The doctors looked at me; they’re mumbling among themselves. Two minutes later a chaplain comes up — opening words: ‘God loves you.’ I said: ‘I know that. I love Him too,’ Inouye recounted with a chuckle. ‘But I’m not ready to meet Him yet!’
– DANIEL K. INOUYE
From “Journey to Washington,” recounting being shot three times in combat. Published 1967.