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We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
by 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 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

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

 

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

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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 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

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

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

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The means we use must be as pure
as the ends we seek.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We seek opinions that are likely to
support what we want to be true.
- Thomas Gilovich

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- The Buddha

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In our willingness to give that which we seek,
we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
- Deepak Chopra

We live in a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I constantly seek excellence
in all domains that truly matter to me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth.
You must give some time to your fellow man.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
- Albert Schweitzer

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture...
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Seek not outside yourself.
- A Course in Miracles

Don't seek God in temples.
He is close to you.
He is within you.
Only you should surrender to Him
and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.
It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience,
something that never has been and never could
have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

If you are walking to seek, ye shall find.
- Sommeil Liberosensa

Do not seek the because -
in love there is no because,
no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
- Anais Nin

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love,
of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God -
the rest will be given.
- Mother Teresa

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

I seek a deeper truth, but I don't think I have to
go to a building designated for worship to find it.
- Ted Lange

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

Let us seek to invoke the wonders of science ...
explore the stars, conquer the deserts,
eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths,
and encourage the arts and commerce.
- John F. Kennedy

You leave home to seek your fortune and,
when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.
- Anita Baker

We fear the unknown,
perhaps more than we fear anything else,
and yet we are, at heart, adventurers.
We seek to expand our realm of knowledge and dominion.
Perhaps we are attempting to overcome and crush the unknown,
but our duel with the unknown is such a one-sided clash
that we must know in our hearts
that our adventure is no more than a child's game.
Perhaps we hope that the unknown
is like the darkness of a cave
and that the brief light of our adventurer's candle
can illuminate the entire cave.
Nonetheless, the path of the adventurer
is a path of joy, while the way of fear is one of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek home for rest, for home is best.
- Thomas Tusser

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

If you seek truth, you will not seek
victory by dishonorable means,
and if you find truth, you will become invincible.
- Epictetus

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
- Marilyn Monroe

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in
response to a majority directive.
- Milton Friedman

Some may seek revenge, but this is not our policy.
- Joe Slovo

Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the
world seek each other so that the world may come to being.
- Teilhard de Chardin

If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional,
and common sense continual.
- Robertson Davies

There is no real justification for a requirement that
a budget of any sort should be balanced,
except as a rallying point for those who seek to hamstring government.
- William Vickrey

I discipline churchgoers with godly lessons and sharp
words if they do not change their ways.
My goal is to open their hearts so that they seek forgiveness.
- William Brewster

Men rise from one ambition to another:
first,
they seek to secure themselves against attack,
and then they attack others.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

He who has religion will speak poetry.
But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The older I get, the more I seek to use a plain prose style,
concentrating more on story.
- John Scott

Do not seek for information of which you cannot make use.
- Anna C. Brackett

Despite all the lunacy of the last century,
all the absurdity of war and genocide,
we believe that humans being are rational and are made to seek the truth.
- Timothy Radcliffe

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires,
rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
- John Stuart Mill

All parties without exception, when they seek for power,
are varieties of absolutism.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

In giving advice seek to help, not to please,
your friend.
- Solon


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