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Alain De Botton

Alain de Botton, FRSL (/d??b?t?n/; born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss-born, British-based philosopher, writer, and television presenter. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. At 23, he published Essays in Love (1993), which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), Status Anxiety (2004) and The Architecture of Happiness (2006)

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The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status: it's a war between two peopl ...

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I was foreign and Jewish, with a funny name, and was very small and hated sport, a real problem at a ...

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On paper, being good sounds great but a lot depends on the atmosphere of the workplace or community ...

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There are people who say, 'Oh this guy is quite thick.' I think the reason is that, increasingly, I ...

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A city like London is sociable in a sense that there are people gathering in bars and restaurants, c ...

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It's very hard to respect people on holiday - everybody looks so silly at the beach, it makes you ha ...

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The arrogance that says analysing the relationship between reasons and causes is more important than ...

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Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level. Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentia ...

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I am not a foodie, thank goodness. I will eat pretty much anything. A lot of my friends are getting ...

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I assemble my ideas in pieces on a computer file, then gradually find a place for them on a piece of ...

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There are few more effective ways to promote tolerance between suspicious neighbours than to force t ...

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My greatest joy comes from creativity: from feeling that I have been able to identify a certain aspe ...

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When work is not going well, it's useful to remember that our identities stretch beyond what is on t ...

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Work is a way of bringing order to chaos, and there's a basic satisfaction in seeing that we are abl ...

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What bothers me is that there is so much emphasis on food, rather than gathering and meeting - so th ...

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