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I know those are the conventional virtues that are inscribed on tombstones--but he is the one person in a million who deserves them. Perhaps these virtues are so common in cemeteries because they are so rare in life.

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Source Notes: Letter to his wife Agnes, 10 August 1920, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997). O'Neill describes watching his father die of intestinal cancer. He refers to his father as someone who was "well-liked" and a good husband and father.

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