Quotes from Tuesdays with Morrie, non-fiction novel by American writer Mitch Albom about Morrie Schwartz that made me think
So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are 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..~Tuesdays with Morrie (Schwartz)", ~ Taking Attendance
Death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another
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 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?" ~ The Third Tuesday
"This is part of what a family is all about, not just love, but letting others know there's someone who is watching out for them.... Knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money, Not fame." ~ The Fifth Tuesday
“There is no experience like having children. That’s all. There is no substitute for it. You cannot do it with a friend, You cannot do it with a lover. If you want to have the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children.”
~ The Fifth Tuesday
"You know what the Buddists say? Don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent" ~ The Sixth Tuesday
Vietnam, Antiwar, Drafting
Brandeis University - Students who did not maintain a certain grade point average could lose their deferments and be drafted. The professors decided not to give any grades. The administration said who didn't have a grade will fail . Morrie had a solution, he gave everyone "A" . Morrie had many of the radical students in his class, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Angela Davis. ~ The Professor
At Brandeis University, the students took over Ford Hall and draped a banner that read Malcolm X University. Morrie negotiated with the students to end the protest.~ The Professor
Baby boomer generation are great at small talk: "What do you do?" "Where do you live?" Do people really listen to people without trying to sell you something, pick them up, recuit them, or get some kind of status in return..~ The NinthTuesday
Friends are great , but friends are not going to be here on a night when you are coughing and can't sleep and has to sit up all night with you, comfort you, try to be helpful.
- 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. The biggest one of those values is the importance of marriage.