What Farmers Can Learn From a Film Critic
Apr 05, 2013
Writers appreciate other writers, so even though I’ve never written a movie review, I have always respected and admired Roger Ebert. The prolific Chicago Sun-Times film critic always had a unique grace and elegance to his writing. His wit was quick, and his turns of phrase were among the best.
Even though Ebert was a movie critic, his good writing tends often transcended its subject matter. Ebert, who lost his battle to cancer yesterday, also spent a good deal of time contemplating his life and life in general. Here are a few of his most memorable quotes that can inspire us all:
"Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you."
"We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds."
"What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: curious and teachable."
"I began to realize that I had tended to avoid some people because of my instant conclusions about who they were and what they would have to say. I discovered that everyone, speaking honestly and openly, had important things to tell me."
"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."
"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."
"I know death is coming, and I do not fear it. 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."
Thank you, Roger.