Quotes by Alain de Botton

"Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us."
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"Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them."
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"The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be."
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"One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy."
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"Every fall into love involves the triumph of hope over self-knowledge. We fall in love hoping we won't find in another what we know is in ourselves, all the cowardice, weakness, laziness, dishonesty, compromise, and stupidity. We throw a cordon of love around the chosen one and decide that everything within it will somehow be free of our faults. We locate inside another a perfection that eludes us within ourselves, and through our union with the beloved hope to maintain (against the evidence of all self-knowledge) a precarious faith in our species."
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Books by Alain de Botton

  • The Course of Love
  • 29,452 ratings
  • April 28th 2016 by Hamish Hamilton

    (first published March 2016)

  • On Love
  • 24,520 ratings
  • January 6th 2006 by Grove Press

    (first published November 1993)

  • The Art of Travel
  • 20,884 ratings
  • May 11th 2004 by Vintage

    (first published May 2nd 2002)

  • Status Anxiety
  • 14,297 ratings
  • May 10th 2005 by Vintage

    (first published 2004)

Alain de Botton
  • Alain de Botton

  • Born: in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Description: Alain de Botton is a writer and television producer who lives in London and aims to make philosophy relevant to everyday life. He can be contacted by email directly via www.alaindebotton.com He is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. It's a style of writing that has been termed a 'philosophy of everyday life.'His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love. The style of the book was unusual, because it mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non-fiction. It's a book of which many readers are still fondest.Bibliography:* Essays In Love (1993)* The Romantic Movement (1994)* Kiss and Tell (1995)* How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997)* The Consolations of Philosophy (2000)* The Art of Travel (2002)* Status Anxiety (2004)* The Architecture of Happiness (2006)* The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (2009)

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