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Alain de Botton

Top 10 Alain de Botton Quotes,  English
Total Quotes : 156
Perfect Living Perfect Job

I learnt to stop fantasising about the perfect job or the perfect relationship because that can actually be an excuse for not living.

- Alain de Botton

Seriously Note Subject

At 'The School of Life', we take seriously anything that has to do with human fulfilment - and take note wherever insight on this subject can be found.

- Alain de Botton

Great Fantasy Fantasies

Fantasies can be great, but we shouldn't make the wedding a fantasy, because the wedding is the gateway to married life. It shouldn't be a moment of illusion; it should be a moment of preparation.

- Alain de Botton

Destination Numbers Given

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

Gray Gap Them

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

- Alain de Botton

Art Think Functions

I believe that art is a tool and that, like all tools, it has functions. I also think it is important to know what the tool is for so that we can better know how and when to use it.

- Alain de Botton

Loving Improve How

As in all areas, we can improve how good we are at loving another person.

- Alain de Botton

Small Very Fooling

I was foreign and Jewish, with a funny name, and was very small and hated sport, a real problem at an English prep school. So the way to get round it was to become the school joker, which I did quite effectively - I was always fooling around to make the people who would otherwise dump me in the loo laugh.

- Alain de Botton

Reason Harm Too

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

- Alain de Botton

Collaboration Through Like

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

- Alain de Botton

May Move Give

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

- Alain de Botton

Alive Needs Will

Advertising is - quite often - alive to our real needs. It's just the products on offer might not be the things that will help us satisfy them.

- Alain de Botton

Bad See Someone

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

- Alain de Botton

Nature Waste Finally

I waste most of the day, then finally start to write around 3 P.M., totally disgusted with myself for my wasteful nature.

- Alain de Botton

Myself Been About

As for despair, it comes about when I have been a fool and hate myself and despair of my personality. I am prone to gloom, but not depression as such.

- Alain de Botton

Senses Sympathies Helping

Artworks are especially good at helping our psyches in a variety of ways: they rebalance our moods, lend us hope, usher in calm, stretch our sympathies, reignite our senses, and reawaken appreciation.

- Alain de Botton

Waiting Venue Private

All tours are filled with humiliation. My publisher once hired a private jet to fly me to a venue where 1,000 people were waiting. It almost bankrupted him.

- Alain de Botton

Friendship Death Career

Where is instruction in relationships, in the management of career, in the raising of children, in the pursuit of friendship, in the wise approach to anxiety and death? All this sort of stuff I craved to learn about when I was a student and down to this day.

- Alain de Botton

Through Reason Otherwise

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

Argument Passionately

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