"In contrast to what the news suggests, most businesses in fact fail, most films don’t get made, most careers are not stellar, most people’s faces and bodies are less than perfectly beautiful, and almost everyone is sad and worried a lot of the time.
We shouldn’t lament our own condition just because it doesn’t measure up against a deeply unrealistic benchmark, or hate ourselves solely for our inability to defy some breathtaking odds."
"Art can be a source of help with our problems — our innermost problems — the problems of the soul."
"We fall in love because we long to escape from ourselves with someone as beautiful, intelligent, and witty as we are ugly, stupid, and dull. But what if such a perfect being should one day turn around and decide they will love us back? We can only be somewhat shocked— how can they be as wonderful as we had hoped when they have the bad taste to approve of someone like us?"
#alain de botton