The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

by Alain de Botton
Switzerland
Born on 20 Dec 1969
Writer / Philosopher

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It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
The true nature of bureaucracy may be nowhere more obvious to the observer than in a developing country, for only there will it still be made manifest by the full complement of documents, files, veneered desks and cabinets - which convey the strict and inverse relationship between productivity and paperwork.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
It is surely significant that the adults who feature in children's books are rarely, if ever, Regional Sales Managers or Building Services Engineers.

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Alain de Botton

 

On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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