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Alain de Botton
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'We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.' – Plato
Travel can be one of the best cures for shyness:…
The therapeutic benefit of desserts:
What the Utah-Arizona desert might do for your psyche (live blog from your US correspondent):…
Choosing a travel destination - and its relationship to psychology:…
Travelling through Utah. It's hot and sublime.
Ideally when we travel, the outer journey should prompt and assist the inner journey:…
When we know life is essentially so much darker than this, such scenes grow moving, rather than just nice. By Kobke
'Sub specie aeternitatis' - from the perspective of the eternal. Spinoza's phrase, Hubble's interpretation.
Twitter's best philosopher lived in the 17th century and was called La Rochefoucauld:…
'There are people who would never have fallen in love, if they hadn't heard there was such a thing.' La Rochefoucauld
'To say one never flirts is in itself a form of flirtation.' La Rochefoucauld
'We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.' La Rochefoucauld
Jonathan Safran Foer is a wise and great man (and not just for that little bit at the bottom):…
“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error”. ― Marcus Tullius Cicero
'Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.' – Marcus Tullius Cicero
'When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.' – Friedrich Nietzsche
'The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.' – Marcus Aurelius
'All sins are attempts to fill voids.' – Simone Weil
'Conquer yourself rather than the world.' – René Descartes
'We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.' – Charles de Montesquieu
Religion should be replaced by culture: the great idea of the 19th century critic Matthew Arnold:…
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Massive feud rages about the future of the nation between effete philosopher and cynical toads @Telegraph:…