Roger Ebert Quotes
It is human nature to look away from illness. We don't enjoy a reminder of our own fragile mortality. That's why writing on the Internet has become a life-saver for me. My ability to think and write have not been affected. And on the Web, my real voice finds expression.
TED Talk (March 2011)
The only things the astronauts saw from outer space were Three Mile Island and your forehead.
Joke about Gene Siskel's receding hairline.
When I am writing, my problems become invisible, and I am the same person I always was. All is well. I am as I should be.
In an interview with Esquire, 2010
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
First published in the "Roger Ebert's Journal" column (19 May 2010)
A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.
First published in the "Movie Answer Man" column (18 September 2005)
Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions never lie to you.
About how he judged film values.
I have discovered a goodness and decency in people as exhibited in all the letters, e-mails, flowers, gifts and prayers that have been directed my way. I am overwhelmed and humbled. I offer you my most sincere thanks and my deep and abiding gratitude. If I ever write my memoirs, I have some spellbinding material. How does the Joni Mitchell song go? "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone"? One thing I've discovered is that I love my job more than I thought I did, and I love my wife even more!
"Roger writes to readers" Chicago Sun Times (October 11, 2006)
Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.
"Critical Eye" column, Yahoo! Internet Life, September 1998, p. 66