“Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.”
I discovered the work of Christopher Hitchens by way of Vanity Fair. Actually, I subscribed to the magazine on the sole basis of his column and then, when I still wanted more, I began buying his books.
He was so literate, so articulate, so educated, so uncompromising. It seems as if it was his self-appointed job to always be the honest person in the room (or at least, to always tell the truth as he saw it to be) – never considering popularity or politeness yet, I suspect, always managing to remain both popular and polite.
“Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.”