My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Each human being must learn to be the author of his own story: no one is free in the world at large without first being free within. He who wins without risk triumphs without glory.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Voyaging the world of ideas; having contact with nature, appreciating the shapes of the leaves, the decomposing logs, flowers; being in contact with children--they draw out the child within me.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Thinking about death. I think it puts an end to a fascinating life. On the other hand, I take comfort in thinking that life is a grand text, and death is just a comma, because the text is still being written in eternity.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would tell Einstein that it was a drastic error to commit his son to the asylum and to never visit him.
The man who knew most about the forces of the universe was defeated by a force of the universe more complex than the physical: the human mind.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. What a Wonderful World, Girl from Ipanema, How Great my Love for You, We Are the World.