O MagazineQuincy JonesInterview

O Magazine interview

1 Oct, 2001

Jones discusses the impact of a brain aneurysm he had at age 41 in an interview with O Magazine.

It made me realize that if I lived to age 82, I would have about 30,000 days on this earth. And that number had to be cut in thirds—I’d sleep for 10,000 days, work for 10,000 days, then do whatever else in the remaining time. After the aneurysm, the doctor told me that deep in our subconscious, each of us has either a life force or a death wish. He said those who have a death wish can be taken out by the flu. But the ones who have a life force survive.

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