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. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Being a gardener, tending the flowers, making them spectacular to my eyes.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. There is no perfect happiness. Being happy is overcoming our neurotic need to always be right, recognizing our mistakes and having the courage to apologize; talking about our tears and teaching our children and students to learn to cry theirs. Being happy is making the small things spectacular in our eyes, making much of little. One who makes little of much is miserable, and needs to purchase dreams of healthy emotion.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Fruit, fruit and fruit.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would be a bird, who, even after suffering nocturnal tempests, in the morning rejoices jubilantly.