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Alain de Botton Quotes

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As for despair, it... As for despair, it comes about when I have been a fool and hate myself and despair of my personality. I am prone to gloom, but not depression as such.
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I do think that... I do think that travel can be part of a journey of inner maturation, but you've got to do it right.
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I was foreign and... I was foreign and Jewish, with a funny name, and was very small and hated sport, a real problem at an English prep school. So the way to get round it was to become the school joker, which I did quite effectively - I was always fooling around to make the people who would otherwise dump me in the loo laugh.
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The largest part of... The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.
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The thing is that... The thing is that love gives us a ringside seat on somebody else's flaws, so of course you're gonna spot some things that kinda need to be mentioned. But often the romantic view is to say, 'If you loved me, you wouldn't criticise me.' Actually, true love is often about trying to teach someone how to be the best version of themselves.
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Travel is a lot... Travel is a lot like love.
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