Alain De Botton Biography


Type: Author, television presenter

Born: 20 December 1969


He co-founded the School of Life in 2008 and Living Architecture in 2009. In 2015, he was awarded "The Fellowship of Schopenhauer", an annual writers award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work.

Selected bibliography:

  • Kiss and Tell (1995)
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997)
  • The Consolations of Philosophy (2000)
  • The Art of Travel (2002)
  • Status Anxiety (2004)
  • The Architecture of Happiness (2006)
  • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (2009)
  • A Week at the Airport (2009)
  • The Course of Love (2016)

Alain De Botton Quotes

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.

One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me?

Most business meetings involve one party elaborately suppressing a wish to shout at the other: 'just give us the money'.

It is according to how we are able to answer the question of what we do (normally the first enquiry we will have to field in any new acquaintance) that the quality of our reception is likely to be decided.

A 'good job' can be both practically attractive while still not good enough to devote your entire life to.

Never too late to learn some embarrassingly basic, stupidly obvious things about oneself.

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