Stan Lee, one of the most creative minds in the 21st century, and the man behind many of the Marvel heroes and villains we love, died on Monday at the age of 95.

Following years struggling with a number of illnesses, including pneumonia and vision problems, his daughter, Joan Cecila Lee said in a statement to TMZ:

My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.

The comic book writer, whose characters including Spider-Man, Daredevil and Black Panther cross generational and cultural divides, was a source of entertainment, but also inspiration and comfort.

Over the years, he’s imparted much wisdom, sometimes through anecdotes, other times through interviews.

Here are some of the most important things he has said:

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