheets can make fascinating reading.
- Mary Archer

Genghis Khan was a fascinating man and way ahead of his time.
- Ian Botham

I think genetic research is a fascinating and fertile area.
- Katherine Dunn

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax,
are fascinating: how important connotation is,
what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.
- Marilyn Hacker

I'm just not that fascinating a person to have had
all those lives that I've written about.
- Michael Stipe

A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages,
looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating
stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
- Laura Bush

It's fascinating for us women to begin looking at our
lives in five-year plans.
It really does help you keep on track.
If that's too hard, start with a two-year plan.
- Marlo Thomas

Some of the stuff about Yogi energy is really fascinating.
- Kathy Acker

I love being with my children.
They're fascinating people.
- Amy Grant

This digital world is completely fascinating to me.
- Graham Nash

President Kennedy was a voracious reader and was forever
coming up with fascinating bits of information.
- Pierre Salinger

It's a tough case and the first time Reacher needs
to recruit somebody to help him out.
He uses a woman he knew in the army she's a fascinating character.
- Lee Child

I always say that bad women are fewer than men,
but when you get one, they're fascinating because they're so rotten.
- Ann Rule

I wrote a script.
I actually enjoyed writing it more than acting.
It's about the Irish rebellion of 1920,
which is a fascinating period and place for me.
- Tom Berenger

Poetry is fascinating.
As soon as it begins the poetry has changed the thing into something extra,
and somehow prose can go over into poetry.
- Michael Tippett

The contradictions are what make human behavior so
maddening and yet so fascinating,
all at the same time.
- Joan D. Vinge

New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests
undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal.
Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
- Wallace Stevens

Evolution is fascinating to watch.
To me it is the most interesting when one can observe
the evolution of a single man.
- Shana Alexander

That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex,
fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
- Jock Sturges

The story of Jesus is very fascinating.
It still has such a tremendous power,
even after 2,000 years!
We don't really know if he existed as a historical figure.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

Arthur Young's Reflexive Universe - fascinating but
too schematic to fit into my scheme.
The most I could hope for was a sense of the vocabulary
and some possible images.
- James Merrill

It's fascinating to be in a place where no one has ever heard of me.
- Ednita Nazario

I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings,
especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

It's a fascinating area for me, UFOs have occupied
a great part of my life since I was very young.
- Dwight Schultz


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