Paulo Coelho

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Author: Paulo Coelho

Do you consider yourself wise? ( Stieg Hagen, Denmark)

I don’t know what you mean by wisdom.

Once someone asked me:
“What do you want to be your epitaph?” [ text on your tombstone]
I answered:” I will be cremated, but if I ever had an epitaph, it would be: ‘ Paulo Coelho died while he was alive.” ”

The person said “Why this epitaph? Everybody dies when he or she is alive.”
I said, “No, this is not true.”

If he same pattern is repeated over and over again, you are not alive anymore. To die alive is to take risks. To pay your price.

To do something that sometimes scares you but you should do because you may like or you may not like.

I don’t believe suicide is an option – but we have to die several times in this life, in order to understand it. “To die”, in this sense, is to get rid of the old values, and to move for a place that we don’t know, that we don’t feel secure, but at least that give us joy.

UPDATE: Yesterday I decided to ask my friends in Twitter: “What would be your epitaph?” Please be welcome to read the answers and add yours in my comments, by CLICKING HERE to allow people who are not in Facebook to read it

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