Roger Ebert kindness quote: Kindness covers all of my political beliefs.
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Zen Pencils writes:
After Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 he underwent several surgeries which left him without a lower jaw or the ability to speak. He found solace on the internet, where he applied his Pulitzer-prize writing skills to the world of blogging. His blog, Roger Ebert’s Journal, took the place of the voice that he had tragically lost and will go down as one of the best-written blogs the internet has ever seen. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it, but it quickly became one of my favourites. Some of his best articles include his takedown of the pro-creationist film Expelled, where Ebert beautifully argues the case for evolution, his infamous post on why video games can never be art (I strongly disagree with him on that topic) and his past battles with alcoholism (there are literally hundreds of more fantastic posts you can read in the archives). In 2010, Ebert won the Webby award for person of the year “for his contributions to the craft of online writing and journalism” and making the internet “a more thoughtful, engaging and self-aware environment.”
This quote was taken from Ebert’s autobiography Life Itself, which is being turned into a documentary produced by Martin Scorsese.
Here's the full quote from the book:
“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. 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. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”