My mother actually bought this for me last Christmas and apart from the occasional dip, I haven't really read it.
Andrew Zuckerman recorded the thought and ideas of 50 prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, musicians, religious leaders and business leaders. All of them are over 65 .
It's likely to sit on my coffee table and be read slowly so there will be another, more portable read as well. Just don't know what yet!
What an interesting read. To read the thoughts of 50 people who have lived interesting and challenging lives is incredibly inspiring. I've taken to posting a quote each day from the book on my Facebook page! Some people have full on essays. A whole page of their thoughts on wisdom, their lives, how they got to where they are and where they want to go now. Others provided a line or two. For me, the best way to express this book is with a series of quotes from it.
Nobody can teach me who I am. - Chinua Achebe
Watership Down was never intended to be a parable or an allegory. As far as I'm concerned, it's just a tale about rabbits. - Richard Adams
You have to be taught to hate . - Dave Brubeck
If you put very few things on a page, you leave lots of room for the imagination. - Dick Bruna
Generosity overpowers greed. - Bryce Courtenay
Children can change the world. - Jane Goodall
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. - Nelson Mandela
I learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. - Nelson Mandela
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right. - Nelson Mandela
Nowadays being famous is almost a lifestyle, it's almost a career. Kids grow up thinking "I'll be a celebrity." That kind of empty celebrity and the fame that might follow is dangerous. It's celebrity without substance. - Michael Parkinson
You're travelling on a liner and you're travelling cheap, and you look down on the first-class people all having a marvellous time, having drinks and the rest of it, and you think, "Gosh,here I am stuck on this horrible little deck." But if you fall overboard, that deck would look like heaven, wouldn't it? It's entirely point of view. Perspective. - Rosamunde Pilcher
Each one of us can be an oasis of peace. - Desmond Tutu