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I am conscious of trying to stretch the ...
by 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 was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Happiness comes from a conscious choice to live life joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To be conscious that you are ignorant
is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation
of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An ounce of conscious choice is worth a pound of good fortune.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

Life change comes about in two complementary ways -
the "aha" moment, which occurs in a flash of insight;
and the conscious redesigning of habitual behaviors,
which is a lifelong project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day is a day to take action.
Whatever your choices, take action on those choices.
Taking no action is equally a choice,
just not a choice made from awareness.
Make conscious choices,
and take action on those choices - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will always have habits -
things you do regularly and without conscious thought -
but you do have the ability to CHOOSE your habits.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make a conscious choice to live
a serene and stress-free life.
Stress is always waiting just outside your door
like a vicious wild-dog.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
- Carl Jung

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pain is what the world inflicts upon us.
Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail
to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have an instinctive fear of the unseen.
Make a conscious effort to discover
and embrace the unfamiliar -
to view the unknown not as a lurking monster,
but as a glorious adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Heaven is within us, and we experience it
to the degree that we become conscious of it.
- Ernest Holmes

A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action.
A life lived of chance is a life of unconscious creation.
- Neale Donald Walsch

We try to realize the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit,
whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our mind.
- Rabindranath Tagore

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being,
and remain conscious - and you are meditating.
And then meditation is not separate from life.
- Osho

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of,
we have a special face for each friend.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
- Joyce Brothers

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents
that press upward from the unconscious.
- Carl Jung

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every day is a good day to make a resolution
for beginning a new way of living,
but the New Year's Day holiday provides a good focus
for reviewing our lives and resolving
to live each day with conscious attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think that the majority of messages are validating
messages to confirm the survival of conscious.
And many times that validation message is negative or sad.
- John Edward

I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world.
I don't think that's a painter's business.
He just paints paintings without a conscious reason.
- Jasper Johns

We are all very individual.
You have to find out what you can do best,
and be self-conscious about that.
- Joshua Lederberg

One half-conscious thought was burned in my mind:
stay on your feet.
- Gene Tunney

I have two books that were published quite some time ago.
I start to read about three sentences.
I have to close it.
I am so self-conscious.
Who did I think I was?
- Patty Duke

When I write I simply follow my heart.
And my flights of fantasy.
It is not done with a conscious effort.
I'm continually inspired and write reflexively.
- Kim Elizabeth

Our unconscious is not more animal than our conscious,
it is often even more human.
- Edward Bond

Whatever you dwell on in the conscious grows in your experience.
- Brian Tracy

Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious
or subconscious tendencies,
form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience.
- Muhammad Iqbal

We can have technology, prosperity, nice homes and cars,
but at the same time we must be conscious of what we
are dumping into the water,
the air and our food.
- Kevin Richardson

When I was very young, I used to share much of what I wrote with my family,
but as I got older and more self-conscious,
it became a much more private process.
- Anita Desai

The greatest impediments to changes in our traditional
roles seem to lie not in the visible world of conscious intent,
but in the murky realm of the unconscious mind.
- Augustus Y. Napier

There are only three events in a man's life;
birth,
life, and death; he is not conscious of being born,
he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra.
In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.
- Fran Lebowitz

Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner
diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.
- Emile M. Cioran

In Buddhism there are words you can say...
as you say the words with rhythm the conscious tells the subconscious.
- Tina Turner

Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming:
you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
- Lionel Trilling

I make no conscious effort to be tough,
or hard-boiled, or grim, or any of the things I am usually called.
- James M. Cain

In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years,
I began to think about the world, and to think about
the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.
- Julius Erving

As a consequence while we had a roof over our heads,
food on the table, and clothes to wear to school we
were constantly conscious of being of modest means.
- Robert B. Laughlin

We're not as materialistic and income-tax conscious as we think.
At the moment our superstitions are tucked away,
but come out sometimes in strange ways sex crimes,
black masses.
- Terence Fisher

I think my voice worked out fine, but it was a lot of work for me.
And I was very self-conscious about it.
I was a bit self-conscious about writing lyrics too.
- Jerry Harrison

Dancehall is just like hip-hop in that it doesn't always talk about bling;
it talks about conscious issues.
- Sean Paul

Just as everybody has the vote including women,
I think children should, because as a child is conscious
of itself then it has to me an existence and has a stake in what happens.
- Gertrude Stein

Being abroad makes you conscious of the whole imitative side of human behavior.
The ape in man.
- Mary McCarthy

We all self-conscious.
I'm just the first to admit it.
- Kanye West


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