Jostein Gaarder


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

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What was the brain child understand that he would not let me. However, this is true about all our thoughts. None of the things that we create in our minds are not aware of its existence. But the children of the brain, were similar to other concepts. They had a strange way of creative space my brain to create a version of outer space and would continue under heaven.

When we wonder where the world came from--and then discuss possible answers--reason is in a sense 'on hold.' For it has no sensory material to process, no experience to make use of, because we have never experienced the whole of the great reality that we are a tiny part of. We are--in a way--a tiny part of the ball that comes rolling across the floor. So we can't know where it came from.

Wisest is she who knows she does not know.

Perhaps the clock hands had become so tired of going in the same direction year after year that they had suddenly begun to go the opposite way instead.

She felt that it was only her body that was getting old. Inside she had always been the same young girl.

Sophie could remember Situations when her mother or the teachers at school had tried to teach her ??something that she had not been receptive to. And whenever she had really learned something, it was when she had somehow contributed to it herself.

The aim of the early Greek philosophers was to find natural, rather than supernatural, explanations for natural processes.

The German poet Goethe once said that ?he who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.? I don?t want you to end up in such a sad state. I will do what I can to acquaint you with your historical roots. It is the only way to become a human being. It is the only way to become more than a naked ape. It is the only way to avoid floating in a vacuum.

The old Chinese sage Chuang-tzu, for example, said: Once I dreamed I was a butterfly, and now I no longer know whether I am Chuang-tzu, who dreamed I was a butterfly, or whether I am a butterfly dreaming that I am Chuang-tzu.

The sun is a star in any case, all the Suns star and Suns all ? star... all there is to it , it is not all - star planets revolve around it , and if there were no living creatures on the planet what you are watching a star, there will not be those who call it the star sun.

There exists a world. In terms of probability this borders on the impossible. It would have been far more likely if, by chance, there was nothing at all. Then, at least, no one would have begun asking why there was nothing.

This is precisely where philosophers are a notable exception. A philosopher never gets quite used to the world. To him or her, the world continues to seem a bit unreasonable - bewildering, even enigmatic. Philosophers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. You might say that throughout his life a philosopher remains as thin-skinned as a child.

Was not it, the end of the day, strangeness of existence that took man to the moon?

We can't own each other's past. The question is whether we have a future together.

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.

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