Oliver Sacks’ final essays on gratitude

One of the greatest modern scientists died this August.  In the last two years of his life, Oliver Sacks wrote four essays on living well.  The essays were originally published in the New York Times, and they’re now compiled into a book that went on sale yesterday.  The book is simply titled, Gratitude.

This week, we’re all busy with the Thanksgiving holiday, so I’ll just share a quote from the book and that’ll be it.  I plan on diving into Oliver Sacks’ writing as soon as I finish my current books.

“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But 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; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.

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

Happy Thanksgiving.  Love you guys.