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I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
by 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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Self-pity in its early stages
is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
- Maya Angelou

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
- Candace Bushnell

I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
- Jim Morrison

A low budget is uncomfortable.
- Lukas Haas

Some people talk about screen kisses being strange or uncomfortable.
But I think that I got along with Anna well enough that it just happened;
it was a fun day of shooting.
- Shawn Ashmore

Be willing to be uncomfortable.
Be comfortable being uncomfortable.
It may get tough, but it's a small price to pay for living a dream.
- Peter McWilliams

Meyer and I have a bit in common because we're both left-handed.
I think it's great that he seeks out that advice because
he's not too cool or too uncomfortable to ask for it.
- Barry Zito

I am fascinated by the whole process of what it's like to be alive,
whether it's unbelievably uncomfortable and horrible
or whether it's quite nice.
- Charlotte Rampling

People today sometimes get uncomfortable with empirical
claims that seem to clash with their political assumptions,
often because they haven't given much thought to the connections.
- Steven Pinker

It's a little weird exchanging pictures for money.
You know what I mean.
It makes me a little uncomfortable.
- Noah Hathaway

When I see a movie with someone it's kind of uncomfortable.
- S. E. Hinton

I feel a little uncomfortable about endorsements.
- Geddy Lee

I felt probably more uncomfortable than Beyonce.
But I can't answer for her.
- Verne Troyer

All of us have our individual curses,
something that we are uncomfortable with and something
that we have to deal with,
like me making horror films, perhaps.
- Wes Craven

I'm very uncomfortable with my body,
and I'm not interested in people seeing it on screen.
- Alicia Silverstone

Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs,
but they're uncomfortable laughs.
- John Ratzenberger

Watching a person lose their dignity used to be uncomfortable,
and now it's an expected part of the program that we're
becoming comfortable with.
- Lisa Kudrow

I'm so uncomfortable, especially in emotional situations,
having to say sentences that don't feel right.
As an actor - or really, as any kind of person sensitive to it.
- Franka Potente

You want the audience to be uncomfortable.
- Richard Thompson

I like to grow as an actor, and you can do that by
playing parts that are unfamiliar to you and uncomfortable.
- David Schwimmer

I was with one at a time with the other four watching.
It was a little uncomfortable, actually.
I wouldn't recommend five at once.
There's just not enough guy to go around.
- Charlie Sheen

Mrs.
Parks was a shy, soft spoken woman who was uncomfortable
being revered as a symbol of the civil rights movement.
She only hoped to inspire young people to achieve great things.
- Jim Costa

There's certainly something very uncomfortable about
the voyeurism involved in being in the press,
being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about,
you.
- Claire Danes

They are uncomfortable talking about sex because they
don't want people to think they know about it.
- Sue Johanson

I know many beautiful people and their lives are just so terrible.
They feel so uncomfortable with themselves.
Being comfortable is not about what you look like,
but how you feel.
- Monica Bellucci

You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing.
I don't like a rut.
- Ruben Blades

You just need to be a flea against injustice.
Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make
even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
- Marian Wright Edelman

Because I was extremely uncomfortable talking about
sex with him at all and particularly in such a graphic way,
I told him that I did not want to talk about these subjects.
- Anita Hill

We're uncomfortable about considering history as a science.
It's classified as a social science,
which is considered not quite scientific.
- Jared Diamond

God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.
- Ruby Dee

Confusion makes people uncomfortable.
They can't put their finger on me.
- Lenny Kravitz

Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable
because it reverses the direction of tradition.
- Daniel Dennett

I'm awkward at these things.
Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise
and I was a little uncomfortable.
- Pat Morita

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
- William Cowper

Extreme Makeover...
they help people that are uncomfortable in their own skin.
They really change lives.
- Steven Hill

America tends to worship the modest talent because
it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis-a-vis the artist.
- Carlisle Floyd

If I'm uncomfortable, you'd never know.
- Toni Braxton

Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the level of fame I've got!
It all depends on the day and what's going on.
I don't desire any more fame.
I don't need it.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten
the best thing that can happen to a young man is to
be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
- James A. Garfield

I didn't have a lot of communication with Elvis.
You had to go through a barricade to get to Elvis.
It was people hanging on every word,
and I felt very uncomfortable a lot of times.
- Mac Davis

I'd always done family-friendly stuff.
I wanted to do a film where I could show my darker
side and make people uncomfortable.
- Melissa Joan Hart

My mother told me never explain, never complain.
Even as a young actress, I determined I would never
give personal interviews,
since they made me so uncomfortable.
- Jennifer Jones

Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people
in themselves in the world.
Happiness, I think, only exists when you're a child and once you go past 11,
unfortunately it's gone.
- Andrea Corr

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
- Ian Fleming

So when we finally settled down outside of Seattle
I felt totally uncomfortable with that idea.
- Josh Lucas

I feel uncomfortable because I'm insecure about who I am.
- Trent Reznor

I've never been uncomfortable putting my heart on display,
my feelings on display, certainly with an audience.
- David Coverdale

I used to have trouble in front of an audience.
I felt uncomfortable.
- Robert Goulet

I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point,
in the spotlight.
I really like the behind the scenes role,
because all my freedom is there.
- Brian Eno

And I went to New York and died; for 10 years I walked those pavements.
I can't think of New York without feeling uncomfortable
and feeling like a failure.
- Harvey Korman

Show me someone who doesn't have some sort of experience
that they would be uncomfortable for people to know
about and I'll show you a dullard.
- Rob Lowe

The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today.
I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role.
- J. M. Coetzee

I've gotten better at not making people feel uncomfortable with my shyness.
- Clea Duvall

There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level.
America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of
someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.
- Carlisle Floyd

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
- George Bernard Shaw

I feel uncomfortable with the term public art,
because I'm not sure what it means.
If it means what I think it does, then I don't do it.
I'm not crazy about categories.
- Barbara Kruger


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