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I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts,
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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 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

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

My mother was the influence in my life.
She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate
triumph of justice and hard work.
She believed passionately in education.
- John H. Johnson

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing
to please and glorify the Divine Being,
to be in every respect conformed to him,
and in that way to enjoy him.
- David Brainerd

I am passionately opposed to capital punishment,
and I have been all my life.
- Richard Attenborough

I'm not politically motivated.
I used to be - passionately.
I used to be very Left wing.
Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle.
- Guy Ritchie

I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works.
And if you want to know about this thing called the
United States of America you have to know about the Civil War.
- Ken Burns

I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely
and just work within the visual arts in some way.
I started painting quite passionately at that time.
- David Bowie

I think we should be passionately curious about what we do.
- Mariel Hemingway

One I've been passionately committed to,
of course, is women's ministry; I believe solidly in
it as a Gospel issue and we've found our way through that.
- George Carey

I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability.
- Prince Charles

Being religious means asking passionately the question
of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers,
even if the answers hurt.
- Paul Tillich

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe
in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor
any membership in literature.
- John Steinbeck

Well, I was passionately curious about what my body was doing,
and when I got the lessons on how to meditate,
it seemed really solid to me.
It seemed real.
- Mariel Hemingway

From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician.
I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else.
- John Philip Sousa

Good business leaders create a vision,
articulate the vision, passionately own the vision,
and relentlessly drive it to completion.
- Thomas Hardy

Men who care passionately for women attach themselves
at least as much to the temple and to the accessories
of the cult as to their goddess herself.
- Marguerite Yourcenar

We believe very passionately that an international
approach is necessary to achieve some of these goals.
- Robert Menendez

I am a wanderer passionately in love with life.
- Aleksandr I. Kuprin

The best reason to make a film is that you feel passionately about it.
- Jodie Foster

Even though mother's issues are not front page news,
they touch us all personally, some more than others,
and I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement.
- Joan Blades

Heroism on command, senseless violence,
and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -
how passionately I hate them!
- Albert Einstein

I do not think white America is committed to granting
equality to the American Negro.
This is a passionately racist country;
it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
- Susan Sontag

I have a garden, and I'm passionately interested in young people.
- Mary Wesley

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed,
will not suffice.
Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption
about the human condition.
- E. O. Wilson

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have
often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it
into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.
- Giacomo Casanova

I miss animation very passionately.
Not continuously, but every once in a while I would die to do another film.
- Ralph Bakshi

It's great when you have people who will speak passionately
and honestly about what they are doing.
- Samantha Bee

It's passionately interesting for me that the things
that I learned in a small town,
in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
- Margaret Thatcher

Labels don't mean anything to me.
I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to.
If they want to call that cool, that's fine.
Just spell the name right, is the formula.
- Lee Konitz

The West German population would protest passionately
if it knew what secret meetings between the federal chancellor,
McCoy, and foreign and Nazi generals are planning.
- Walter Ulbricht

Orwell was the sort of man who was full of grievances.
He was very loyal.
Once he got to know you, he was extremely loyal.
He hated passionately and irrationally.
- George Woodcock

Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven,
writing poetry.
I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great
refuge through adolescence.
- Harry Mathews

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist,
we create it.
The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
- Franz Kafka

I think that maybe that's my weakness,
in that I don't know how to do it, so I just do what
I do and try to do it as passionately and as well as I can.
- Aaron Eckhart

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately
in the palpably not true.
It is the chief occupation of mankind.
- H. L. Mencken

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change,
its color, its movement.
To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,
to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle.
- Arthur Rubinstein

I passionately hate the idea of being with it;
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
- Orson Welles

I just feel passionately about a few things and particularly
about helping artists get off the ground.
- Jane Badler

Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.
- Katharine Hepburn

I love music passionately.
And because I love it I try to free it from barren
traditions that stifle it.
- Claude Debussy

I'm just passionately in love with my kids.
- Sheena Easton

I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause
of equality within the human family.
- Theodore Bikel

People who passionately want to believe that the world
is basically simple react to this with a fury that
goes beyond what I consider appropriate for discussing a programming language.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Many of those who once were so passionately in love
with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests.
They're burdened down with stress and problems,
chasing after riches and the things of this world.
- David Wilkerson

Moveon is not a one-way broadcast media.
The Internet, when used best, is a two-way media.
We have a forum in which people can post comments and
those comments can be rated.
We get a sense of what people feel most passionately about.
- Joan Blades

At my age the only problem is with remembering names.
When I call everyone darling, it has damn all to do
with passionately adoring them,
but I know I'm safe calling them that.
Although, of course, I adore them too.
- Richard Attenborough

I respect people who feel things passionately.
I do.
But when someone is a judge, that is not what they
should bring to the bench.
It is not really passion, except in rare instances,
that serves the bench well.
It is, rather, an ability to understand the law and follow it.
- Charles Schumer

I just owe almost everything to my father and it's
passionately interesting for me that the things that
I learned in a small town,
in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
- Margaret Thatcher

We must recognize the fact that many Nazis,
Marxists and Fascists believe passionately in their fundamental rightness,
and allow nothing to hinder them from their goal in
the pursuit of their mission.
- Dorothy Day

I take this art very seriously and passionately.
I love what I do.
You can't help but grow.
That's not to say you don't make mistakes or make bad choices,
but that's part of the art.
Painters paint bad paintings.
- Christopher Meloni

The president is being denounced for not taking the
kind of pre-emptive action in Afghanistan that he has
been so passionately denounced for taking in Iraq.
Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
- Ferdinand Mount

Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children,
working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas,
being passionately involved in conservation,
recycling and solar energy.
- Blythe Danner

Japan is the only country in the world to have suffered
the ravages of atomic bombing.
That experience left an indelible mark on the hearts of our people,
making them passionately determined to renounce all wars.
- Eisaku Sato

Maybe you are the "cool" generation If coolness means
a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service
of ends passionately believed in,
then it has my admiration.
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready
to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -
a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals.
I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs
and wishes of those outside the power structure.
And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic
party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.
- Camille Paglia


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