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Alain de Botton
Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
'We invented God, a being capable of understanding everything, to compensate for our constant sense of being misunderstood.' Graham Greene
How cities would be so much nicer if the world listened to Jane Jacobs: thephilosophersmail.com/utopia/the-gre…
Napoleon said: To understand someone, you have to understand what the world looked like when they were twenty.
The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them fully developed in someone else.
An epidemic of loneliness created by the misguided idea that the only cure to it lies in romantic relationships.
The only people we can think of as normal are those we don't yet know very well.
'When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.' – Friedrich Nietzsche
How many of us are sane in love? 56% are 'securely attached', 25 % are 'avoidant' & '19% 'anxiously attached'. Explains the turmoil.
Tickets for @alaindebotton Istanbul Talk on October 13 will go on sale today at 3pm at @ZorluCenterPSM web site! pic.twitter.com/484r9LVzOi
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The week ends with so many problems unresolved - but there's also so much to be grateful for in the end: youtube.com/watch?v=MU0do-…
@alaindebotton support the union. Show Scotland we care! Please retweet @DayOfUnity
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Why does sex seem to die in relationships after a while? A suggestion: youtube.com/watch?v=dh43cV… pic.twitter.com/jcanSBmbhk
.@TheSchoolOfLife is making a film on self-knowledge in London HQ next week & seeking participants. Do email: gabriela@theschooloflife.com
Abstract art is about what things feel rather than look like. Essay on Cy Twombly: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th… pic.twitter.com/SVoljHzqd7
Martin Heidegger 5.23 minutes on Youtube. It works..: youtu.be/Br1sGrA7XTU?li… via @YouTube
I'm doing a new channel on philosophy & psychology on Youtube - please visit + subscribe: youtube.com/theschooloflif…
Anxious again? Take 3 minutes for this film about CALM. I wrote it: youtube.com/watch?v=JK-dmK… pic.twitter.com/n7IpnvQmiS
'The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.' – William James
'One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.' – Bertrand Russell
'Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.' – Gustave Flaubert
"We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced' - Nietzsche (surprisingly - but not). pic.twitter.com/JRByKP4Rpa
'She wanted to die but she also wanted to live in Paris.' Madame Bovary's predicament (picture by Matisse) pic.twitter.com/Qc0jQ4KdUR
Why we should want our politicians to be lying, sly Machiavellians: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th… pic.twitter.com/Mj059apf8k
There is nothing so serious as knowing how to hope - an essay on the work of Matisse: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th… pic.twitter.com/e2lp8NyfKB
An invitation to stay up thinking late at night. Kersting, 1851. pic.twitter.com/TAcfxfkjY6
Without having anything to say for themselves, babies are full of wise lessons for adults: thephilosophersmail.com/relationships/… pic.twitter.com/7zLHQtgWdm
Vermeer: the masterful observer and appreciator of the overlooked ordinary: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th… pic.twitter.com/sloOrREavq
Great artists that make us feel less alone with grief and melancholy: Caspar David Friedrich: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th… pic.twitter.com/yQ3lpy6mGz
'Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed' – Homer (Van Gogh, Vase with Pink Roses, 1890) pic.twitter.com/vIWrekonoo
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'Civilisation is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.' –Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The School of Life's Turkish website is now live! Welcome Istanbul: theschooloflife.com/istanbul/
An introduction to the philosophy of John Rawls: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th…
What most of us who revere books feel - Anselm Kiefer, Book With Wings, Fort Worth, Texas. pic.twitter.com/5d1pSoNthY
The Kindle will never touch this: Anselm Kiefer - Constellation Book, 2004 pic.twitter.com/HcNtYBfrLJ
The most interesting 20th century political philosopher was John Rawls. He is the man to help with injustice: thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/th…
Art recontextualising the world - so we might notice the wonder of the damned thing. Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed. pic.twitter.com/ZophWD6g4g
Post-holiday, draw inspiration from the idea that what's 'boring home' for you is someone else's 'exciting abroad': thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/tr…
Everyone ends up with emotional baggage: the trick is to learn to carry it elegantly: theschooloflife.com/shop/emotional… pic.twitter.com/9x8W1st7MZ
If the US had learnt even a few things from Frank Lloyd Wright, what beauty there'd be. Taliesin West today. pic.twitter.com/wn4tBKDfrk
For paranoia about 'what other people think' : remember that only some hate, a very few love - and almost all just don't care.