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Roger Ebert's Last Words


Just... wow.

"I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris."
--- Roger Ebert on his eventual death.

But more upliftingly:

"Chaz is always my protector. She had her doubts. She worries that I'm too impulsive and trusting. She is correct. Left entirely to my own devices, god knows what I might be capable of. She would follow me into the mouth of a cannon, but first she'd say, "Do you really think it's a good idea to crawl into that cannon?" Then I would explain that it was my duty as a journalist, a film critic, a liberal, or a human being, etc., to crawl into the cannon. And she'd suggest I sleep on it and crawl into the cannon fresh and early in the morning."

He's a smarter, more articulate man then I ever thought. I hope you stay with us for a while yet, Mr. Ebert.


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Feb. 25th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
I discovered your journal via a search on "running", and promptly found these amazing quotes. Thank you!
Mar. 18th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! :D I was just so shocked by what's happened to him, I had to write them down.
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