Aly Semigran
December 16, 2011 AT 05:15 PM EST

Since it’s nearly impossible to find the right words in order to give the proper credit to the fascinating, daring life and legacy of Christopher Hitchens (yep, this just about expresses exactly what it feels like today) it’s best to let him do the talking. In the wake of the passing of Hitchens, who died at the age of 62 after a battle with esophageal cancer, fans are remembering the writer and polemicist through his literary works, as well as his many televised appearances and public talks. Below are clips of some of his most memorable moments. Watch and — as Hitchens would have wanted — learn:

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