August 24, 2006
Read this great quote in Roger Kimball's review of Paul Johnson's new book, Creators, in National Review. It's from a famous Japanese painter, Hokusai (1760-1849),
"From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. but all I have done before the the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy five I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am eighty you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before."
If you live long enough you can impact the world.