Old Masters at the Top of Their Game – NYTimes.com

What advice to you have for younger people in show business?

The best thing I ever did was marry correctly. I gave it a title, LOML, love of my love. She informed everything I ever did. She was the smartest person I know. She raised three great children and one great husband. Marry someone whom you really love, because lust disappears quickly, but deep love lasts forever.

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John D. Rockefeller in his 80s was known to his business associates as a crazy old man possessed by the stubborn and ferocious will to know why the world wags and what wags it, less interested in money than in the solving of a problem in geography or corporate combination. By sources reliably informed I’m told that Warren Buffett, 84, and Rupert Murdoch, 83, never quit asking questions. Sophocles in his early 90s wrote “Oedipus at Colonus”; the American journalist I. F. Stone began the study of ancient Greek in his 70s in order that he might read the play in the language of its birth. Stone, the most relentless investigative reporter of his generation, had uncovered the truth known to both Hokusai and T. H. White, and the lesson I’m now almost old enough to learn: that the tree of knowledge and the fountain of youth are one and the same.

via Old Masters at the Top of Their Game – NYTimes.com.

3 comments

  1. Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders… although I always scratch my head when people talk about lust “disappearing” in relationships. I have not found this to be true, and I think I would be very sad if that was the case. My husband and I have been together for fifteen years, and if it hasn’t disappeared yet – is it likely to? Here’s hoping NOT!

  2. “that the tree of knowledge and the fountain of youth are one and the same.” So true, so true. Where shall we meet to celebrate our 90th birthdays, Ms V? Mine will be before yours. 😉

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