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It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
by 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

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

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 was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- 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'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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Open your mind, open your heart,
and the way to joy becomes clear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smiling away your troubles requires
a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
- Osho

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

One movement toward light becomes a clear signpost on a long road.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking
becomes clear - nothing is missing.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.
- Dick Raymond

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

Your visions will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

Keep your attention focused entirely
on what is truly your own concern,
and be clear that what belongs to others
is their business and none of yours.
- Epictetus

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Be clear that expectations are demands.
Demanding that life turn out the way we prefer
is a sure path to disappointment and suffering.
Happiness lies in having no expectations,
and accepting life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir

The River of Life flows without emotion.
The River surges. The River quiets.
The River overflows its banks. The River dries to a trickle.
The River swirls and storms. The River becomes calm.
The River runs clear. The River runs dark with silt.
The River is indifferent to what benefit
or what harm is caused by its water.
The River is the River, and that is all there is to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Living in fear of anything is a terrible waste
of what could be a great life.
If you live in fear of losing your job,
either you fear the embarrassment of being jobless,
or you fear the loss of material goods -
house, car, and such.
If you live in fear of losing your stuff and money,
it is clear that they own you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

Design works if it's authentic, inspired,
and has a clear point of view.
It can't be a collection of input.
- Ron Johnson

By polluting clear water with slime you will never
find good drinking water.
- Aeschylus

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
- Roy E. Disney

And let's be clear: It's not enough just to limit ads
for foods that aren't healthy.
It's also going to be critical to increase marketing
for foods that are healthy.
- Michelle Obama

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
- French Proverb

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

Truth is by nature self-evident.
As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance
that surround it, it shines clear.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be clear with yourself about what you mean
in conversations with others, and especially with yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background,
and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
- A. C. Benson

The wine of youth does not always
clear with advancing years;
sometimes it grows turbid.
- Carl Jung

Arguments are healthy.
They clear the air.
- John Deacon

Clear? Huh. Why a four-year-old child
could understand this report.
Run out and find me a four-year-old child,
I can't make head or tail of it.
- the Groucho Marx movie Duck Soup

To keep the body in good health is a duty...
otherwise we shall not be able
to keep our mind strong and clear.
- The Buddha

I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore.
That's one of the things you learn not to know.
- Howard Nemerov

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
- Adam Smith

I carry a notebook full of sketches of pictures I want to take -
they are really scruffy sketches,
but at least I am going out there with a clear objective.
- Nigel Dennis

We must now make clear to Lebanon that it will not benefit from U.S.
assistance and support as long as it harbors this brutal terrorist and murder.
- Jim DeMint

I want you to know that I am innocent -
and that I will fight to clear my name.
- Martha Stewart

One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings,
must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
- Barbara Jordan

John Paul II made it clear that...
liberation theology based on the teaching of Jesus Christ was necessary,
but liberation theology that used a Marxist analysis was unacceptable.
- Claudio Hummes

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing
is clear but the arrogance of quest.
I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
- Franz Grillparzer

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more
in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
- Brian Tracy

You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking
care of his own integrity.
It is his clear duty.
- Joseph Conrad

It's been made clear to all of us that a player should
never leave the playing field and go into the stands.
- Isiah Thomas

As Tony Blair has made clear, our fundamental challenge
is how to make Europe work better.
- John Hutton

We have work to do, and Tuesday Americans sent Washington a clear message -
get the job done.
- Rahm Emanuel

A lot of people asked me if it was frustrating not
having a clear specific diagnosis,
but I didn't mind, I just chose the most optimistic diagnosis.
- Karen Duffy

Be very clear as to what your dream is.
Nowadays it is fairly certain that 90 percent of all
actors really just want to be rich and famous as the
solution to all that ails.
- Dirk Benedict

It is clear that the economy has not gotten better for everyone.
- Jerry Costello

I find it odd that there's such strong objection to
what is a clear way to assure that our elections are
reliable and we can do a recount if there are any questions.
- Joan Blades

It now becomes clear why the Bush Administration has
been vigorously opposing congressional hearings.
The Bush Administration has been engaged in a conspiracy of silence.
- Cynthia McKinney

So now my road map has changed and I don't have a really
clear idea of what the next stops are.
- Linda Vester

I've been very clear.
I won.
I didn't commit the crime.
- O. J. Simpson

This year my role is clear: I am a coach,
a coach to sportsmen.
- Anatoli Boukreev

Roger.
Clear the tower.
I got a pitch and a roll program, and this baby's really going.
- Pete Conrad

I wanted to clear all the lies and let the truth come out.
I have hate crawling through my system.
- Aileen Wuornos

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility,
of the infinitely abundant chaos.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the
national security of the United States.
- Peter King

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.
- Ayrton Senna

The choice, however, is as clear now for nations as
it was once for the individual:
peace or extinction.
- Lester B. Pearson


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