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Christopher Paolini

Birthdate: 17. November 1983

Christopher James Paolini is an American author. He is the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. He currently lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book.

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Eragon
Eragon
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Eldest
Eldest
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Inheritance
Inheritance
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Brisingr
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„Wise? No, I simply learned to think.“

—  Christopher Paolini, book Eldest

Source: Eldest

„The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.“

—  Christopher Paolini, book Eragon

Source: Eragon

„Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.“

—  Christopher Paolini, book Eragon

Variant: Are you willing to die for what you believe in? The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
Source: Eragon

„My father's work will not go unfinished, even if it takes me to the grave.“

—  Christopher Paolini, book Eldest

Nasuada
Eldest (2005)
Context: My father's work will not go unfinished, even if it takes me to the grave. That is what I want you, as a rider, to understand. All of Ajihad's plans, all his strategies and goals, they are mine now. I will not fail him by being weak. The empire will be brought down, Galbatorix will with dethroned, and the rightful government will be raised.

„I won't tell you what to believe, Eragon. It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else's notions thrust upon you.“

—  Christopher Paolini, book Eldest

Eragon and Oromis discussing the elves' religion.
Eldest (2005)
Context: "It seems a cold world without something … more."
"On the contrary," said Oromis, "it is a better world. A place where we are responsible for our own actions, where we can be kind to one another because we want to and because it is the right thing to do instead of being frightened into behaving by the threat of divine punishment. I won't tell you what to believe, Eragon. It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else's notions thrust upon you. You asked after our religion, and I have answered you true. Make of it what you will."

„Better to die than to live in fear.“

—  Christopher Paolini, book Inheritance

Roran, on the cause of the Varden
Inheritance (2011)

„It never struck me as interesting that I didn't go to school — we had our own little world.“

—  Christopher Paolini

As quoted in "Authors of the month: Christopher Paolini and Flavia Bujor" by Dina Rabinovtich in The Guardian (31 March 2004) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/mar/31/booksforchildrenandteenagers
Context: It never struck me as interesting that I didn't go to school — we had our own little world. I always thought of kids who were going to regular school as if they're the others, the separate ones.

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