Donald Hall on his interview with the then 80 year old sculptor Henry Moore:
I asked “what is the meaning of life.” He answered me, without irony, saying that “you must have something you want to do more than anything else, that’s at the center of your being, the center of your life, the one thing you really want. The most important thing about this desire is that it must be incapable of fulfillment.”
He woke up every day wanting to be as good as Donatello or Michelangelo. Every night he went to bed knowing he hadn’t done it that day. The next day he would wake up with the same ambition in his mind, with total absorbedness. Always beginning again. Always knowing he’d fail. Always beginning again. Amen.
-Ernest Hilbert’s interview with Donald Hall from American Poetry Review.