Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesdays with Morrie

Dear Tonsilitis, my every swallow is a struggle. Thanks to you. While having difficulty of speaking, here's what keeps me busy.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Summary: Newspaper columnist Mitch Albom recounts his time spent with his 78 year old sociologyprofessor at Brandies University, Morrie Shwartz, who was dying from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Albom, a former student of Schwartz, had not corresponded with him since attending his college classes sixteen years earlier. The first three chapters begin with: an ambiguous introduction to the final conversation between Albom and Schwartz, a brief flashback to Albom's graduation 20 years earlier, and a brief recount of the events Albom experiences between his graduation and the point where he becomes prompted to return to his professor.

Tuesdays with Morrie, some quotes to share:

"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."

"As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, its also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it."

"The truth is, you don't get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction? ...Offering others what you have to give."

"Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others."

"Death ends a life, not a relationship."

"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 shoff off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will envy you. Status will get you nowhere "