Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain's latest book is titled Religion for Atheists and is published in the Netherlands, Italy, Korea, Turkey and Brazil in 2011 and in the UK, US and other territories in 2012.
Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was twenty-three.
What religions want to do is remind us of how kind we want to be.
We’re not short of things we can believe in.
Churches can create the context in which sociability can be made safe and expressed.
Proust’s lesson is, "I lay in bed and by looking at things properly, and I felt properly alive."
My heaven, nirvana, would be if the questions that are raised by Oprah Winfrey would be answered by the faculty of Harvard University.
Wisdom is particularly present in the humanities, in the teaching of literature, philosophy, history, the arts in general. This is my area of interest. I think the teaching of the humanities has gone radically...
While strife is bound to happen between different religious communities, there is no occasion to apologize. Alain de Botton says it's awkward to apologize, after all. "This could lead to an escalation in anger." So...