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Alain De Botton Quotes: "The feeling one has no time to get anything done provides the pressure that guarantees one does get some things done."

The feeling one has no time to get anything done provides the pressure that guarantees one does get some things done.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "Forgiveness requires a sense that bad behaviour is a sign of suffering rather than malice."

Forgiveness requires a sense that bad behaviour is a sign of suffering rather than malice.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The rich believe that their money will insulate them from setbacks and frustrations, and that's one of the absurdist expectations of all."

The rich believe that their money will insulate them from setbacks and frustrations, and that's one of the absurdist expectations of all.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Curiosity takes ignorance seriously, and is confident enough to admit when it does not know. It is aware of not knowing, and it sets out to do something about it"

Curiosity takes ignorance seriously, and is confident enough to admit when it does not know. It is aware of not knowing, and it sets out to do something about it




Alain De Botton Quotes: "Just be yourself' is about the worst advice you can give some people."

Just be yourself' is about the worst advice you can give some people.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days."

You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Politics is so difficult, it's generally only people who aren't quite up to the task who feel convinced they are."

Politics is so difficult, it's generally only people who aren't quite up to the task who feel convinced they are.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "He feared that by leaving her he would ruin her life - so he stayed, and did just that."

He feared that by leaving her he would ruin her life - so he stayed, and did just that.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Introspective reflections that might otherwise be liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape..."

Introspective reflections that might otherwise be liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape...



Alain De Botton Quotes: "If one felt successful, there'd be so little incentive to be successful."

If one felt successful, there'd be so little incentive to be successful.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Everyone is extremely hard and troubled to be around. Everyone has something substantially wrong with them. Everyone is extremely hard to live with."

Everyone is extremely hard and troubled to be around. Everyone has something substantially wrong with them. Everyone is extremely hard to live with.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Most business meetings involve one party elaborately suppressing a wish to shout at the other: 'just give us the money'."

Most business meetings involve one party elaborately suppressing a wish to shout at the other: 'just give us the money'.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "The media insists on taking what someone didn't mean to say as being far closer to the truth than what they did."

The media insists on taking what someone didn't mean to say as being far closer to the truth than what they did.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Anyone who isn't embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn't learning enough."

Anyone who isn't embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn't learning enough.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy."

One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "I was relying on youth be loyal to the specific variety of compromise and unhappiness, which our hard-won marriage represents."

I was relying on youth be loyal to the specific variety of compromise and unhappiness, which our hard-won marriage represents.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The arrogance that says analysing the relationship between reasons and causes is more important than writing a philosophy of shyness or sadness or friendship drives me nuts. I can't accept that."

The arrogance that says analysing the relationship between reasons and causes is more important than writing a philosophy of shyness or sadness or friendship drives me nuts. I can't accept that.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "If we were entirely sane, if madness did not have a serious grip on one side of us, other people's tragedies would hold a great deal less interest for us."

If we were entirely sane, if madness did not have a serious grip on one side of us, other people's tragedies would hold a great deal less interest for us.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The most courageous act in politics is to try to understand your opponent."

The most courageous act in politics is to try to understand your opponent.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "As victims of hurt, we frequently don't bring up what ails us, because so many wounds look absurd in the light of day."

As victims of hurt, we frequently don't bring up what ails us, because so many wounds look absurd in the light of day.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "A world where a majority had imbibed the lessons implicit within tragic art would be one in which the consequences of our failures would necessarily cease to weigh upon us so heavily."

A world where a majority had imbibed the lessons implicit within tragic art would be one in which the consequences of our failures would necessarily cease to weigh upon us so heavily.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We are continuously challenged to discover new works of culture—and, in the process, we don’t allow any one of them to assume a weight in our minds."

We are continuously challenged to discover new works of culture—and, in the process, we don’t allow any one of them to assume a weight in our minds.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We are humiliated by what is powerful and mean, but awed by what is powerful and noble."

We are humiliated by what is powerful and mean, but awed by what is powerful and noble.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from."

Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "we would not reliably assent to reproduce unless we first had lost our minds."

we would not reliably assent to reproduce unless we first had lost our minds.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts."

The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "I do think that travel can be part of a journey of inner maturation, but you've got to do it right."

I do think that travel can be part of a journey of inner maturation, but you've got to do it right.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Half the ingratitude and complacency in the world down to how slowly and imperceptibly most good and bad things unfold."

Half the ingratitude and complacency in the world down to how slowly and imperceptibly most good and bad things unfold.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one's ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity."

To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one's ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The price we have paid for expecting to be so much more than our ancestors is a perpetual anxiety that we are far from being all we might be."

The price we have paid for expecting to be so much more than our ancestors is a perpetual anxiety that we are far from being all we might be.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The death of marriage has been announced so often and would seem so normal, in a sense. So what's surprising is the sheer longevity and tenacity of this institution."

The death of marriage has been announced so often and would seem so normal, in a sense. So what's surprising is the sheer longevity and tenacity of this institution.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We are properly ready for marriage when we are strong enough to embrace a life of frustration."

We are properly ready for marriage when we are strong enough to embrace a life of frustration.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "There's a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough."

There's a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Intuition is unconscious accumulated experience informing judgement in real time."

Intuition is unconscious accumulated experience informing judgement in real time.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "I like the values associated with a medical family - common sense, being practical but also thoughtful."

I like the values associated with a medical family - common sense, being practical but also thoughtful.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Being snappy is a symptom of an argument we forgot to have some way back."

Being snappy is a symptom of an argument we forgot to have some way back.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "I feel that the great challenge of our time is the communication of ideas."

I feel that the great challenge of our time is the communication of ideas.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The Anxiety of Sunday afternoon: your unlived lives and infinite possibility pressing upon the constraints of reality."

The Anxiety of Sunday afternoon: your unlived lives and infinite possibility pressing upon the constraints of reality.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "When we suspect that we are appropriate targets for hurt, it does not take much for us to believe that someone or something is out to hurt us"

When we suspect that we are appropriate targets for hurt, it does not take much for us to believe that someone or something is out to hurt us



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We study biology, physics, movements of glaciers... Where are the classes on envy, feeling wronged, despair, bitterness..."

We study biology, physics, movements of glaciers... Where are the classes on envy, feeling wronged, despair, bitterness...



Alain De Botton Quotes: "There is an easy way to measure our inner levels of abjectness and friendliness to ourselves: we should examine how well we response to noise."

There is an easy way to measure our inner levels of abjectness and friendliness to ourselves: we should examine how well we response to noise.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "On paper, being good sounds great but a lot depends on the atmosphere of the workplace or community we live in. We tend to become good or bad depending on the cues sent out within a particular space."

On paper, being good sounds great but a lot depends on the atmosphere of the workplace or community we live in. We tend to become good or bad depending on the cues sent out within a particular space.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "In a secularising world, art has replaced religion as a touchstone of our reverence and devotion."

In a secularising world, art has replaced religion as a touchstone of our reverence and devotion.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration."

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



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Distress at losing an object can be as much a frustration at the intellectual mystery of the disappearance as about the loss itself."

Distress at losing an object can be as much a frustration at the intellectual mystery of the disappearance as about the loss itself.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on."

One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "It is perhaps when our lives are at their most problematic that we are likely to be most receptive to beautiful things."

It is perhaps when our lives are at their most problematic that we are likely to be most receptive to beautiful things.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope."

Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason."

Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.