1.whats gist of this sentence?"Well he’s not at all a doctrinaire"
2.and gist of this part"let alone forty"
ASHBROOK: Thank heavens for the first century! Thank heavens for water.
I’m trying to think what sets you apart … I noted here, reading in your
background, you’ve been in psychoanalysis for forty-six years with the
same Freudian psychoanalyst. Is that key to your mental health? To the
joy you find at eighty?
SACKS: Well he’s not at all a doctrinaire, but he certainly knows me very
well, and I think he likes me, which helps me like myself, which I
haven’t always done. And again, I think I’m lucky there, and more than
lucky. I have had a lot of impulsive and destructive trades with drugs,
and other ways, and my friends didn’t expect me to make thirty, let
alone forty, and I think it’s partly due to the good analyst that I’ve
actually reached eighty.