“You won't get a wild heroic ride to heaven on pretty little sounds.”– George Ives
From his NYTimes obit (Dec 2000):When he approached 90, his doctors warned him against [falling off the piano bench]. So, he told Ralph Blumenthal of The Times in 1999, "I still don't do it." But of course, he did, in every show.Mr. Schonberg asked Mr. Borge why he continued to maintain a crushing schedule."Why not?" Mr. Borge said. "If it was a strain, I wouldn't do it. But I can do it. I haven't faltered yet. I know life. I have had a full measure of experience. Shouldn't I take advantage of it? These days my acts are the essence of what I have accomplished. The fruit is on the tree. Should I let it rot?"What I do, I do well and I know it. I have always worked for two audiences at the same time. One is sophisticated, the other not musically oriented. I notice that the ones who laugh most are composed of professionals, as when I do my act with orchestras. But my jokes must be understood by everybody. Nobody must be bored. It is a fine line that I walk."