A quick perusal of Google reveals that there are books offering us “the wit and wisdom” of any number of celebrities past and present, real and fictional. Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Ronald Reagan, Tyrion Lannister, the Crawley family of Downton Abbey: They all, apparently, have something to teach us about smiling through life’s many challenges.
But surely none of them have anything, in the bon mots department, on Venus Williams. Over the course of the first eight days at this year’s Wimbledon, the 36-year-old former No. 1 has shown off all of her savvy and sagacity. On the court, Venus has reached her first quarterfinal at the All England Club since 2010. Off it, she has been even better. In her post-match interviews, Venus has turned herself into a one-woman deep-quote machine.
On Day 1, after outlasting Donna Vekic, a woman 17 years her junior, in three long sets, Venus was asked about aging. In response, she gave us this bit of cosmic optimism to chew on:
“I don’t think anyone feels older,” she said. “You have this infinity inside you that feels like it could go on forever.”