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Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

One does not need buildings, money, power,
or status to practice the Art of Peace.
Heaven is right where you are standing,
and that is the place to train.
- Morihei Ueshiba

The atmosphere at my school was very competitive.
Young girls were competing with each other every day for status,
for leadership, for the affection of the teachers.
I hated it.
- Zhang Ziyi

The political status legislation which emerged in Congress
in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed
for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General.
- Dick Thornburgh

Isn't it amazing how celebrity status preempts even
the most ingrained hatreds?
- Camryn Manheim

I remember the day I found out my draft status.
I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze.
It just hadn't occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam.
- Parker Stevenson

The bicycle is a former child's toy that has now been
elevated to icon status because,
presumably, it can move the human form from pillar
to post without damage to the environment.
- Brock Yates

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
- Warren G. Bennis

The status quo is simply unacceptable.
- Brad Henry

The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed.
- Clark Kerr

I was never a prisoner to my footballing status.
- Michel Patini

My yachts were, I suppose, outstanding status symbols.
- Paul Getty

I didn't want to be discriminated against because of my gender and status.
I promised myself I was never going to be treated as a second-class citizen.
- Bianca Jagger

I just am grateful for every opportunity to go to work.
I don't really focus on celebrity status.
- George Dzundza

The actual Blue Rose murders, which lie at the core of the three novels,
yield various incorrect solutions which assume the status of truth.
- Peter Straub

The status quo helps liberals.
We're going to change the country.
- Howard Dean

Men and women of high professional standing have been
reduced to the status of vagrants.
- Elmer Rice

Attention is the way social primates measure status.
It is highly rewarding because it causes the release
of brain chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins.
- Keith Henson

Without movie parts I was reduced to freak status.
I just couldn't stand it.
- Bela Lugosi

For years my wedding ring has done its job.
It has led me not into temptation.
It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties
that it's time to go home.
It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion.
It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
- Erma Bombeck

I think the sexiest thing on anybody is intelligence.
I respect somebody who has a brain and wants to use
it more than a pretty face and status.
- Sophia Bush

Civil liberty is the status of the man who is guaranteed
by law and civil institutions the exclusive employment
of all his own powers for his own welfare.
- William Graham Sumner

Merely that I have a World Wide Web page does not give me any power,
any abilities, nor any status in the real world.
- Clifford Stoll

I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible
and constructive and substantive manner.
I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op.
- William Baldwin

I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual.
- Emile M. Cioran

For our part, the U.S.
must act quickly to ensure Most Favored Nation status to China.
- Jennifer Dunn

In a way, the sense of quality has improved,
the status symbol of the small things is gone,
and it is acceptable to use stainless steel,
even if the neighbour uses silver.
- Arne Jacobsen

States are like people.
They do not question the awful status quo until some
dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
- Victor Davis Hanson

Listen, I, I did vote - I did cast a vote for health care,
and I also said that I thought the process was horrible.
The status quo before we passed health care was also horrible.
- Michael Bennett

The attainment of the present status of Thailand has
to depend on the ability or the actions of all the
inhabitants of the country.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej

In love as in sport, the amateur status must be strictly maintained.
- Robert Graves

Education in this country is about how to maintain
the status quo and to perpetuate racism.
- Jane Elliot

Hitting is the most important part of the game.
It is where the big money is, where much of the status is,
and the fan interest.
- Ted Williams

I look at every business and ask, How long can this
last? How can I identify the status quo and change it?
- Sheldon Adelson

The people have already determined Chechnya's status at the referendum -
it is a unit of the Russian Federation.
Its political status is not to be discussed any more.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

It will always be a battle a day between those who
want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.
- Gerry Adams

NGOs have a significant role to play,
alongside governments, in improving the status of women.
- Jenny Shipley

Parenting, as an unpaid occupation outside the world of public power,
entails lower status, less power, and less control
of resources than paid work.
- Nancy Chodorow

If such a young nation as the U.S.
could make it to superpower status, we could do it as well.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I believe in status symbols.
- Brooks Stevens

Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo.
- Robert Byrne

We preserve the status quo, preserve existing systems.
- Julie Bishop

The time has come when advertising in some hands has
reached the status of a science.
- Claude C. Hopkins

High status males had multiple wives or additional
mating opportunities in the ancestral environment.
- Keith Henson

Hollywood movies are run on fear and they don't want to make bold choices.
They, generally, speaking want to keep things status quo.
That's not really interesting for me.
- Kyra Sedgwick

There's still is a status-quo group at City Hall who
likes things done the old way,
behind closed doors.
- Laura Miller

Remember, social progress only happens when those in
society's privileged classes choose to give up their status.
- Tammy Bruce

I find celebrity status difficult to bear when I am
in the company of my mother.
- Phil Donahue

A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire
for ownership and appropriation:
the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but
in their status as possessions.
- Christopher Lasch

I definitely don't want to achieve some kind of rock star status.
- Ethan Suplee

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually
not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
- Max Eastman

Americans like to make money; Canadians like to audit it.
I know no other country where accountants have a higher social and moral status.
- Northrop Frye

The old problems - love, money, security,
status, health, etc.
- are still here to plague us or please us.
- Shelley Berman

Now that the there is a path for the people of Puerto
Rico to express their self-determination on Puerto Rico's political status,
there are some who seek to block that path.
- Dick Thornburgh

As the rich consume more and more, they are clearly
not going to want to downgrade their own status.
- Susan George

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time
when the quo has lost its status.
- Laurence J. Peter


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