The book about an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson. :)
It’s a true story about a former student and his professor names Morrie who suffered ALS and was dying. A visit turned to regular meetings every Tuesday, talking about life, the meaning of, and what’s important in.
The book is as good as I expected. I would recommend this book to everyone that I care about. Like Morrie said, I too believe that most people in this world are sleepwalking day by day instead of living. Really living. How wonderful the world could be, if everyone could stop and wake up. See. Think.
~ Finished it on 12 December 2005
“For one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. Most people can’t do it. They’re more unhappy than me–even in my current condition.” ~ Morrie
“Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too–even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
“The culture doesn’t encourage you to think about such things until you’re about to die. We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks–we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?” ~ Morrie
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Adams
“You know what that [wish to go back young again] reflects? Unsatisfied lives, Unfulfilled lives, Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward, You want to see more, do more. You can’t wait until sixty-five.” ~ Morrie
“We’ve got a form of brainwashing going on in our country. They repeat something over and over. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it–and have it repeated to us–over and over until nobody bothers to even thing otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore.
You know how I always interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works, You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness of for a sense of comradeship. When you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.” ~ Morrie
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” ~ Morrie
“If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at 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. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.” ~ Morrie
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“So many people with far smaller problems are so self-absorbed, their eyes glaze over if you speak for more than thirty seconds. They already have something else in mind–a friend to call, a fax to send, a lover they’re daydreaming about. They only snap back to full attention when you finish talking, at which point they “Uh-huh” or “Yeah, really” and fake their way back to the moment.” ~ Mitch Albom
“Part of the problem, Mitch, is that everyone is in such a hurry. People haven’t found meaning in their lives, so they’re running all the time looking for it. They think the next car, the next house, the next job. Then they find those things are empty, too, and they keep running.” ~ Morrie
“There are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage. If you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike. And the biggest one of those values, Mitch? Your belief in the importance of your marriage.” ~ Morrie
“People are only mean when they’re threatened, and that’s what our culture does. That’s what our economy does. Even people who have jobs in our economy are threatened, because they worry about losing them. And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself. You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture. Which is why I don’t buy into it.” ~ Morrie
“Here’s what I mean by building your own little sub-culture. I don’t mean you disregard every rule of your community. I don’t go around naked, for example. I don’t run through red lights. The little things, I can obey. But the big things–how we think, what we value–those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone–or any society–determine those for you.” ~ Morrie
“It’s not just other people we need to forgive. We also need to forgive ourselves. For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened.” ~ Morrie
“There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like. In business, people negotiate to win. They negotiate to get what they want. Maybe you’re too used to that. Love is different. Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own.” ~ Morrie
“When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” ~ Morrie
“Most of us all walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do.” ~ Morrie