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Alain de Botton

Essays in Love

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    Tega Otojaremembuat kutipan7 tahun yang lalu
    Everyone returns us to a different sense of ourselves, for we become a little of who they think we are.
    meikomembuat kutipan4 tahun yang lalu
    The most attractive are not those who allow us to kiss them at once (we soon feel ungrateful) or those who never allow us to kiss them (we soon forget them), but those who know how to carefully administer varied doses of hope and despair.
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    We fall in love hoping we won’t find in another what we know is in ourselves, all the cowardice, weakness, laziness, dishonesty, compromise, and stupidity.
    Tega Otojaremembuat kutipan7 tahun yang lalu
    'A man can acquire anything in solitude except a character,' wrote Stendhal, suggesting that character has its genesis in the reactions of others to our words and actions.
    Sanzharmembuat kutipan3 tahun yang lalu
    be loved by someone is to realize how much they share the same needs that lie at the heart of our own attraction to them
    Maria Melkosyantsmembuat kutipan3 tahun yang lalu
    Beauty is the promise of happiness
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    “I know my daughter and you are fond of one another. I’m no expert on love, but I’ll tell you something. In the end, I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter who you marry. If you like them at the beginning, you probably won’t like them at the end. And if you start off hating them, there’s always the chance you’ll end up thinking they’re all right.”
    giraffamembuat kutipan4 tahun yang lalu
    What have I done to deserve this?”
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    “But actually, I like looking at things and not knowing quite what they mean.”
    Liubov Malyginamembuat kutipan4 tahun yang lalu
    It was the error of thinking that Chloe, rather than love, was inevitable.
    Tega Otojaremembuat kutipan7 tahun yang lalu
    and my seriousness that a serious person will evoke. If someone thinks I am shy, I will probably end up shy, if someone thinks me funny, I am likely to keep cracking jokes.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    At the heart of stoicism lay the desire to disappoint oneself before someone else had the chance to do so. Stoicism was a crude defense against the dangers of the affections of others, dangers that would take more endurance than a life in the desert to be able to face. In calling for a monastic existence free of emotional turmoil, stoicism was simply trying to deny the legitimacy of certain potentially painful yet fundamental human needs. However brave, the stoic was in the end a coward at the point of perhaps the highest reality, at the moment of love.
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    There is an Arabic saying that the soul travels at the pace of a camel. While most of our self is led by the strict demands of timetables and diaries, our soul, the seat of the heart, trails nostalgically behind, burdened by the weight of memory.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    My superiority was revealed primarily on the basis of my isolation and suffering: I suffer, therefore I am special. I am not understood, but for precisely that reason, I am worthy of greater understanding.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    7.A notorious inability to express emotions makes human beings the only animals capable of suicide. An angry dog does not commit suicide, it bites the person or thing that made it angry. But an angry human sulks in its room and later shoots itself, leaving a silent note. Man is the symbolic, metaphorical creature: unable to communicate my anger, I would symbolize it in my own death. I would do injury to myself rather than injure Chloe, enacting by killing myself what I was suggesting she had done to me.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    Abruptly, I reached for a tub of pills and swallowed what I only later realized had been twenty effervescent vitamin C tablets.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    Unlike the curses of the Greek gods, psychological fatalism at least held out the promise that it could be escaped.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    The arrogance of wanting to be loved had emerged only now it was unreciprocated—I was left alone with my desire, defenseless, beyond the law, shockingly crude in my demands: Love me! And for what reason? I had only the usual paltry, insufficient excuse: Because I love you . . .
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    What gave me pleasure and pain determined the moral labels I chose to affix to Chloe. I was an egocentric moralizer, judging the world and her duties within it according to my own interests. My moral code was a mere sublimation of my desires.
    Abril Nohmembuat kutipan3 bulan yang lalu
    Was I better than Chloe simply because I loved her? Of course not, for though my love for her included sacrifices, I had made these because it made me happy to do so; I had not martyred myself, but had acted only because it accorded so perfectly with my inclinations, because it was not a duty.
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