Jostein Gaarder


Norwegian Intellectual, Author of Novels, Short Stories and Children's Books

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Plato found mathematics very absorbing because mathematical states never change.

So we go around pigeonholing everything. We put cows in cowsheds, horses in stables, pigs in pigsties, and chickens in chicken coops. The same happens when Sophie Amundsen tidies up her room. She puts her books on the bookshelf, her schoolbooks in her schoolbag, and her magazines in the drawer. She folds her clothes neatly and puts them in the closet - underwear on one shelf, sweaters on another, and socks in a drawer on their own. Notice that we do the same thing in our minds. We distinguish between things made of stone, things made of wool, and things made of rubber. We distinguish between things that are alive or dead, and we distinguish between vegetables, animal, and human

Sophie saw that the philosopher was right. Grownups took the world for granted. They had let themselves be lulled into the enchanted sleep of their humdrum existence once and for all. ?You?ve just grown so used to the world that nothing surprises you anymore.

The Creation of Man takes several billion years, his death - only a few seconds.

The idea of complete decay someday, the idea that I am here only this time, and I will never go back; seems to me brutal.

The question of whether a thing is right or wrong, good or bad, must always be considered in relation to a person?s needs.

The world becomes a dream, and the dream becomes reality.

There is nothing abnormal in the assumption that the Creator has bounced back a step or two, Javla, after the human form of dust, and breathed the breath of life in the nostrils, MSUYA him a living being. Sudden in this incident is not a feeling Adam surprised.

To Hegel, history was like a running river. Every tiny movement in the water at a given spot in the river is determined by the falls and eddies in the water higher upstream. But these movements are determined, too, by the rocks and bends in the river at the point where you are observing it. The history of thought--or of reason--is like this river. The thoughts that are washed along with the current of past tradition, as well as the material conditions prevailing at the time, help to determine how you think. You can therefore never claim that any particular thought is correct for ever and ever. But the thought can be correct from where you stand

We are old and gray. We will one day be worn out and disappear from the world. With our dreams are different. You can live on in other people when it no longer gives us long ago.

We see everything as if in a mirror, dimly. Sometimes we look at the mirror and see a little of what is on the other side. If we completely cleaned the mirror, we would see a lot more. But then we could no longer see each other.

When the brain is filled with strong ideas, it makes us either to say nothing or remain silent.

Whichever gets more stunned to see in front of a stone stuck in the air, you or toddler? Of course you are, because the little boy sees the breaking down of the laws of nature, it is not yet known, and more precisely, did not have preconceived ideas, did not become a slave to wait for things and ideas for granted, we put ourselves in transportation habit... This is the difference between the philosopher and the riffraff victims wait Even if I never meet in his life , but black Pegrban, remains the philosopher expects Show crow white!?

You might say that the very best that can happen is to have energetic opponents.

Or sleep yourself? And if you saw a dream while sleeping? And never go to heaven do not know if the dream of a beautiful flower broken? Or still he kept the flower in his hand when he wakes up? What happens then?

Plato's point is that we can never have true knowledge of anything that is in a constant state of change. We can only have opinions about things that belong to the world of the senses, tangible things. We can only have true knowledge if things that can be understood with our reason.

Socrates (770-399 B.C.E.) is possibly the most enigmatic figure in the entire history of philosophy. He never wrote a single line. Yet he is one of the philosophers who has had the greatest influence on European thought, not least because of the dramatic manner of his death.

Space is very old age... fifteen billion years almost. Despite this long life no one was able to tell us how this space grew for the first time. We all live a unique adventure that no one understands her secret. We dance and play and laugh in the world that does not understand the ability of our early beginnings

The Cynics emphasized that true happiness is not found in external advantages such as material luxury, political power, or good health. True happiness lies in not being dependent on such random and fleeting things. And because happiness does not consist in benefits of this kind, it is within everyone's reach. moreover, having once been attained, it can never be lost.

The important thing is not what you may think is precisely right or wrong. What matters is that you choose to have an opinion at all on what is right or wrong.

The rearing of children is considered too important to be left to the individual and should be the responsibility of the state.

The worst things we have we are sons of Adam, sometimes we lose something dear to us, that we do not have already.

There may have been many ways to rise from the valley to the top of the mountain, but the mountain... mountain will always be the same, never changes... and must be between me and the great similarity between you so that we can reach the top of the mountain... for example, must be all our mountain climbers on the summit and there... may build together huge stones... then we sit down to rest it a bit after this effort that we have made??... and forget, and for a short time if our concerns are all big... left it all behind in valley said: Do you mean that we had met on the same mountain with... I come from a planet and you came from another planet? He gestured with his head in agreement and said: it does not matter where the difference in our driving... but really important, is the goal that we seek.

To prove religious faith by human reason is rationalistic claptrap.

We are partly instrumental in deciding what we perceive by selecting what is significant for us. Two people can be present in the same room and yet experience it quite differently. This is because we contribute our own meaning or our own interests when we perceive our surroundings.

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Norwegian Intellectual, Author of Novels, Short Stories and Children's Books