Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

"'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. 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

No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks.

During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.

'It is the fate of every human being,' Sacks writes, 'to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.'

Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.

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Posts by The Imperfectionist on Gratitude:

During the last two years of his life, Oliver Sacks, called the “Poet Laureate of Medicine,” wrote a series of essays on life, aging, and mortality for The New York Times.

These four essays were posthumously published in his book Gratitude, a quick but incredibly touching collection that remains with you long after you finish reading.

You can find each essay online, but they should be read together in one sitting. Perhaps twice.

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