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“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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“It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”
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“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”
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“Sometimes two people will regard each other over a gulf too wide to ever be bridged, and know immediately what could have happened, and that it never will.”
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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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“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. ”
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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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“An honest bookstore would post the following sign above its 'self-help' section: 'For true self-help, please visit our philosophy, literature, history and science sections, find yourself a good book, read it, and think about it.”
Roger Ebert, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
“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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“The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.”
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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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“Every great film should seem new every time you see it."
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“The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don't wait for her. Start alone.”
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“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn't.”
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“I was born inside the movie of my life. The visuals were before me, the audio surrounded me, the plot unfolded inevitably but not necessarily. I don't remember how I got into the movie, but it continues to entertain me.”
Roger Ebert, Life Itself
“Because we are human, because we are bound by gravity and the limitations of our bodies, because we live in a world where the news is often bad and the prospects disturbing, there is a need for another world somewhere, a world where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers live.”
Roger Ebert, The Great Movies III
“All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it.”
Roger Ebert, Life Itself
“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.”
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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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“Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?”
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“Nicholas Sparks recently went on record as saying he is a greater novelist than Cormac McCarthy. This is true in the same sense that I am a better novelist than William Shakespeare.”
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“Of all the purposes of education, I think the most useful is this: It prepares you to keep yourself entertained. It gives you a better chance of an interesting job.”
Roger Ebert
“Gene [Siskel] often mentioned something François Truffaut once told him: the most beautiful sight in a movie theater is to walk down to the front, turn around, and look at the light from the screen reflected on the upturned faces of the members of the audience.”
Roger Ebert
“In thinking about 'depressing movies,' many people don't realize that all bad movies are depressing, and no good movies are.”
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“At the end of the day, some authors will endure and most, including some very good ones, will not. Why do I think reading is important? It is such an effective medium between mind and mind. We think largely in words. A medium made only of words doesn't impose the barrier of any other medium. It is naked and unprotected communication. That's how you get pregnant. May you always be so.”
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“A corner is important. It provides privacy and an anchor and lets you exist independently of the room.”
Roger Ebert, Life Itself
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“Start. Don’t look back. If at the end it doesn’t meet your hopes, start again. Now you know more about your hopes.”
Roger Ebert
“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.”
Roger Ebert, Life Itself
“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”
Roger Ebert
“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”
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