My Favorite Quotes
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 Alain Botton - “I am in general a very pessimistic person with an optimistic, day-to-day take on things. The bare facts of life are utterly terrifying. And yet, one can laugh. Indeed, one has to laugh precisely because of the darkness the nervous laughter of the trenches.”
 Alain Botton - “Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.”
 Alain Botton - “I find a welcome interest in the problems of everyday life. I find a humanity and a devotion to using thought to alleviate suffering.”
 Alain Botton - “Architects themselves tend to shy away from the word, preferring instead to talk about the manipulation of space.”
 Alain 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 Botton - “What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.”
 Alain Botton - “I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.”
 Alain 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 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 Botton - “I used to walk past this block of flats and wonder 'Who could have built that What were they thinking What were they trying to do”
 Alain Botton - “We need objects to remind us of the commitments we've made. That carpet from Morocco reminds us of the impulsive, freedom-loving side of ourselves we're in danger of losing touch with. Beautiful furniture gives us something to live up to. All designed objects are propaganda for a way of life.”
 Alain Botton - “Snobbery exists in all areas of life, not least literary criticism. By snobbery I mean, any method of judging someone or something whereby you latch on to one or two features about themit, and use these to come to a definitive, immovable judgement. In intellectual matters, the snob will often take the external features of a work as a guide to its value.”
 Alain 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 Botton - “It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.”
 Alain Botton - “Literature has always had its circus side, its freaks and its frivolities - and maybe that's all part of it, and no bad thing if it draws people towards what is most worthwhile.”
 Alain Botton - “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 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 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 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 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 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.”