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In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

I sometimes think God allows Great Britain to be unprincipled for the good of mankind.
- Julia Ward Howe

I can't accept collective responsibility for the decision
to commit Britain now to military action in Iraq without
international agreement or domestic support.
- Robin Cook

Essentially we need a new social consensus for economic
reform as New Labour has achieved in Britain.
- Peter Mandelson

The support in Britain made a big difference.
- Louise Woodward

Blacks in the Caribbean, Britain, Canada and sub-Saharan
Africa as well as in the United States have low IQ
scores relative to whites.
- J. Philippe Rushton

In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history:
in Britain,
as an extension of conversation.
- Anthony Sampson

Margaret Thatcher, growing up in a bombed and battered Britain,
derived a distrust which has grown with the years not
just of Germany but of all continental Europe.
- Douglas Hurd

Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away
from what we promised Britain.
So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real
way in the recovery of Russia.
- W. Averell Harriman

I don't think there are really enough meetings in Britain
for our athletes to compete properly,
and because of this a lot of the talent we have has been stunted.
- Linford Christie

The political health of Britain has deteriorated very sharply.
The Conservative Party must do something about it.
I am the man to do it.
- Kenneth Clarke

MRSA, which is a kind of super bug mutant,
is killing 10,000 people a year in Britain.
- George Galloway

Britain in the 1970s was undoubtedly an economic mess
because of the oil price explosion.
- Barbara Castle

The young Japanese, especially, love to wear the latest
thing and when they come to London they head for my
shops as part of what they want to find in Britain.
- Vivienne Westwood

Galvanised into action by the second trial,
I was determined to change Britain's archaic sex laws.
- Cynthia Payne

In the first six to twelve months of a war with the
United States and Great Britain I will run wild and
win victory upon victory.
- Isoroku Yamamoto

By the end of the 1970s Britain was in a mess.
- Kenneth Baker

Britain leads the way in fund raising.
I am so proud of Britain.
- Sharon Osbourne

We must honestly face our relationship with Great Britain.
- Wendell Willkie

Without Britain, Europe would remain only a torso.
- Ludwig Erhard

I was pretty much grown-up by the time I attended school in Britain -
or as grown-up as I'll ever get.
- Walter Jon Williams

Will you permit the sacred fire of liberty,
brought by your fathers from the venerable temples of Britain,
to be quenched and trodden out on the simple altars they have raised?
- Joseph Howe

The reason is that a military defeat of Britain will
bring about the disintegration of the British Empire.
This would not be of any benefit to Germany.
- Franz Halder

There's a civic nationalism in Britain and dozens of other countries.
- Michael Ignatieff

I'm not sure it pays to do anything remotely public in Britain.
It's such a spiteful society.
People seem to enjoy making your life hard for the sake of it.
- Andrew Eldritch

Although I get so much fan mail from Great Britain,
tell me, am I more famous there than Michael Madsen?
- Tom Sizemore

There is more than enough room in the world for Germany and Britain.
- John Amery

The Romans held Britain from the invasion of Julius
Caesar till their voluntary withdrawal from the island,
A.D.
420,- that is, about five hundred years.
- Thomas Bulfinch

I've never been one to say that Britain was joining
a happy band of brothers.
- James Callaghan

Most independent filmmakers in Britain and North America
work for commercial crews and then have their own projects
when they've got enough money saved up to do so.
- Ann Macbeth

When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain,
sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles,
- but never England.
- George Mikes

What Britain needs is an iron lady.
- Margaret Thatcher

If a terrorist group wanted to hit Britain,
all they'd have to do is kill 100 random celebrities.
The country would have a nervous breakown.
- Chris Morris

America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr

Each year India and China produce four million graduates
compared with just over 250,000 in Britain.
- Gordon Brown

People in America, when listening to radio,
like to lean forward.
People in Britain like to lean back.
- Alistair Cooke

It was one of those great miracles of history that
they managed to smuggle an Enigma machines out to Britain
just before they were invaded by the Nazis.
- Michael Apted

They don't think we're in touch with modern Britain,
or understand modern Britain or like modern Britain.
- Francis Maude

The moral of filmmaking in Britain is that you will
be screwed by the weather.
- Hugh Grant

Yesterday, the president met with a group he calls
the coalition of the willing.
Or, as the rest of the world calls them,
Britain and Spain.
- Jon Stewart

The role of Italy and of Austria has diminished as
has that of France and Britain;
Germany and Japan have suffered catastrophically.
- Emily Greene Balch

First of all, when you live in a country like Canada,
it's quite different from America in the sense that
it's very tied to traditions that were born in Britain.
- Geddy Lee

We really need to stop the imperialist tendencies of
countries like the United States and Great Britain.
- Cindy Sheehan

Well, I've had my fair share in Britain of battling the tabloids.
- Elton John

Cambridge is thriving and Britain is working.
We have been telling people - 'if you value it,
vote for it' - and this is particularly relevant in Cambridge.
- Anne Campbell

After all we did for Britain, selling that corduroy and making it swing,
all we got was a bit of tin on a piece of leather.
- George Harrison

Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.
- Dean Acheson

Britain will be honoured by historians more for the
way she disposed of an empire than for the way in which she acquired it.
- Lord Harlech

We need to show that we know and understand and can reflect today's Britain.
Today we don't.
- Francis Maude

What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.
- David Lloyd George

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half.
The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.
- John Major

Britain, which in the years immediately before this
war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed,
is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
- J. B. Priestley

Contemporary Britain seems an endlessly fascinating place to me -
but if I knew a little bit more about other places,
and other times, maybe it wouldn't.
- Jonathan Coe

Britain is not a country that is easily rocked by revolution...
In Britain our institutions evolve.
We are a Fabian Society writ large.
- William Hamilton

Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.
- Harold MacMillan

At the beginning of the twentieth century,
every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west,
and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.
- Karen Armstrong


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