Alain De Botton
Writer; most recently of 'Religion for Atheists'.
It can take only a few perceptive things someone says for them to win a surprisingly tenacious place in one's heart.
A long interview on Swiss TV about Religion for Atheists: http://t.co/lsza5jRXux
Love your children reliably and they'll outgrow you. Ignore them, and they'll be obsessed with you for life.
One of the finest protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.
Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, kinds of sky, smells, textures of carpet...
How mean to buy only as many books as one will actually have time to read.
Because life so often seems incomprehensible, books one hardly understands can seem closer to the mark than those one can.
Hypochondria: merely a creative imaginative response to the deeply improbable nature of being alive.
The more capable a child is of surviving without its parents, the more s/he dares to find them annoying.
Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we're reading it at the right moment for us.
Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing at all trumps the terror of doing it badly.
The boldness of middle-aged seducers isn't confidence; just an increased fear of death.
The double betrayal of many a liberal arts education: neither teaches you how to live, nor how to make a living.
Maturity: to move from 'I hate X' to 'I'm sad X doesn't want to know me.'
Life is like a party where guests try to ignore a concealed sniper who takes them out one by one.
'The man who first flung a word of abuse at his enemy instead of a spear was the founder of civilization' Freud
When trying to get someone's attention, so much easier to send them a msg than disturb them in person from their smartphone.
What was the first thing one used to do on waking up before the phone came into one's life?
Another interesting job on offer at The School of Life, that of 'art therapist': http://t.co/ZLGOGJn9MW