"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."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Alain de Botton on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Alain de Botton on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Alain de Botton on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Alain de Botton on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Alain de Botton on Winston Churchill
"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."
"What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married."
"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."
"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."
"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."