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Philosopher's questions

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was visiting a green house one day and was brooding as he contemplated a plant. A botany student noticed his intense interest in the plant, his scholarly appearance and his studious manner and assumed he must be a specialist. The student approached him and breathlessly asked, "Who are you?" The philospher turned and looked at the young man for moment before replying, "If you could only answer that question for me, I would be eternally grateful."

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