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

I feel that the great challenge of our time is the communication of ideas.

- Alain De Botton

I assemble my ideas in pieces on a computer file, then gradually find a place for them on a piece of scaffolding I erect.

- Alain De Botton

I am not a foodie, thank goodness. I will eat pretty much anything. A lot of my friends are getting incredibly fussy about food and I see it as a bit of an affliction.

- Alain De Botton

I think people want to get married to end their emotional uncertainty. In a way, they want to end powerful feelings, or certainly the negative ones.

- Alain De Botton

I know a lot about writing, but I don't know much about how other industries work. I've tried to use my naivety to my advantage.

- Alain De Botton

I was foreign and Jewish, with a funny name, and was very small and hated sport, a real problem at an English prep school. So the way to get round it was to become the school joker, which I did quite effectively - I was always fooling around to make the people who would otherwise dump me in the loo laugh.

- Alain De Botton

I went to church and couldn't swallow it. The music was nice but I don't belong there.

- Alain De Botton