Her courage is inspirational. What is most impressive about her is not how she faced dying, but how she lived while knowing she was dying.
Condolences to her friends and family, especially her children.
Elizabeth Edwards, who died of breast cancer today at age 61, faced some of life's most brutal challenges with determination and grace.
Reading from her book, a passage about her children: "When they are older and telling their own children about their grandmother, they will be able to say that she stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way -- and it surely has not -- she adjusted her sails.
From the death of her eldest son to the high-profile breakup of her marriage and the breast cancer she just couldn't beat, Edwards often spoke of honesty and living the best life possible.
Below are quotes that showcase her resiliency.
On breast cancer, during a 2007 campaign press conference with John Edwards: "It was that attitude we're going to always look for the silver lining. It is who we are as people and we'll continue to do it."
On fighting cancer, in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts: "I'm not going to get better so I'm just going to wait to die then, that's not an alternative. You know, I want to spend the remainder of my days living -- whatever description that is."
On telling her children that she would die from cancer, in a 2007 interview with ABC News' Cynthia McFadden: "We didn't try to prettify that in any way. This is the way it is."
"But we also said, at the same time, you know, everybody who's sitting at this table who's not going to die, raise your hand. And they realized that we're all going to die. But we are also extraordinarily honest with them because there will come a day when they're going to have to accept that cancer has, at some point, taken me."
On losing a child, at a 2007 speech in Cleveland: "One of the things I always say to every group where I get a chance to talk about my book at all is to say, 'If you know someone who has lost a child or lost anybody who's important to them, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn't forget they died. You're not reminding them. What you're reminding them of is that you remember that they lived, and that's a great, great gift.'"