Jostein Gaarder


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

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They thought it was essential to remain skeptical of all inherited truths, the idea being that the individual must find his own answer to every question.

Try to look at all the idea of the supernatural as a purely human notions generated by nothing else but to the man himself. I believe that decisive here are three factors: the redundancy of the human imagination, desire peculiar to man to find hidden reasons, even where they do not exist, and finally, our innate craving another existence after the Earth, that is life after death. This cocktail, created by man incredibly productive. At all times, in all societies and in all cultures, people had certain ideas about supernatural beings - the spirits of nature, ancestors, gods, angels and demons.

We can be hindered in our development and our personal growth by political conditions. Outer circumstances can constrain us. Only when we are free to develop our innate abilities can we live as free beings. But we are just as much determined by inner potential and outer opportunities as the Stone Age boy on the Rhine, the lion in Africa, or the apple tree in the garden.

What raises marveling and exclamatory is that I can more reason to take me to my own world

When we sense something, it is due to the movement of atoms in space. When I see the moon it is because "moon atoms" penetrate my eye.

Who wants to see through fate, it must survive.

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?'

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