Milton Glaser on astonishment

“I think the most interesting thing that one can say about one’s later life is that if you can sustain your interest in what you’re doing, you’re an extremely fortunate person. What you see very frequently in people’s professional lives, perhaps in their emotional life as well, is that they lose interest in the third act. You sort of get tired, and indifferent, and sometimes defensive. And you kind of lose your capacity for astonishment. And that’s a great loss, because the world is a very astonishing place. So I think what I feel fortunate about is that I am still astonished, that things still amaze me.

I think that that’s a great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears, where basically you have to admit you never learn it.”

— Milton Glaser