There is such a thing as too much beauty in a woman and it is often a burden as crippling as homeliness and far more dangerous. It takes much luck and integrity to survive the gift of perfect beauty, and its impermanence is its most cunning betrayal.
This idea of how everything is interconnected, and the impermanence of things. It sums up the human condition to me, and it helps me on my path.
A group called Rosetta Life, that sends artists out to hospices in England, came to talk to me in February 2003. I lost my partner of 22 years in November 2002, so I was really in my grieving process - I still am - but I was thinking of nothing but impermanence then.
The whole city (Los Angeles) gives you the impression of impermanence. You have the feeling that one day someone is going to yell. Cut Strike it and then the stagehands will scurry out and remove the mountains, the movie-star homes, the Hollywood Bowl - everything.
The value of impermanence is to call attention to the permanent.
I'm sure that some of the hospice participants will be in the audience. One of them has already died. And, you know, all of us have impermanence in common.