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“I prayed ceaselessly for him, a desperate human prayer. Not for his life, no one could take that cup from him, but for the strength to endure the unendurable.”

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source: Just Kids (New York: Ecco, 2010), 275.

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“I used to have much confidence in my ability to ward off death. But death is as strong as ever, and I am a much weaker resister.”

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source: letter to Herbert McCloskey, dated December 16, 1997, in Saul Bellow: Letters (New York: Viking, 2010), 538–39.

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“How am I? I’m dying. Everybody is, but…the process has accelerated on me, so I’m looking for ways to try to die more like you.”

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source: “Hitchens Talks to Goldblog About Cancer and God,” by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, August 6, 2010.

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