Paul Kalanithi

Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer

Paul Kalanithi (April 1, 1977 – March 9, 2015) was an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer, known for his memoir When Breath Becomes Air (2016) about his life and fatal illness.


  • Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.
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