Film and TV

9 Life Lessons Learned From Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Comments (0)


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert was an American film critic, screenwriter, and journalist, whose columns and reviews appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and were syndicated in more than 200 newspapers across the country.

Ebert made a name for himself in the candid and no-apology approach he had toward film review, earning him a Pulitzer Prize and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2006, Ebert suffered complications after a thyroid cancer surgery that left him unable to speak, but he continued to write, review, and participate in interviews. Ebert died Thursday morning. He was 70 years old.

Here are just a few lessons he left behind ...

See also:

- Five Favorite Nora Ephron Movie Moments

- Seven Art Lessons Learned from Robert Hughes (1938-2012)

9. Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.

8. I believe that if, at the end of it all, 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.

7. Life always has an unhappy ending, but you can have a lot of fun along the way, and everything doesn't have to be dripping in deep significance.

6. What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable.

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets


  • Karaoke Pole Dancing @ The Viper Room
    Sam's Hofbrau presented "Sam Tripoli's Rock N Pole Championship" this week at The Viper Room. Paired up karaoke singers and pole dancers competed for a nice cash prize and Hollywood Hustler gift bags. Entertainment included a special appearance by porn star Tera Patrick, serving as judge, and performing a burlesque number. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • The Best L.A. Costumes of 2014 (So Far)
    It's no secret that SoCal knows what it's doing when it comes to make-up and costume design, (hello, Hollywood!) so it makes sense that we would also have the world's best cosplay. Here are our picks for the best of 2014 (so far).
  • Lina in L.A. -- The Dog & Pony Show
    Comedian, burlesque diva and L.A.'s most fabulous little person, Selene Luna, hosts a wild variety show (no pups or ponies, just great performers) Mondays at Akbar. Recently, the fun featured strip tease from Audrey DeLuxe, standup from Michael Patrick Duggan, Paul Jacek and Mary Kennedy and the smokin' musical stylings of Crissy Guerrero and Kristian Hoffman.