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21 Roger Ebert quotes to make you feel better about yourself

By / 04.11.13

"We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds."

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Renowned and beloved film critic Roger Ebert passed away last week, so in honor this week we’ll be looking at 21 of the very best Roger Ebert quotes. Undoubtedly you read a review of his at some point, or your movie-going was somehow effected by the words he’d put to paper. It actually saddens me that I have to do this post as a tribute, because Roger had such a fluid way with words that made him deserving of a quotes round-up at any point, on any day, several times over.



Popular quotes can serve both as a reminder of humility, a source of humor and a catalyst of inspiration. So if popular quotes is what you fancy then be sure to check out past editions of this post here.

“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try.”

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“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn't.”

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 "Every great film should seem new every time you see it."

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"Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you."

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"The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His."

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'"Kindness' covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do."

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"I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state ... I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting."

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"It is human nature to look away from illness. We don’t enjoy a reminder of our own fragile mortality."

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"Doing research on the web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly."

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"We are born into a box of time and space. We use words and communication to break out of it and to reach out to others."

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“It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”

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“Life always has an unhappy ending, but you can have a lot of fun along the way, and everything doesn't have to be dripping in deep significance.”

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“What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable.”

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"Because of the rush of human knowledge, because of the digital revolution, I have a voice, and I do not need to scream."

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“Socrates told us, "the unexamined life is not worth living." I think he's calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge.”

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“There are no guarantees. But there is also nothing to fear. We come from oblivion when we are born. We return to oblivion when we die. The astonishing thing is this period of in-between.”

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“All I know is, it is better to be the whale than the squid.”

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"So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."

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Cass Anderson
About Cass Anderson... Cass is the social media editor and Director of Online Marketing for Guyism.com. You will find him at every Phish show that has ever existed, even ones before he was born.

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