21 Total Quotes

Alain Botton Quotes

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
Alain Botton
#English Writer #Books And Reading

I find a welcome interest in the problems of everyday life. I find a humanity and a devotion to using thought to alleviate suffering.
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#English Writer

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.
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#People #English Writer

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
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#Books And Reading

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
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#English Writer

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 them/it, 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.
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#Criticism

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.
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#English Writer #Anxiety

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.
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#English Writer

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
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#English Writer #Marriage

Architects themselves tend to shy away from the word, preferring instead to talk about the manipulation of space.
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#Space

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.
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#English Writer

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.
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#Literature

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
#English Writer #Competition

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?
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#Past

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.
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#English Writer #Conflict