Jostein Gaarder


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

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People are, generally speaking, either dead certain or totally indifferent.

Rousseau proposed the catchphrase, ?We should return to nature. For nature is good, and man is by nature good; it is civilization which ruins him.?

Sometimes it can be very well think that this is something I have to run away, although one is not yet where to go. If the house is burning you have to run away from it, but getting another house where you do not have.

That philosophy was not something you can learn; but perhaps you can learn to think philosophically.

The faculty of vision can vary from person to person. On the other hand, we can rely on what our reason tells us because that is the same for everyone

The most subversive people are those who ask questions. Giving answers is not nearly as threatening. Any one question can be more explosive than a thousand answers.

The story goes that one day Socrates stood gazing at a stall that sold all kinds of wares. Finally he said, ?What a lot of things I don?t need! ?

There are no rules for a person in writing, as well as in thought.

This ?universal reason? or ?universal law? is something common to us all, and something that everybody is guided by. And yet most people live by their individual reason, thought Heraclitus. In general, he despised his fellow beings. ?The opinions of most people,? he said, ?are like the playthings of infants.? So in the midst of all nature?s constant flux and opposites, Heraclitus saw an Entity or one-ness, This ?something,? which was the source of everything, he called God or logos.

Vakabar always seem more patience and fortitude and more control over the time of the children who can afford the time a full life.

We cannot provide proof of what our conscience is saying, but we nevertheless know very well.

What this unfathomable force decorates country flowers in all colors of the rainbow, and the night sky whales sumptuous embroidery flickering star?

When we talked about Socrates, we saw how dangerous it could be to appeal to people's reason. With Jesus we see how dangerous it can be to demand unconditional forgiveness. Even in the world of today, we can see how mighty powers can come apart at the seams when confronted with simple demands for peace, love, food for the poor, and amnesty for the enemies of the state.

Why was it so difficult to be absorbed in the most vital and, in a way, the most natural of all questions?

People find it so strange thing to live philosophical questions that were born entirely by itself.

Sadly, we have become accustomed, and we admire the many things is Earth's gravity, and surmise because we see everything is normal

Soothsayer tries to explain something inherently escape from every interpretation.

The ability to distinguish between good and evil lies in the human mind, not in the community.

The force of gravity makes your planet orbit the sun, and the force of gravity from the moon pulls at the sea and makes tides rise and fall. Don't you think there must also be a force that dragged you up from the oceans and gave you eyes for seeing and a brain for thinking?'

The next sentence was about true insight coming from within. But didn't all knowledge come into people's heads from the outside? On the other hand, Sophie could remember situations when her mother or the teachers at school had tried to teach her something that she hadn't been receptive to. And whenever she had really learned something, it was when she had somehow contributed to it herself. Now and then, even, she would suddenly a thing she'd drawn a total blank on before. That was probably what people meant by 'insight'.

The stupidest thing she knew was for people to act like they knew all about the things they knew absolutely nothing about.

There are those who spend their time in the theft and lying and gossiping and slandering others . They think they do not know in their hearts that this is bad, or that it is not justified , at least? Do you think that this makes them happy? Socrates did not believe it.

This freedom is alone that makes us human.

Was Jesus a Christian?

We cannot try to reason how we should act. Acting responsibly is not equivalent to sharpen reason but to exacerbate feelings. According to Hume, it does not go against reason to prefer the destruction of the world have a scratch on a finger... Never absolves someone for having lacked feelings.

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