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Alain de Botton

(b. 1969– )

Swiss-born English writer, philosopher, and television presenter

“Original thoughts are like shy animals. We sometimes have to look the other way—towards a busy street or terminal—before they run out of their burrows.”

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source: A Week at the Airport (New York: Vintage, 2010), 42.

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“Developing an adequate response to rejection, neither defensive nor sentimental, lies at the heart of any serious attempt at sanity.”

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source: Twitter, 9:22 AM Sept 9, 2010 via web

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“The only childhood truly deserving of the title ‘privileged’ is one which imbues someone with a capacity to be a friend to themselves.”

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source: Twitter, 3:36 PM August 21, 2010.

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“Newspapers are being read all around. The point is not, of course, to glean new information, but rather to coax the mind out of its sleep-induced introspective temper. To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.”

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source: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (New York: Pantheon, 2009), 237.

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“The continue to deny the significance of barely perceptible childhood abuses was to manifest the same robust and foolhardy common sense which had once led our ancestors to scoff at the notion that there might be deadly colonies of microorganisms thriving in drops of saliva no larger than pinheads.”

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source: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (New York: Pantheon, 2009), 122.

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“When does a job feel meaningful? Whenever it allows us to generate delight or reduce suffering in others.”

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source: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (New York: Pantheon, 2009), 78.

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“Abstractly cheering thought: the millions of people around the world who will tonight sleep together for the first time.”

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source: Twitter, 2:22 PM Jan 27, 2010 via web

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“On architecture: even if we lived in Venice or a Louis Kahn house, we would still often be in a bad mood.”

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source: Twitter, 12:41 PM Jan 10, 2010 via mobile web

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“…it seems we may best be able to inhabit a place when we are not faced with the additional challenge of having to be there.”

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source: The Art of Travel (New York: Vintage International, 2004), 23.

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“Schopenhauer: the task of philosophy is to turn tears into knowledge. And for me, a sigh into a tweet.”

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source: Twitter, 11:57 AM Apr 14, 2010 via web

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“When it finally briefly happens, happiness can feel very worrying.”

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source: Twitter, 11:59 PM Apr 14, 2010 via mobile web

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“Most great problems have no solutions, beyond the relief to be had in sharing and analysing them.”

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source: Twitter, 12:27 AM Apr 15, 2010 via mobile web

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“What grief we’d avoid if we knew how to transfer emotional experience across generations, as we do money or scientific knowledge.”

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source: Twitter, 2:09 AM Apr 9, 2010 mobile web

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“It takes a particular lack of imagination to feel no discomfort in the presence of a cleaner.”

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“There are meetings which, when cancelled at the last minute, give one an ecstatic feeling of having cheated death for a little longer.”

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source: Twitter, 8:08 AM Apr 21, 2010 via web

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