Jostein Gaarder

Jostein
Gaarder
1952

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

Author Quotes

The memories float further and further away from that which once created them.

The secret to the effectiveness of Socrates that he did not try to teach people. On the contrary, it gives the impression that he wanted to learn from his interlocutor was not working as a professor lousy... on the contrary , was discussing and arguing.

Then you have a big problem, because a human is a thinking animal. You do not the if think, you're not really a human.

They do not age... When I was still alone on the island, the images from the dream became clearer. In the end, they jumped out of my mind and penetrated in the local reality. Still, however, they remain a fantasy. A fantasy has the miraculous power, that what we create, remains forever young and vibrant... You've heard of Roszpunce, my boy? I shook my head. - But Little Red Riding Hood heard? Or about Snow White and Hansel and Gretel?... How old are they, what do you think? Hundred? Maybe a thousand? They are both very young and very old, because they were born in the imagination of people. No, I do not think that dwarfs and grizzled. Even the clothes they wear do not have the slightest creases. It is different from us ordinary mortals. We get older and graying. That we ripping off apart, and one day we depart. With our dreams it is different. They can live in other people for a long time after our departure from this world.

To wonder about life is not something we learn; it is something we forget.

We are thrown together with a sprinkling of stardust.

What is sad is that we get used to grow much more than gravity. We finally find all natural.

When we gaze at a star in the Milky Way which is 50,000 light-years away from our sun, we are looking back 50,000 years in time. The idea is much too big for my little head. The only way we can look out into space, then, is to look back in time. We can never know what the universe is like now. We only know what it was like then. When we look up at a star that is thousands of light-years away, we are really traveling thousands of years back in the history of space.

Who knows how to be happy is to do everything to aspire to be.

Over the entrance to the temple at Delphi was a famous inscription: KNOW THYSELF! It reminded visitors that man must never believe himself to be more than mortal - and that no man can escape his destiny.

Rarely is the eternal fulfillment these days. People stay together as long as things are going well. But there are difficult times, too. At times like these, people scattered and walk their separate ways.

Some are more equal than others.

Superstitious. What a strange word. If you believed in Christianity or Islam, it was called faith. But if you believed in astrology or Friday the thirteenth it was superstition! Who had the right to call other people's belief superstition?

The Enlightenment philosophers thought that once reason and knowledge became widespread, humanity would make great progress. It could only be a question of time before irrationalism and ignorance would give way to an enlightened humanity... Today we no longer so convinced that all developments are to the good.

The more aware they live more, the more the idea that they will not remain here forever, seep into itself. Any luck exceptionally being alive?

The sophists were as a rule men who had traveled widely and seen different forms of government. Both conventions and local laws in the city-states could vary widely. This led the Sophists to raise the question of what was natural and what was socially induced. By doing this, they paved the way for social criticism in the city-state of Athens.

There are five billion people living on this planet. But you fall in love with one particular person, and you won't swap her for any other.

They made up all those myths in the time before there was anything called science.

Travelling brings you further out to the world. Dreaming draws you further inside it. But maybe we can't travel in more than one direction at once.

We can affirm that the last line between philosophy and faith was interrupted with the philosophy of Hume.

What Plato was really asking was perhaps why a horse was a horse, and not, for example, a cross between a horse and a pig.

When we look up at the sky, we are trying to find the way to ourselves.

Who knows the good do ? gooder.

P.S. As far as the white rabbit is concerned, it might be better to compare it with the whole universe. We who live here are microscopic insects existing deep down in the rabbit?s fur. But philosophers are always trying to climb up the fine hairs of the fur in order to stare right into the magician?s eyes.

Remembering a dream is almost as hard as catching a bird in your hand, but sometimes it's as if the bird comes and sits on your shoulder of its own free will.

First Name
Jostein
Last Name
Gaarder
Birth Date
1952
Bio

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