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