Alain Botton Quotes

14 Alain Botton quotes:

"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."
"What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married."
"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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"I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it - that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it."
"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."
"It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do."
"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"
"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."
"I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel."
"I find a welcome interest in the problems of everyday life. I find a humanity and a devotion to using thought to alleviate suffering."
"Architects themselves tend to shy away from the word, preferring instead to talk about the manipulation of space."
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"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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"Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers."
"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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