Jostein Gaarder Quotes

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How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living. -Jostein Gaarder
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It's not a silly question if you can't answer it. -Jostein Gaarder
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To wonder about life is not something we learn; it is something we forget. -Jostein Gaarder
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Life is like a huge lottery in which only the winning tickets are visible. -Jostein Gaarder
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Wasn't it extraordinary to be in the world right now, wandering around in a wonderful adventure! -Jostein Gaarder
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The soul yearns to fly home on the wings of love to the world of ideas. It longs to be freed from the chains of the body. -Jostein Gaarder
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Was Jesus a christian? -Jostein Gaarder
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Imagine that you were on the threshold of this fairytale, sometime billions of years ago when everything was created. And you were able to choose whether you wanted to be born to a life on this planet at some point. You wouldn't know when you were going to be born, nor how long you'd live for, but at any event it wouldn't be more than a few years. All you'd know was that, if you chose to come into the world at some point, you'd also have to leave it again one day and go away from everything. This might cause you a good deal of grief, as lots of people think that life in the great fairytale is so wonderful that the mere thought of it ending can bring tears to their eyes. Things can be so nice here that it's terribly painful to think that at some point the days will run out. What would you have chosen, if there had been some higher power that had gave you the choice? Perhaps we can imagine some sort of cosmic fairy in this great, strange fairytale. What you have chosen to live a life on earth at some point, whether short or long, in a hundred thousand or a hundred million years? Or would you have refused to join in the game because you didn't like the rules? (...) I asked myself the same question maybe times during the past few weeks. Would I have elected to live a life on earth in the firm knowledge that I'd suddenly be torn away from it, and perhaps in the middle of intoxicating happiness? (...) Well, I wasn't sure what I would have chosen. (...) If I'd chosen never to the foot inside the great fairytale, I'd never have known what I've lost. Do you see what I'm getting at? Sometimes it's worse for us human beings to lose something dear to us than never to have had it at all.

Jostein Gaarder
It takes billions of years to create a human being. And it takes only a few seconds to die. -Jostein Gaarder
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A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm. -Jostein Gaarder
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The rearing of children is considered too important to be left to the individual and should be the responsibility of the state. -Jostein Gaarder
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Everything you know gained from experience -Jostein Gaarder
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Acting responsibly is not a matter of strengthening our reason but of deepening our feelings for the welfare of others. -Jostein Gaarder
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Not everybody can let himself drift along the flow of history. Some of us have to stop to pick up what's washed up on the banks of the river. -Jostein Gaarder
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When you realize there is something you don't understand, then you're generally on the right path to understanding all kinds of things. -Jostein Gaarder
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Wisest is she who knows she does not know. -Jostein Gaarder
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