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

Work is a way of bringing order to chaos, and there's a basic satisfaction in seeing that we are able to make something a little more coherent by the end of the day.

- Alain De Botton

I am always anxious.

- Alain De Botton

When I see someone like Richard Dawkins, I see my father. I grew up with that. I'm basically the child of Richard Dawkins.

- Alain De Botton

As an atheist, I think there are lots of things religions get up to which are of value to non-believers - and one of those things is trying to be a bit better than we normally manage to be.

- Alain De Botton