Alain de Botton 2

When I’m writing, I write all day. Other days, I sit around thinking. Or I run around from one meeting to another, out in the world. It varies, and I like that.
Alain de Botton

I was a very un-literary child, which might reassure parents with kids who don’t read.
Alain de Botton

There is militaristic-hegemonic-plutocratic side of the U.S. which is getting out of hand and threatens to corrupt the whole republic. I remain a deeply concerned, committed admirer, but also a very worried one.
Alain de Botton

Atheism is having a heyday in the born-again United States.
Alain de Botton

There may be significant things to learn about people by looking at what annoys them most.
Alain de Botton

I am a very aesthetic person.
Alain de Botton

I think I have grown impatient with just being a writer.
Alain de Botton

I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.
Alain de Botton

Learning to give up on perfection may be just about the most romantic move any of us could make.
Alain de Botton

We don’t sulk with everybody. We limit our sulks to a very particular person: the person who’s supposed to love us and understand us. And we make this equation that if you love me, you’re supposed to understand me even if I don’t explain what’s wrong.
Alain de Botton

Laughter is an important part of a good relationship. It’s an immense achievement when you can move from your thinking that your partner is merely an idiot to thinking that they are that wonderfully complex thing called a loveable idiot. And often that means having a little bit of a sense of humour about their flaws.
Alain de Botton

When a restaurant is too popular, it starts to harm the reason you are there.
Alain de Botton

I remember going to university, and the people who’d left home for the first time looked at the food and were horrified. Whereas, my view was that if it was vaguely edible, then it’s fine.
Alain de Botton

There’s a certain kind of insular, old-fashioned, upper-class Britishness that gives me the spooks. I am sure that comes from a boarding-school trauma.
Alain de Botton

Love is something that we need to learn.
Alain de Botton

Many of our ideas of what love is comes from stories… these are extremely powerful shapers of our attitudes towards love, and I think that, in some ways, often we’ve got the wrong story.
Alain de Botton

Among adults, we can admit that of course, characters are creations. They aren’t real people.
Alain de Botton

I think a certain degree of pessimism is actually helpful to love.
Alain de Botton

There’s a constant tension between the excitement of new people and security with one person. If you go with excitement, you create chaos; you hurt people. There’s jealousy, and it gets very messy. If you have security, it can be boring, and you die inside because of all the opportunities missed.
Alain de Botton

I think of myself as quite a shy person. But when I’m curious about something, I’ll go quite far to satisfy my curiosity.
Alain de Botton

I was an incredibly lonely, very alienated teenager.
Alain de Botton

I like the values associated with a medical family – common sense, being practical but also thoughtful.
Alain de Botton

A gray V-neck pullover from Gap. I have 30 of them.
Alain de Botton

My office. It’s drab and boring but quiet.
Alain de Botton

The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them fully developed in someone else.
Alain de Botton

I think it is very possible that my deeper character is not very English.
Alain de Botton

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