Alain De Botton
Writer; most recently deviser of http://t.co/ftJIoTfgGa Founder; htt1
When women say they want a man with a good sense of humour they don't want jokes in general: they want a man who can laugh at himself.
Living Architecture announces a new house in Wales by the architect John Pawson: http://t.co/aZ6Oq41zek
Emotional health isn't about how often one gets into bad relationships: but how quickly one knows to get out.
Emotional narcolepsy: the tendency to switch off whenever others make a demand/start to depend on you: the compulsion to disappoint.
What in the end saves us from perpetual bitterness, anger, regret and longing are our (blessedly) bad memories.
It's so common to want a better life: and so unusual to set out to be a better person.
One of the greatest gifts is that of being good at disappointment: having non persecutory, speedy, resilient emotional digestion.
When someone can't be bothered to think an issue through & vaguely hopes someone else will come up with the answer: they call a meeting.
To love a child so intermittently, it will only dare to show you its good sides. Or so loyally, it will feel safe enough to be vile.
I delivered a 'secular sermon' on the meaning and purpose of art: http://t.co/M7TEoYK57Y
The best guarantor of ending up in a good relationship is the capacity to be alone.
One of the greatest sources of inequality, outside the reach of modern politics: between those in a happy and an unhappy relationship.
Nothing can really get off the ground without a willingness to lay oneself squarely open to ridicule.
Plato's point about philosophers needing to become kings: recognition that the wise need power/glamour: not enough to be starchily clever.
What's really wrong with British media isn't the odd moment of hacking: it is a more nebulous constant sin: a failure of kindness.
Great artists turn horror into tragedy: if Othello had had only the news, we'd feel only contempt: http://t.co/LnOJUpuYzs
A little piece on how I learnt to like twitter: http://t.co/WRWumlup2G