Thor Heyerdahl Quotes

Who is Thor Heyerdahl?

Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947.

Born October 06, 1914
Died April 18, 2002

Best 14 Quotes by Thor Heyerdahl

“A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other.”

“Any scientist can testify that a dead ocean means a dead planet. No national law, no national precautions can save the planet. The ocean, more than any other part of our planet is a classic example of the absolute need for international global action.”

“Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”

“For every minute, the future is becoming the past.”

“I also believe that when one dies, one may wake up to the reality that proves that time does not exist.”

“I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don't believe it exists. I've felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.”

“In fighting nature, man can win every battle except the last. If he should win that too, he will perish, like an embryo cutting its own umbilical cord.”

“In my experience, it is rarer to find a really happy person in a circle of millionaires than among vagabonds.”

“It is progress when a centuries-old oak is cut down to give space for a road sign.”

“It is progress when weapons are improved to kill more people at a longer range.”

“Man invents the most inhuman armaments to assault others so like himself that uniforms are needed to distinguish between friend and foe.”

“Once in a while you find yourself in an odd situation. You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way but, when you are right in the midst of it, you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about.”

“One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.”

“Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.”

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