Jostein Gaarder


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

Author Quotes

Sophie liked her beautiful story. If she had not known any other explanation for the changing seasons, she felt sure she would have come to believe her own story in the end. She understood that people had always felt a need to explain the processes of nature. Perhaps they could not live without such explanations. And that they made up all those myths in the time before there was anything called science.

The big difference between real school teacher and philosopher lies in that the teacher knows as things do not stop teaching to his students by force, while the philosopher trying to find answers to questions posed in partnership with his disciples.

The history of thought is a drama played in several acts.

The philosopher had rescued her. The unknown letter writer had saved her from the triviality of everyday existence.

The very best that can happen is to have energetic opponents. The more extreme they become, the more powerful the reaction they will have to face.

There is no denying the fact that the creation of a world full feat worthy respectfully. However, the most worthy of respect is a whole world is capable of creating the same. And vice versa, there is no room to compare the experience of the creature with the overwhelming sense of innovation generated by one's own from scratch, then an erection on his feet, relying on himself only.

Thus the 'fortune-teller' is trying to foresee something that is really quite unforeseeable. This is characteristic of all forms of foreseeing. And precisely because what they 'see' is so vague, it is hard to repudiate fortune-tellers' claims.

We are entering a wonderful world we know, greeted us, and we walked together for a while. Then we lose and disappear so suddenly and so without reason as we arrived.

We don't learn anything there [school]. The difference between schoolteachers and philosophers us that school-teachers think they know a lot of stuff that they try to force down our throats. Philosophers try to figure things out together with the pupils

When my father started to cry suddenly I understood not rely on anything in the whole world.

Where both reason and experience fall short, there occurs a vacuum that can be filled by faith.

You can never know if a person forgives you when you wrong them. Therefore it is existentially important to you. It is a question you are intensely concerned with. Neither can you know whether a person loves you. It?s something you just have to believe or hope. But these things are more important to you than the fact that the sum of the angles in a triangle is 180 degrees. You don't think about the law of cause and effect or about modes of perception when you are in the middle of your first kiss.

Pick a simple and well-paid profession. Become a writer.

So now you must choose... Are you a child who has not yet become world-weary? Or are you a philosopher who will vow never to become so? To children, the world and everything in it is new, something that gives rise to astonishment. It is not like that for adults. Most adults accept the world as a matter of course. 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. The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder?

Sophie reached that philosophy is not something that can be learned, but can learn to think philosophically.

The common denominator between journalists and parents is the curiosity and the common denominator between the politicians and the children that they are receiving uninterrupted questions is not easy to answer them in all circumstances.

The I am in the world now, she thought, but one day the I of shall be gone.

The point here is that this event happened in history is billions of times. Every time you have a chance to be born Thierry left in the air is minimized. But you sit there and talking to me, you'll find out?

The word 'influenza' actually means a malign influence from the stars.

There is no order of things except in the human mind.

To be more precise: although philosophical questions concern us all, we do not all become philosophers.

We are in this existence only have limited space, but do not have the time in which only a certain length also limited. But today still belong to us, and we still have the happy times much can we live together.

We need to find an answer to who we are and why we live.

When she accepted the idea that his life could be completed one day, she then felt as never before what she had extraordinary luck to be alive.

Where did the world come from? The question has an answer, even though I cannot get to it. It is a good question. It is like a crime that has not been solved. There is an answer, even if police do not know it.

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