Monthly Archives: February 2015

Oliver Sacks on Dying

Probably not the most cheerful post title you’ve ever read, but what he has to say about dying is what I want to feel about living, every day:

“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”

– Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine.

I’ve read many of his books and all of them have been fascinating, but none of his words have inspired me so much as these.

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