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.

- Alain De Botton

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities - and we should take care.

- Alain De Botton

My writing always came out of a very personal place, out of an attempt to stay sane.

- Alain De Botton

When I'm writing, I write all day. Other days, I sit around thinking. Or I run around from one meeting to another, out in the world. It varies, and I like that.

- Alain De Botton

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.

- Alain De Botton

I learnt to stop fantasising about the perfect job or the perfect relationship because that can actually be an excuse for not living.

- Alain De Botton

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.

- Alain De Botton

When work is not going well, it's useful to remember that our identities stretch beyond what is on the business card, that we were people long before we became workers - and will continue to be human once we have put our tools down forever.

- Alain De Botton

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.

- Alain De Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.

- Alain De Botton