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Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
by Alain de Botton

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

 

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
- Alain de Botton

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

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We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
secure the respect and attention of people who would
otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life.
Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our
own projects and priorities -
and we should take care.
- Alain de Botton

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into
problems of envy and competition.
But all this is just in a day's work for a writer.
You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool.
Oh, well.
- Alain de Botton

The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
it's a war between two peoples who feel deeply humiliated by the other,
who want the other to respect them.
Battles over status can be even more intractable than
those over land or water or oil.
- Alain de Botton

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing.
It's always surprised me how little attention many
non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts,
it's also how you say it - that the success of your
argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.
- Alain de Botton

We are certainly influenced by role models,
and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people,
we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important -
just as in the Middle Ages,
people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
- Alain de Botton

Serial killers are everywhere!
Well, perhaps not in our neighborhood,
but on our television screens, at the movie theatres,
and in rows and rows of books at our local Borders
or Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
- Pat Brown

I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing,
so that it is now possible for any writer with a book
to get it published at nominal cost or free,
and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
- Piers Anthony

In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print,
stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women.
- Sara Paretsky

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

The only real valuable thing is intuition.
- Albert Einstein

Nothing is more valuable than your self respect.
When you lose respect for yourself, you have lost everything.
Whatever it takes, and whoever you upset,
do what you know - deep inside - is the right thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

The most intense conflicts, if overcome,
leave behind a sense of security and calm
that is not easily disturbed.
It is just these intense conflicts
and their conflagration
which are needed to produce
valuable and lasting results.
- Carl Jung

Age is how we determine how valuable you are.
- Jane Elliot

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense
of what not to believe.
- Euripides

A good reputation is more valuable than money.
- Publilius Syrus

All that is valuable in human society
depends upon the opportunity for development
accorded the individual.
- Albert Einstein

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
- Carlos Santana

The Queen is usually reckoned equal,
in average situations,
to two Rooks and a Pawn, but towards the end of a game
she is hardly so valuable as two Rooks.
- Howard Staunton

I am more valuable to my team hitting .330 then swinging for home runs.
- Roberto Clemente

There is only one valuable thing in art:
the thing you cannot explain.
- Georges Braque

No, I do not want to sacrifice four days for two games.
My time is too valuable to do that.
- Anatoly Karpov

The spirit of resistance to government
is so valuable on certain occasions
that I wish it to be always kept alive.
- Thomas Jefferson

The conservative who resists change is as valuable
as the radical who proposes it.
- Ariel Durant

Why would I lose sleep when I really need valuable
sleep just to recuperate and come back and do my job?
- Christine Baranski

Creativity is an advertising agency's most valuable asset,
because it is the rarest.
- Jef I. Richards

And the Institute sent me a little film footage of
Kinsey himself preparing to do an interview for television to talk about his work,
so that was quite valuable for me.
- Liam Neeson

Children are our most valuable natural resource.
- Herbert Hoover

At this late hour a wagon has been procured,
and I have had it filled with plate and the most valuable portable articles,
belonging to the house.
- Dolley Madison

Beauty is only skin deep, but it's a valuable asset
if you're poor or haven't any sense.
- Vernon Howard

Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist.
That's probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year.
- Brad Holland

Faith given back to us after a night of doubt is a stronger thing,
and far more valuable to us than faith that has never been tested.
- Elizabeth Goudge

You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile,
significant person even though your present circumstances
may have you feeling otherwise.
- James Newman

We prefer synthetic rather than natural materials.
Natural products are almost too valuable.
Wood is much harder to produce than metal.
And metal is recyclable, while wood isn't.
- Helmut Jahn

Goodness makes greatness truly valuable,
and greatness make goodness much more serviceable.
- Matthew Henry

Business wise, I have always learned valuable lessons
so I don't regret any decisions I have made.
- Kiana Tom

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it
is the cheapest way of selling goods,
particularly if the goods are worthless.
- Sinclair Lewis

The most valuable of all education is the ability to
make yourself do the thing you have to do,
when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
- Aldous Huxley

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.
- Edgar Watson Howe

As every thread of gold is valuable,
so is every moment of time.
- John Mason

Once we start collecting, the more you have,
the more it gets valuable and that will stop us from
responding to the present and taking on new ideas what
the artists are doing now.
- David Elliott

The preparation I had in college was the most valuable.
- Hayden Fry

If you realize too acutely how valuable time is,
you are too paralyzed to do anything.
- Katharine Butler Hathaway

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice;
had I abided by it I might have been saved from some
of my most valuable mistakes.
- Edna St.
Vincent Millay

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time,
any place, is more valuable than to fix bolts in cars
or design nuclear weapons.
- Marilyn French

The byproduct is sometimes more valuable than the product.
- Henry Ellis

Women artists need to break barriers in order for women's
experience to be valuable.
- Liz Phair

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the 9/11 Commission
members for their valuable service and important recommendations
to improve homeland security.
- Jim Ramstad

For boredom speaks the language of time,
and it is to teach you the most valuable lesson of your life -
the lesson of your utter insignificance.
- Joseph Brodsky

In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball,
and the most valuable player in the league.
- Julius Erving

Write down the thoughts of the moment.
Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
- Francis Bacon

When you are on assignment, film is the least expensive
thing in a very practical sense.
Your time, the person's time, turns out to be the most valuable thing.
- Annie Leibovitz

Part of my plan was not only to introduce all useful
animals that I possibly could into this part of Australia,
but also the most valuable plants of every description.
- George Grey

Annexation is probably the most valuable tool a city
has to ensure orderly growth and development.
- Jeff Hawkins

I noticed every time I spent a lot of time in the bathtub,
I would just get fantastic realizations about myself,
and they were so valuable and liberating.
- Leonard Orr

Maine's long and cold winters may help keep our State's population low,
but our harsh climate also accounts for what is unique
and valuable about our land and our people.
- Tom Allen

There was a subtlety about Peggy Lee.
It was powerful.
There was a valuable use of space.
Everything was not cluttered.
Her voice was out front and was the key instrument.
- Rita Coolidge

How valuable NBC Magazine was in my career is questionable.
- Jessica Savitch

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
- Theophrastus

In fact, the individual outlook becomes less and less
valuable and more and more harmful unless it is transmitted
into the corporate outlook.
- John Grierson


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