Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer, well-known for his ‘Kon-Tiki’ expedition of 1947. He created a record in this voyage by sailing eight thousand kilometers across the Pacific Ocean, which started from South Africa to the Tuamotu Islands in a hand build raft. The idea was to examine and demonstrate that people of ancient times could have possibly made long voyages and developed contacts across varied cultures. Being a natural storyteller, Heyerdahl later wrote a book which contained his experiences on his voyage entitled as ‘The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas’. This book became the best-selling book across the globe and was translated into 65 languages. He also made some other expeditions and was engaged in projects like ‘investigating mounds found on the Maldives Islands’, ‘Studying pyramids of Guimar’ and was an ‘active member of green politics’. Here is a collection of some thoughts and views by the distinguished adventurer which are till date quoted extensively. Presenting famous quotations and sayings by Thor Heyerdahl.
I was in uniform for four years, and I know that heroism doesn't occur from taking orders, but rather from people who through their own willpower and strength are willing to sacrifice their lives for an idea.
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.
But if we begin thinking about the world being over 100 million years old, then it's absolutely by chance that you and I are sitting here alive today, while all the others are dead or have never been born.
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.
It is also rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert of the jungle and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch.
Those who have experienced the most, have suffered so much that they have ceased to hate. Hate is more for those with a slightly guilty conscience, and who by chewing on old hate in times of peace wish to demonstrate how great they were during the war.
Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication - particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials.
I also believe that when one dies, one may wake up to the reality that proves that time does not exist.
Surrounded by military airplanes and warships from the world's most civilized and developed nations, we have been denied permission by friendly governments, for reasons of security, to land anywhere, but in the tiny, and still neutral, Republic of Djibouti.
We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so.
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.
We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned.