“He also professed to have no regrets for a lifetime of heavy smoking and drinking. ‘Writing is what’s important to me, and anything that helps me do that — or enhances and prolongs and deepens and sometimes intensifies argument and conversation — is worth it to me,’ he told Charlie Rose in a television interview in 2010, adding that it was ‘impossible for me to imagine having my life without going to those parties, without having those late nights, without that second bottle.’”
Christopher Hitchens’ obit. Probably a good quote to go out on.