Tuesday’s with Morrie is a heartfelt story of a professor suffering from ALS talking with his favorite student about life and death.
- “Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do.”
- “Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it.”
- “Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others.”
- “Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.”
- Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.
- “The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”
- “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
- “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?”
- “If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is supremely important. Love each other or perish.”
- As you grow, 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, it’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.
- It is impossible for the old not to envy the young. But the issue is to accept who you are and revel in that. You have to find what’s good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now.
- “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning when I wake up, I am reborn.” -Gandhi
- If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. If you’re you’re trying to show off for the people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere.
- “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”