As you've probably heard by now, Roger Ebert died today at 70 years old. A while ago, I came across a quote by him that had a profound impact on me.

I saw this quote in a lengthy online piece that he wrote about his battle with cancer and his thoughts on life and of course movies. The quote is simple but, to me at least, a profoundly simple way that we can all live our lives:

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.

Wise words from a man who was best known as a writer, but not necessarily a philosopher. I keep these words with me, on my Facebook page, as a reminder of how we can all strive to live our lives.

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