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If the behaviour of babies and small children is any guide, we emerge into the world with our tendencies to imbalance already well entrenched. In our playpens and high chairs, we are rarely far from displaying either hysterical happiness or savage disappointment, love or rage, mania or exhaustion--and, despite the growth of a more temperate exterior in adulthood, we seldom succeed in laying claim to lasting equilibrium, traversing our lives like stubbornly listing ships on choppy seas.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, The Architecture of Happiness

A lump rises in our throat at the sight of beauty from an implicit knowledge that the happiness it hints at is the exception.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, The Architecture of Happiness

Wealth is not an absolute. It is relative to desire. Every time we yearn for something we cannot afford, we grow poorer, whatever our resources. And every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, Status Anxiety

The largest part of what we call 'personality' is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, attributed, "22 Calming Quotes for People with Anxiety", Psychology Today, September 17, 2014


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