Roger Ebert died on Thursday, just days after revealing that cancer had returned to his body, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
On Tuesday, the 70-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic wrote on his blog that he planned to “slow down” and take “a leave of presence.”
“What in the world is a leave of presence?” he continued. “It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me.”
Ebert is survived by his family and his words:
“No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough.”
“She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life, she has my love, she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading,” he wrote about wife Chaz Hammelsmith.
“Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.”
“My newspaper job … is my identity.”
“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.”
“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”
“Years from now it is quite possible that ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ will be seen as the definitive film of the 1960s.”
“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”
“No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.”
“To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion.”
“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn't.”
“I've been around a long time, and young men, if there is one thing I know, it is that the only way to kiss a girl for the first time is to look like you want to and intend to, and move in fast enough to seem eager but slow enough to give her a chance to say ‘So anyway ...’ and look up as if she's trying to remember your name.”
"…thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."