Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest LessonTuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tuesdays With Morrie was published in 1997, so it is a familiar book to many. I have owned it for a long time, having enjoyed some other Mitch Albom boks. Tuesdays With Morrie is an autobiographical account of Albom’s mentor relationship with a college professor. The professor (Morrie Schwartz) had ALS and Albom made weekly visits (on Tuesdays) to compose a dissertation about life and death and making the most of both.

A few of my favorite quotes from Morrie:

-The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.

-Well, the truth is, if you really listen to that bird on your shoulder, if you accept that you can die at any time – then you might not be as ambitious as you are.

-Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. You notice there’s nothing in there about a salary.

-If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere.

-Love is how you stay alive, even after you’re gone.

-Be compassionate and take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place.

-Death ends a life, not a relationship.

There is so much wisdom in this book and it touched me on several levels. I cried several times while reading this book, and I’m not sure exactly why. But I’m very glad I read this, and I hope I can stay alert to the perspectives it presents about life and death and grief and love and friendship and family. By default I give books I read that I enjoy a rating of four stars. I do that so that sometimes when a book is extraordinary, I can give it five stars. This is a five star book.

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