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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Hamlet, who in his lunacy found lucidity.
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 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 do you regret most?
A. Many things, but I most regret not having time to enter into more profound layers with the people I love. We engage in many activities but sometimes we forget the essential.