Alain De Botton
Writer; most recently deviser of http://t.co/ftJIoTfgGa Founder; htt1
The good parent: someone who doesn't mind, for a time, being hated by their children.
The good writers put a finger on emotions deeply our own but that we could never have described on our own.
The moment we cry in films isn't so much when it's sad; but full of the tenderness, kindness and forgiveness we long for.
Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs - I think - to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.
Surprised to learn I might inadvertently have produced a gift for the royal family's christmas lunch: http://t.co/jptOsFHhMv
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.