Jostein Gaarder


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

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What you did was to draw a conclusion from a descriptive sentence--That person wants to live too'--to what we call a normative sentence: 'Therefore you ought not to kill them.' From the point of view of reason this is nonsense. You might just as well say 'There are lots of people who cheat on their taxes, therefore I ought to cheat on my taxes too.' Hume said you can never draw conclusions from is sentences to ought sentences. Nevertheless it is exceedingly common, not least in newspaper articles, political party programs, and speeches.

When we'll meet again? She stares at the asphalt before looking up and staring at me. His pupils dance, restless, I have the impression that your lips are quivering. Then she shows me a riddle with which even I will very wrap your head. Question: - How long can you wait what kind of answer I could give, Georg? Maybe it was a trap. If you said two or three days, I would show me too impatient. And if you answered a lifetime she might think I did not love her so much or maybe it was not sincere. So it was necessary to find an intermediate response. I said: - stand to wait until my heart begins to bleed distress. She smiled uncertainly. Then he rubbed his finger on my lips. And he asked: - How long does it take? Desperately shook my head and decided to tell the truth. - Five minutes, maybe.

With each passing day, and with every small activity we are doing will multiply your chances to Remember Me.

'Pessimism' is just another word for laziness . I can be concerned, which is something very different, but the pessimists have given up.

Since all of life is a dream in which you can be sure how?

Sophie couldn't stop smiling. It had to be true that nature was built up of small parts that never changed. At the same time Heraclitus was obviously right in thinking that all forms in nature 'flow'. Because everybody dies, animals die, even a mountain range slowly disintegrates. The point was that the mountain range is made up of tiny indivisible parts that never break up.

The animals breed animals... either man not born to a man, but also education for shouting.

The greatest thing of all is love. Time can?t pale that as easily as it fades old memories.

The only advantage necessary to become a good human philosopher is its ability to surprise.

The theater of the absurd represented a contrast to realistic theater. Its aim was to show the lack of meaning in life in order to get the audience to disagree. The idea was not to cultivate the meaningless. On the contrary. But by showing and exposing the absurd in ordinary everyday situations, the onlookers are forced to seek a truer and more essential life for themselves.

There had to be something what all came back and what all.

This unshakable faith in human reason is called rationalism. A rationalist is someone who believes that human reason is the primary source of our knowledge of the world.

Wasn?t it extraordinary to be in the world right now, wandering around in a wonderful adventure!

We could read the same book almost simultaneously. So we go in together on other worlds. Enter and depart the same imaginary landscapes. That way we will acquire a large virtual circle of acquaintances. And we can do marches in the morning and take with us a long line of invisible friends.

When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream, writes Descartes. And he goes on: How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?

When will dive for my pearls when I'm gone more? Who would know that they were mine? Who will know that the whole world once hung around my neck.

Without imagination, nothing really new will be created.

Philosopher is one admits that he understands little, and suffers from it

Since the Renaissance, people have had to get used to living their life on a random planet in the vast galaxy.

Sophie found philosophy doubly exciting because she was able to follow all the ideas by using her own common sense - without having to remember everything she had learned at school. She decided that philosophy was not something you can learn; but perhaps you can learn to think philosophically.

The artist plays freely on his faculty of cognition.

The harder you a try to forget something, the more you think about it Unconsciously.

The only quality required to become a good philosopher is to be surprised.

The truth is that I feel totally helpless, or totally inconsolable, to be more honest. I?m not trying to hide it, but it?s something you?re not to worry about.

There is always Joker to see through the delusion. Generation succeeds generation, but there is a fool walking the earth who is never ravaged by time.

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