"How about you gain more perspective?" Giuliani said. "As you get older, you see the value of things. Getting through cancer and getting through Sept. 11 has probably given me a sense of relevance and perspective that I didn't have as much before, which is a lot of things that seem important aren't all that important. When you go through a day in your life and you don't know if you're going to live and you don't know if people around you are going to live, and you find out that some live and some die; when things come up that are not so big, you tend to think, come on, let's concentrate on the big things here.
"Somebody personally attacks me — that's not fatal," he said laughing. "I've been through fatal."