“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it,” spoke my hero, Robert Jordan, in For Whom the Bell Tolls. And I do, too. I hate to leave it. But I donâ€™t have a complaint. Not one. Itâ€™s been quite a ride. Iâ€™ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. Iâ€™ve lived very well and Iâ€™ve been deprived of all comforts. Iâ€™ve been as lonely as a person can be and Iâ€™ve enjoyed the company of heroes. Iâ€™ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.
I hope those who mourn my passing, and even those who donâ€™t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued service is the hope of the world. And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.
John McCain, The Restless Wave, 2018