This Much I Know
September 21, 2009 11:33 AM Subscribe
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In The Guardian
's This Much I Know
, celebrities share the lessons they have learned in life.
Sometimes they get a bit silly or self-absorbed, but among them are a few insightful -- or at least amusing -- nuggets. It's worth trawling the archives; but as it spans 21 pages, here's a taste:
Every child born on this earth starts by being interested in the natural world. You have only got to turn over a stone and see a worm or earwig underneath and the child is fascinated.
Sir David Attenborough, Naturalist, 81, Surrey
When I hear really fabulous music by somebody else, I can feel as small as the dot in the 'i' in nit.
Brian Wilson, musician, 66, London
As a joke I asked my four-year-old daughter Martha, 'What do you want to do with your life?' She thought for a moment and said: 'Keep it.' That stopped me in my tracks.
Jeremy Vine, broadcaster, 45, London
My earliest memory is slipping out of my mother's thighs and looking at surgical instruments on a table in an operating theatre. Many people do remember their births, but they deny it.
Yoko Ono, artist, 76, London
I'm out of the restaurant business now, but the secret, apart from your choice of chef, is having great bread and coffee. The bread's the first thing they taste and the coffee the last.
Michael Caine, actor, 76, London
What makes me laugh? I like people falling over. Never fails.
Matt Lucas, comedian, 35, London
I spent 10 days in a pathology lab at a medical examiner's office. I thought it would allow me to accept my own mortality, but it taught me was that everyone I love is going to die.
David Sedaris, humourist, 51, London
Paradigms change one funeral at a time.
Deepak Chopra, guru, 61, Dublin
I'm not going to space. No way, are you crazy? One little tile burns and you drop to your death?
William Shatner, Actor, 75, Los Angeles
A lot of guys say that they have to treat a woman like shit in order to get her to like them. I don't know if that's so true. It has served me to try and understand men rather than try to kill them. They're a little more complicated than I would have given them credit for!
Alanis Morissette, musician, 31, London
The US-British relationship resembles a divorced couple who still fancy each other. America's gone off and married Latino and Britain's gone off and married Europe, but they still recognise a fantastic connection. Then there are the post-divorce custody battles: who owns freedom, who owns Shakespeare, who owns culture?
Simon Schama, historian, 60, London
One of the great con tricks that life can pull on the conventional and the obedient is that rewards so often seem to go to those who choose other paths than those which are laid down.
Stephen Fry, writer and actor, 47, London
When you're given yak-butter tea - or, as our cameraman called it, liquid gorgonzola - take little sips and smile a lot.
Michael Palin, broadcaster, 61, London
I'm not what you call superstitious. I'm not worried about ladders or umbrellas or any of that shit. But I know you should never get a blowjob before you go on stage.
Slash, guitarist, 38, Los Angeles
Ages given are at the time of original publication.