The Consolations of Philosophy

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


Nothing satisfies the man who is not satisfied with a little.

The Consolations of Philosophy
Being incomprehensible offers unparalleled protection against having nothing to say... but writing with simplicity requires courage, for there is a danger that one will be overlooked, dismissed as simpleminded by those with a tenacious belief that the impassable prose is a hallmark of intelligence.

The Consolations of Philosophy
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The Consolations of Philosophy

Alain de Botton


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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."