Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quote of the Day


"The entity making such a remark might be a raving, terrified person whose cancer has spread to the brain. I can't guarantee that such an entity wouldn't make such a ridiculous remark, but no one recognizable as myself would ever make such a remark."

-- Christopher Hitchens, on the likelihood that he'll change his famously atheist stance and reveal that he's "found God" now that he's essentially dying of cancer

Sorry about all the Hitchens-centric material lately, but I think it's safe to say that the man has become even more fascinating now that his convictions are being put to the ultimate test and, admirably, he's refused to back down or make excuses for his lifestyle.

This is why I love and respect him as much as I do: he's brilliant, beautifully flawed, and intellectually honest to the very end.

7 comments:

dls said...

I'm glad he's around and I hope he stays around for a long time to come but his arguments regarding the Iraq War are anything but intellectually honest.

Mozglubov said...

Speaking of Christopher Hitchens, I do love Jeffrey Goldberg's response to those praying for him to die.

LMCtech said...

I welcome all the Hitchensiana. His attitude to cancer is similar to my husband's and it's nice to see it validated by someone so eloquent.

Eric said...

If Charles Darwin had possessed the foresight to write something like that down somewhere, maybe we'd have been spared more than a century of spurious deathbed confession stories. Power to Hitchens for nipping them in the bud here and now.

Anyway, it's times like this that I'm reminded why the other half of my whole love/hate thing for Hitchens is, indeed, love.

Mart said...

If Hitchens declares he's found God while wracked by cancers pain; I pray God damns him to Hell.

Deaddancer said...

I can for one say, please keep the Hitchens posts coming strong and hard. And yeah, I know, TWSS. At the ripe 'ol age of 40, this guy is quickly becoming my hero. And not that he gives us shit. Exactly.

Anonymous said...

He may well be a great pamphleteer, a great character, and even to be admired, but intellectually honest? Hmmm.