Interviewer: What other interests do you have? 
Thelonious Monk: Life in general. 
Interviewer: What do you do about it? 
Thelonious Monk: Keep breathing. 
Interviewer: What do you think the purpose of life is? 
Thelonious Monk: To die. 
Interviewer: But between birth and death, there's a lot to do. 
Thelonious Monk: You asked a question, that's the answer.

 -- from Down Beat magazine; October 28, 1971

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