A Manifesto by Alain de Botton

A Manifesto by Alain de Botton. The reason why I am not yet a serial killer is I embrace these 2 truths “psychologically, be a nobody” and “I am good enough”. For the complete newsletter, subscribe at isaiahsg.substack.com.

why I read

“It is in books, poems, paintings which often give us the confidence to take seriously feelings in ourselves that we might otherwise never have thought to acknowledge.” Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

the folly of familiarity

Based on the first performance of “Stairway to Heaven,” one would never know it would become such a huge hit. The band introduced audiences to the song before the fourth album was released. Bassist John Paul Jones said of one audience who heard it live, “They were all bored to tears waiting to hear something […]

what have you got to show for it?

In Toni Morrison’s novel Sula, in a conversation between embittered former friends, the protagonist Sula declares, “I sure did live in this world.” “Really? What have you got to show for it?” “Show? To who?” – Tim Harford

why did Nietzsche write ‘live dangerously’?

Nietzsche used to have a motto on his wall: LIVE DANGEROUSLY. Somebody asked him, “Why have you written this?” He said, “Just to remind me, because my fear is tremendous. Fear, Osho

and if possible

Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

what happens after we die

You know what happens after we die? Nothing. Not to us anyway. So we should try to live and not worry about what happens after we die.


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