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Alain De Botton Quotes: "Do you love me enough that I may be weak with you? Everyone loves strength, but do you love me for my weakness? That is the real test."

Do you love me enough that I may be weak with you? Everyone loves strength, but do you love me for my weakness? That is the real test.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "The challenge for a human now is to be more interesting to another than his or her smartphone."

The challenge for a human now is to be more interesting to another than his or her smartphone.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life."

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.



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: "Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them."

Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them.



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: "One of the better guarantors of ending up in a good relationship: an advanced capacity to be alone."

One of the better guarantors of ending up in a good relationship: an advanced capacity to be alone.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "To one's enemies: "I hate myself more than you ever could."

To one's enemies: "I hate myself more than you ever could.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The only people we can think of as normal are those we don't yet know very well."

The only people we can think of as normal are those we don't yet know very well.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We don't really learn anything properly until there is a problem, until we are in pain, until something fails to go as we had hoped ... We suffer, therefore we think."

We don't really learn anything properly until there is a problem, until we are in pain, until something fails to go as we had hoped ... We suffer, therefore we think.



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: "A good half of the art of living is resilience."

A good half of the art of living is resilience.




Alain De Botton Quotes: "We often lose our tempers not with those who are actually to blame; just with those who love us enough to forgive us our foul moods."

We often lose our tempers not with those who are actually to blame; just with those who love us enough to forgive us our foul moods.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "I learnt to stop fantasising about the perfect job or the perfect relationship because that can actually be an excuse for not living."

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 Quotes: "Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom."

Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The largest part of what we call 'personality' is determined by how we've opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness"."

The largest part of what we call 'personality' is determined by how we've opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness".



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Everyone returns us to a different sense of ourselves, for we become a little of who they think we are."

Everyone returns us to a different sense of ourselves, for we become a little of who they think we are.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Maturity: the confidence to have no opinions on many things."

Maturity: the confidence to have no opinions on many things.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Most of us still caged within careers chosen for us by our not entirely worldly 18-22 year old selves."

Most of us still caged within careers chosen for us by our not entirely worldly 18-22 year old selves.



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: "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.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The only way to be happy is to realise how much depends on how you look at things"

The only way to be happy is to realise how much depends on how you look at things



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Everyone wants a better life: very few of us want to be better people."

Everyone wants a better life: very few of us want to be better people.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Being content is perhaps no less easy than playing the violin well: and requires no less practice."

Being content is perhaps no less easy than playing the violin well: and requires no less practice.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Most anger stems from feelings of weakness, sadness and fear: hard to remember when one is at the receiving end of its defiant roar."

Most anger stems from feelings of weakness, sadness and fear: hard to remember when one is at the receiving end of its defiant roar.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess."

Every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle."

Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet."

Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents."

As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Envy: a confused, tangled guide to one's own ambitions."

Envy: a confused, tangled guide to one's own ambitions.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Maturity: knowing where you're crazy, trying to warn others of the fact and striving to keep yourself under control."

Maturity: knowing where you're crazy, trying to warn others of the fact and striving to keep yourself under control.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Work is most fulfilling when you're at the comfortable, exciting edge of not quite knowing what you are doing."

Work is most fulfilling when you're at the comfortable, exciting edge of not quite knowing what you are doing.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person."

The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We keep a special place in our hearts for people who refuse to be impressed by us."

We keep a special place in our hearts for people who refuse to be impressed by us.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Although I don't believe in God, Bach's music shows me what a love of God must feel like."

Although I don't believe in God, Bach's music shows me what a love of God must feel like.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease."

We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "It is by finding out what something is not that one comes closest to understanding what it is."

It is by finding out what something is not that one comes closest to understanding what it is.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly."

Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "We should not feel embarrassed by our difficulties, only by our failure to grow anything beautiful from them."

We should not feel embarrassed by our difficulties, only by our failure to grow anything beautiful from them.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "True love is a lack of desire to check one's smartphone in another's presence."

True love is a lack of desire to check one's smartphone in another's presence.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Must being in love always mean being in pain?"

Must being in love always mean being in pain?



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "Literature deserves its prestige for one reason above all others - because it's a tool to help us live and die with a little bit more wisdom, goodness, and sanity."

Literature deserves its prestige for one reason above all others - because it's a tool to help us live and die with a little bit more wisdom, goodness, and sanity.



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: "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: "The blunt large questions become connected to smaller, apparently esoteric ones."

The blunt large questions become connected to smaller, apparently esoteric ones.



Alain De Botton Quotes: "An argument in a couple: 2 people attempting to introduce each other to important truths - by panicked shouting."

An argument in a couple: 2 people attempting to introduce each other to important truths - by panicked shouting.



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: "Paying tax should be framed as a glorious civic duty worthy of gratitude - not a punishment for making money."

Paying tax should be framed as a glorious civic duty worthy of gratitude - not a punishment for making money.