Being Mortal Quotes

Atul Gawande
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He was surrounded and supported by family at all times, and he was revered – not in spite of his age because of it.
-- Dr. Gawande (Chapter 1 paragraph Page 15)

Importance: Atul embraced American life but could not believe how Americans abandoned their elderly. By contrast, Atul recalls visiting his grandfather when he was 100 years old and had the full support of his loved ones.

The body's decline creeps like a vine. Day to day, the changes can be imperceptible. You adapt. Then something happens that finally makes it clear that things are no longer the same.
-- Dr. Gawande (Chapter 2 paragraph Page 41)

Importance: Atul explains how aging is a long process that is irreversible and ultimately results in the end to independence and the reliance on others for survival.

Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre.
-- Philip Roth (Chapter 3 paragraph Page 52)

Importance: The author captures the aging process in a few sentences in his book,”Everyman.” Atul Gawande describes that aging is an on-going process that...

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