Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny. Alain de Botton True, books can’t be instantly graded like a Tweet. But giving a book at least two years of work enables the author to go deeper and explore the magic wand […]
Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies has been helping people defeat their creative block since the mid-1970s. But Alain de Botton’s The School of Life is taking the concept a bit further and applying the deadlock to other life’s philosophies such as a career crisis, kindness, self-knowledge, calm and confidence.
The only people we can think of as normal are those we don’t yet know very well. — Alain de Botton
“…a decision to avoid people shouldn’t imply that one has no desire whatever for company. It may simply reflect a dissatisfaction with what is available. Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards. In Chamfort’s words: ‘It is sometimes said of a man who lives alone that he does not like society. This is like […]
Inspired by Alain de Button’s tweet, below is a collection of highlights of the word weird from Seth Godin’s 2011 book, We’re All Weird. Weird by choice, on the other hand, flies in the face of the culture of mass and the checklist of normal. The epic battle of our generation is between the status quo […]
On the latest On Being podcast with Krista Tippett, philosopher and best-selling author Alain de Botton talks about his new book Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion. Alain de Botton is an atheist, but his perspective on religion is far more complicated. Instead of debunking religion in thinking that all […]
What we’re seeing today is the fusion of Ancient Greek philosophy and modern philosophy into daily business life. Technology companies like Facebook exist for the purpose of solving the human desire to connect with others. “Facebook is a psychological need to solve loneliness.” AirBnB exists to deliver “happy travel,” not just deliver on the false […]
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” Alain de Botton (see books)
“The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them fully developed in someone else.” — Alain de Botton
“A good picture is a bearer of new information…it advances the state of knowledge.” — Alain De Botton on The News Art is one way to get people to care about the data.
“Work begins when the fear of doing nothing at all finally trumps the terror of doing it badly.” — Alain de Botton
“There is real danger of a disconnect between what’s on your business card and who you are deep inside, and it’s not a disconnect that the world is ready to be patient with.” — Alain de Botton, on status anxiety
I would argue that art matters for therapeutic reasons. It is a medium uniquely well suited to helping us with some of the troubles of inner life: our desire for material things, our fear of the unknown, our longing for love, our need for hope. Art is more than what you see. It’s visceral.
“Enough romanticism about ‘creativity’: it’s about work, confidence, endurance, courage and appetite for suffering.”— Alain de Botton