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Alain de Botton
If the US had learnt even a few things from Frank Lloyd Wright, what beauty there'd be. Taliesin West today.
For paranoia about 'what other people think' : remember that only some hate, a very few love - and almost all just don't care.
The constant challenge of modern relationships: how to prove more interesting than the other's smartphone.
However troubled, a relationship is alive so long as 2 people stay ready to admit to their own madness with humour, apology and sorrow.
Why travelling tends to go a whole lot better once one throws away the guidebook:…
It's a symptom of real stress that one can't find the energy to explain to others that one's stressed - & so one just seems mean instead.
What a benefit to a relationship not to expect everything from the relationship.
Great art may do no more than put a frame around an unfairly overlooked part of the world. Turrell's skyroom @_SMoCA
Why the ruins of Detroit are more instructive still than those of Greece or Turkey:…
There's nothing trivial about that deep, almost insatiable longing for the sun:…
If one could keep the spirit of this picture in mind at all times, how calm one would be... (southern Utah)
Hotel rooms are the new monasteries: ideal places to withdraw from the world and think:…
Lonely hotel rooms can be the best places to think and get a new perspective on your life:…
'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:…
If we knew how to observe the world as closely as John Ruskin, how un-bored we'd always be (Apple, 1873).
John Ruskin drew lovely feathers and wanted to make the whole world as beautiful as they were:…
There's hope in a relationship when two people accept: 1. We are crazy 2. We are committed to trying to develop and grow a touch saner.
You don't know enough about John Ruskin - but in 4.5 minutes, your knowledge will be valuably transformed:…
There are no shortcuts to mourning (people, ambitions etc.). You just have to put in the hours.
Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle.
We often lose our tempers not with those who are actually to blame; just with those who love us enough to forgive us our foul moods.
The best cure for one's bad tendencies: seeing them fully developed in someone else.
The best kind of diet to follow: having something more fun lined up than continuing to eat.
The harder a task is to pull off - the more protected you are from competitors.