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Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
by 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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

All paths are the same, leading nowhere.
Therefore, pick a path with heart!
- Carlos Castaneda

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
- John Muir

Happiness is a choice.
You grieve, you stomp your feet,
you pick yourself up and choose to be happy.
- Lucy Lawless

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Can you achieve your goals?
You can't reach your goal if you haven't
defined your goals.
And you can't succeed if you don't try -
and then pick yourself up
and try again each time you fail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Release your burdens - your fears, regrets,
guilts, shames, embarrassments, angers.
One by one, pick up each memory or fear that troubles you,
hold it close, and release it to the Universe.
Release each incident from your past that still bothers you.
Release each fear - your fears about your health,
your family, your job, and every other fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
- Mae West

I'm not the smartest fellow in the world,
but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises,
pick up the horn and play.
- Herb Alpert

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare,
and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
- Anton Chekhov

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up.
Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
- Winston Churchill

Employees make the best dates.
You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
- Andy Warhol

We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you,
down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy
going back to pick it up.
- Tommy Bolt

Revolutionaries do not make revolutions.
The revolutionaries are those who know when power is
lying in the street and then they can pick it up.
- Hannah Arendt

So now I feel I'm lucky in the respect that I can sort
of pick a little more carefully,
which is tricky because as a black actress,
there aren't that many roles to pick from.
- Rachel True

I really worked with icons in the music business,
which really had a strong effect on me.
It wasn't just pick-up gigs.
- Kevin Eubanks

I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder,
and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school
as a first-round draft pick in 1981.
I turned them down to go to college.
- Bo Jackson

You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree.
- John N. Mitchell

All my musical foundations go back to the age of 3.
My family tell me that I used to listen to the old crystal set,
then go to the piano and pick out the tune that I just heard.
- George Shearing

Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.
- Paul Dirac

I think first impressions are important when you pick up a script.
- Dennis Farina

Americans love our shoes and us Brits love that we
can always pick up a bargain when in the US.
- Lisa Snowdon

It's easier to pick off a fast runner than to pick off a lazy runner.
- Vin Scully

In fact, Cannonball Run II.
I used to pick that as the worst movie ever made.
- Gene Siskel

Being a hooker does not mean being evil.
The same with a pick-pocket, or even a thief.
You do what you do out of necessity.
- Samuel Fuller

I've got to pick myself up Dust myself off And start all over again.
- Peter Tosh

That's the way both they and I travel sometimes.
Pick road at random, and when it's time to pull over,
you pull over and hope you can find a place to crash.
- Jello Biafra

As a standup, I try to change the world.
As an entertainer, I try to entertain.
And as a lesbian, I try to pick up the prettiest girl in the room.
- Lea DeLaria

If the police ever try to pick me up,
Michael Jackson told me I can hide out at his house.
- Gilbert Gottfried

Led Zeppelin was pretty much what made me pick up drum sticks.
- Jon Fishman

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try.
I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my
pen every weekday morning.
- Anne Tyler

Trying to make order out of my life was like trying to pick up a jellyfish.
- Gene Tierney

I pick good women, but I haven't had any luck with my men.
- Elizabeth Arden

I think it would be bizarre to pick somebody to speak
at the convention based on their sexual preference,
because once you go down that road, why don't you pick a transvestite?
- Gary Bauer

Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion...
the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.
- Dorothea Lange

For me Brazilian music is the perfect mix of melody and rhythm.
It just bubbles rhythmically.
If I had to pick just one music style to play if would be Brazilian.
- Herbie Mann

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers.
If you're playing rock, you use a pick.
There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than
that's just the way it has been.
- Kevin Eubanks

I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard.
- George Eads

Oh, what a shock.
My career must be slipping.
This is the first time I've been available to pick up an award.
- Michael Caine

Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up
some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.
- Iris Murdoch

Mary Stewart will always be my goddess.
I can pick up one of her early books -
one I've read a dozen times -
and still slide right into the story.
- Nora Roberts

You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes
into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.
- Michael Wilding

I don't think I've ever laid out a batch of songs that
pick myself apart the way that these do.
- Richard Marx

I'm in the position to pick the cream of the crop.
- Graeme Murphy

I pick up the New York Times or Time and it's talking
about the latest rock group,
which I'm sure is exciting to some people,
but it neglects a huge area of music.
- George Crumb

I never was really into comics as a child,
and I think if you miss the boat when you're a kid,
you don't necessarily pick up on it when you're an adult.
- Victoria Pratt

We kinda like to pick you up and throw you on the ground.
That's our thing.
- Bobby Sheehan

I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents.
- Gloria Swanson

I had a quick ear and could pick up languages.
- Diane Cilento

I don't have a no-trade clause.
I figure someone is going to pick me up.
- Bobby Bonilla


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