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Alain de Botton

Writer Alain de Botton answers the five questions, answering against pessimism, for Stendhal.

DOB: 20 December, 1969

Favorite book: On Love, Stendhal

Heroes: Stendhal, Montaigne, Flaubert

What makes you laugh: Extreme pessimism. Like Seneca’s quote, ‘What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.’

Charity worth giving to: Any educational charity

Five words that sound good: Melancholy, tristesse, love, lemon, bread


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