“Belief in the significance of architecture is premised on the notion that we are, for better or for worse, different people in different places — and on the conviction that it is architecture’s task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.” (p. 13)

“Our sensitivity to our surroundings may be traced back to a troubling feature of human psychology: to the way we harbour within us so many different selves, not all of which feel equally like ‘us’, so much so that we can in certain moods, complain of having come adrift from what we judge to be our true selves.” (p. 106)

“We turn to wallpaper, benches, paintings, and streets to staunch the disappearance of our true selves.” (p. 107)

Alain de Botton has wisdom beyond his years. Currently obsessed with The Architecture of Happiness.


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