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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

In fact, many authors such as Hemingway and Faulkner, devote their whole life into ONE book, but each of your books has variety of themes, which are nearly completely different. Why?

Because this is the way that I found to explore myself better. The book, for me, is an act of self-discovery. Everybody who loves wisdom is a philosopher, from the taxi driver to the ascetic monk, from the traditional Saint-Germain-des-Près French intellectual, to the person who is selling coconuts in front of Copacabana Beach. Who is able to learn from experience is much more interesting than the person who spends his lifetime reading books and trying to understand the world without taking the risks of new relationships. Therefore, a philosopher is the one WHO has a role in civil society, not the one who thinks about life and human beings.

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