Nine Life Lessons Learned from Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert was an American film critic, screenwriter, and journalist whose columns and reviews appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and were syndicated in more than 200 newspapers across the country.

Ebert made a name for himself in the candid and no-apology approach he had toward film review, earning him a Pulitzer Prize and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2006, Ebert suffered complications after a thyroid cancer surgery that left him unable to speak, but he continued to write, review, and participate in interviews. Ebert died Thursday morning. He was 70 years old.

Here are just a few lessons he left behind:

See also:
- Five Favorite Nora Ephron Movie Moments
- Seven Art Lessons Learned from Robert Hughes (1938-2012)

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

8. 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.

7. 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.

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

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