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 are your most overused words or phrases?
A. A life without dreams is a sky without stars, a spring without flowers, a mind without creativity. Dreams are not wishes, but life projects.
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. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. What a Wonderful World, Girl from Ipanema, How Great my Love for You, We Are the World.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humility, the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and the ability to see the same problem from multiple angles.